Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC)


Whether you’re interested in applying for a Canadian firearms license, or are simply interested in learning more about gun safety, this is the course for you. It’s one of Silvercore's most popular classes and the first step for those looking to get into target shooting, hunting, a career in law enforcement, the outdoor sector or the movie industry.

Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, our RCMP approved course curriculum covers non-restricted (long guns) firearms in the most efficient manner available. This course is offered over two consecutive days and includes testing. Passing this course is a federal requirement to apply for your non-restricted Possession and Acquisition License (PAL).

This course includes

  • Safety rules (ACTS and PROVE).
  • Loading and unloading of 5 typical action types.
  • Firearms history.
  • Ammunition types (rifle and shotgun).
  • Best practices for using a firearm in the field or at the range.
  • Carrying positions and cleaning principles.
  • Overview of Canadian gun laws and regulations.
  • Hands-on practice session on deactivated firearms.
  • Federal multiple choice & practical tests (CFSC - non-restricted).
  • PAL application package, to be submitted to the CFO by the student after successful completion of the course.
  • Official RCMP CFSC course manual (free pdf).

Course fee

  • Only $190 CAD + tax (includes exams).
    • Looking for your restricted license as well? Purchase the combined CFSC/CRFSC course for $270 + tax, which is $55 in savings!


  • Students registering for this course have the option to add on the Online Theory course for an additional $20, providing you with $39 in savings! You'll be given the option to add this on at checkout when purchasing this course. Must be purchased at the same time as your in-person course to redeem discounted rate and cannot be retroactively applied (ie. purchased at full price before (or after) the course and request a refund for discounted rate) .

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Silvercore is approved and recognized by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Anyone over the age of 16 who takes a course with Silvercore which either enables them to work or improves their skills in a recognized occupation may be eligible to claim their course fees under the education and textbook tax credits. Contact us for your T2022A tax form and check out Canada Revenue for further information.

Experience driven

Silvercore has been offering the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) since 1994 and is responsible for training many of the active instructors in British Columbia. Our instructors are members of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and hold certifications through various police agencies.

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  • Age 12+ for non-restricted (written consent from parent/guardian for minors).
  • Minors may only take the CFSC test to apply for a minor’s license.
  • 100% course participation is required for testing.
  • RCMP requires that any retests are to be taken within 7 days.


  • Note taking materials (pen and paper).
  • 1 piece of government issued photo ID.
  • 100% course attendance is required for testing.


Please note that absolutely no live ammunition is allowed into the CFSC or any other course, unless otherwise specified, therefore it is strictly prohibited to bring such to classes you may be enrolled in.


Q: What do I need to prepare for the course?

Below are some study materials to help you prepare for your class. Keep in mind, these are not required to be printed off or completed prior to your class, but included in case you need it as a resource.

Finally, we will supply everything necessary to successfully complete the course, the only thing we ask is that you bring:

  • 1 piece of government-issued photo ID
  • A pen/pencil & a notepad or other note taking materials

Q: Is there any live fire (actual shooting) involved on this course?

No, you will be training with non-firing, deactivated firearms exclusively.

Q: Is this course required to apply for a job with CBSA, RCMP, props department, etc?

Some organizations may require you to provide proof of passing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course to start your job application process. For more information, please contact the organization you’re interested in working for. Silvercore cannot speak on behalf of other organizations’ hiring policies.

Q: Can the Canadian Firearms Safety Course be given in another language?

While the course can be given in any language, The RCMP stipulates that the Canadian Firearms Safety Course is only to be tested in Canada’s two official languages (English and French). Many ESL candidates have had success with the Online Theory that Silvercore offers to prepare for their course in the comfort of their own home.

Q: What mark do I need to pass the CFSC?

To pass the CFSC written examinations you will need to obtain at least 80% on each exam. If you fail to do this, you cannot go on to take the practical exams. To pass the CFSC practical examinations you will need to obtain at least 80% on each exam.

Q: How long will it take to process my PAL application?

Once you have passed the examinations for the CFSC/CRFSC you will fill out your PAL application form and send it into the RCMP. There is a 28 day waiting period and after that point, it will start to be processed. The process can take 3 – 6 months to complete and approve and have your PAL sent out to you.

If you are concerned about your PAL application you can use the RCMP’s website tool to check the status of your PAL or you can call the RCMP at 1-800-731-4000.

Q: How long is my PAL valid for?

5 Years. Upon coming up on expiry, you will want to renew your license using the PAL renewal form or the RCMP’s website. We recommend renewing at least 3 months prior to the expiration just in case it takes a little bit longer to complete.

Q: My PAL expired, do I need to take this course again?

No. If your PAL has expired, you do not need to take the CFSC/CRFSC training again, but you will need proof of having completed training to re-apply.

If you have a copy of your course reports from previous safety training it is still valid and can be re-submitted for application in order to reapply for your PAL.

If you don’t have a copy of your course reports and you completed your safety training with Silvercore, we can provide you with a copy of them for a nominal administrative fee for locating them.

If for whatever reason you are unable to locate or obtain a copy of your reports, you may be able to contact the Chief Firearms Officer to see if they have it on file. They can be contacted at 1-800-731-4000.

Q: Can I take this course if I'm subject to a Peace Bond?

If you have been subject to a peace bond, or protection you may or may not be able to attend the course and should seek legal counsel prior to attending.

Q: If I am prohibited from possessing firearms, can I still take this course?

Any individual prohibited from possessing firearms cannot attend any of our firearms courses including the CFSC/CRFSC, Live Fire courses.

Q: Are there any additional fees for my PAL?

Yes. In addition to your course fees, you will be required to pay a PAL application fee to the Government when sending the application in.

As of March 31 2020 the application fees are as follows:

  • Non-Restricted & Restricted PAL $81.76
    Non-Restricted PAL $61.32

These fees can change from time to time and therefore we recommend checking online for the most up-to-date fees here.

Upcoming Events, Dates & Locations

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  • Jan 27 (Thu) 09:00 - 17:00
  • Jan 28 (Fri) 09:00 - 14:00
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