Shooting sports

For shooting sports, you must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC). Offered in classroom or live online, with indoor exams session (required).

The Certificate attesting the successful completion of the CFSC obtained as a result of this course is required to complete an application for a Firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL). For restricted weapons (handguns) you must take, in addition to the CFSC, the course for restricted firearms (CRFSC) offered by the Fédération québécoise de tir.

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  • Course duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Cost: $ 94.50 (including taxes) for the paperback manual, the practical test and the theoretical exam
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To register for this course, you must be at least 12 years old (the day of the course). Photo ID will be required during the course.

The Certificate attesting the successful completion of the CFSC is issued by Sécurité nature to students who have successfully completed the CFSC course, but who do not intend to request the Hunter's Certificate. In Québec, it replaces the Canadian Safety Course on the Handling of Unrestricted Firearms (Form RCMP 5484 / CAFC 332) used in other provinces. It is used to complete the Firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) application form as proof of successful completion of the CFSC course.

We strongly suggest that you book your lessons in advance to ensure availability and be ready in time for your hunting season. In addition, Sécurité nature reminds you to allow a period of 3 to 4 weeks following your course before receiving your certification.



Likewise, it is not possible to take the CSFC course under a firearms prohibition order. To take the course, you must wait until the interdiction period is over.

If you take this course during any of these periods, they will not be recognized and you will not be reimbursed. You will have to take the courses again and pay the corresponding fees at the end of the cancellation or prohibition order period.




Learn more about the Firearm possession and acquisition licence (PAL) Permis de possession et acquisition d'arme à feu

Student manual

The digital manual is available to you at all times for reference.

Cours canadien de sécurité dans le maniement des armes à feu Canadian Firearms Safety Course

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