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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CFSC?

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course provides basic firearms training to anyone who wishes to obtain a Canadian firearms licence to possess or acquire non-restricted firearms. After completion of the course, a written test is administered. All people who wish to obtain a Canadian firearms licence must pass the CFSC test. Visit the Canada Firearms Centre to learn more:
Canada Firearms Centre

What topics will the Canadian Firearms Safety Course cover?

The course covers all material required by the Firearms Education Service of Ontario and the Canadian Firearms Center. Topics include the evolution of firearms, major parts, safety, ammunition, operation, transportation, and storage.

I am under 18 years old. Do I need to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Exam?

Yes. A Possession and Acquisition licence is only issued to those persons 18 years of age and older. Under the age of 18 a person may require a Minor's Permit to possess and use a firearm while under adult supervision. A person under 18 will have to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the exam to apply for the minor's permit or have a firearm in their possession.

I am a first time firearms licence applicant. Can I challenge any of the exams?

No. All first time licence applicants must take the firearms course. Any additional questions are to be directed to the Canadian Firearms Center at 1-800-731-4000.

What is the CRFSC - One Stop?

The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course is an additional course and test for those who wish to possess and/or acquire restricted firearms. You must first take the CFSC within the previous 30 days in order to qualify to take the one stop CRFSC course and test. Someone under 18 must have sucessfully completed the CFSC and have the written consent of their parents (or guardians) before they take this course. Be aware that someone under 18 can not have a restricted endorsement on their firearms license and is only taking this course for educational purposes and can not write the exam. They must retake the course and sucessfully complete the exam after they turn 18.

What is the CRFSC - Stand Alone ?

The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course - Stand Alone is an additional course and test for those who wish to possess and/or acquire restricted firearms.  For someone over 18 there is no requirement to have taken the CFSC prior to taking this course however you must take the CFSC course and pass the exam before you apply for your firearms licence. A person under 18 must have successfully completed the CFSC before taking this course and have the written consent of their parents (or guardians). Someone under 18 is not allowed to write the CRFSC test and will only be able to take the course for educational purposes, they will have to retake the course and compete the exam once they are over 18.

 

What are the costs for the courses and exams?

We charge $170.00 for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (including the exam)(book can be ordered seperately from FSESO). 

We charge $170.00 for the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course - Stand Alone (including the exam)(book can be ordered seperately from FSESO).

We charge $130.00 for the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course - one stop (including the exam)(book can be ordered seperately from FSESO). 

We charge $160.00 for the Ontario Hunter Education Course including the exam and student manual for the course.

(The above fees are reduced by the $50.00 deposit charged to register making them $120.00 for the CFSC, $120.00 for the CRFSC stand alone, $80.00 for the CRFSC one stop and $110.00 for the OHEP courses. The balance is due on the first day of the course)

Where can I purchase the Canadian Firearms Manual?

The book for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course or the Canadian Restricted Safety Course can be purchased from the Firearms Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) (1-800-731-4000  Ext 7514 8-3 EST or their website www.fseso.org/study-manuals ). 

Can I get the student manual electronically?

You can download the book for free from the LINKS page on this site in a PDF format. You can bring the electronic version to class but understand there is no place in the classroom to plug in your laptop, etc. Take note that the manual is not mandatory to attend the class.

How do I register for a course?

To take any of these courses the person must register prior to the course. To register the person can register online or contact Mr. Bill Rudderham of the Avonmore Training Facility at 613-346-1289 and supply a deposit of $50.00 along with their name and phone number. This $50.00 deposit can be in person with cash, or online with Paypal, Visa or Mastercard. Once the deposit is received the person is placed on the class list for the course date they have selected.

Note: Be sure that you want the course and the date you have chosen. Once the deposit has been paid and the course date selected there will be NO refund of the deposit or rescheduling of course. 

Note: A course will only be held if there are a minimum of 5 people registered. If less than 5 the deposits will be returned or an alternate date agreed upon.

The remainder of the course fee is payable by cash only on the first day of the course.

What is the FSESO?

The Firearm Safety Education Service of Ontario is an association of instructors in Ontario who are certified by the Chief Provincial Firearms Office to teach the Canadian Firearm Safety Course. All CFSC instructors in Ontario must be certified by the FSESO. You may wish to visit their website to learn more:
FSESO

Is a Hunter Education Course in Ontario the same as the Canadian Firearms Safety Course?

No. The Ontario Hunter Education Course is a provincial course which a person must take and then pass the written test to be eligible to obtain an Ontario Outdoors Card. The Ontario Outdoors Card allows a person to purchase a resident hunting license in Ontario for archery only. (To hunt with a firearm you must prove to the Ministry of Natural Resources you passed the CFSC test as well as the Hunter Education test.) 

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course is a federal course. You must pass the CFSC test to be able to obtain a Possession and Acquisition licence for non-restricted firearms.

Do I need the to take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the exam to hunt in Ontario?

No. A person can hunt in Ontario, for certain wildlife, without a posessing a valid Firearms License  however only with archery equipment during the respective archery season. The Firearms License is required for the possession of firearms used while hunting.

Can I take the Firearms and/or Hunting test without taking the course?

No. First time license applicants must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and pass the test to get a non-restricted firearms licence. They must also take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and pass the test to get a restricted firearms license.
You must take the Hunter Education Course and can not just challenge the test.

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Can I take the CFSC or CRFSC course elsewhere?

Yes. The courses are is offered by hundreds of independent instructors across Ontario. The Avonmore Training Facility is among the most economical options available, and we offer a quality course. For a list of other instructors, visit the FSESO website:
FSESO Instructors

 


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