Silver Willow Sporting Club is pleased to offer the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) as part of their comprehensive firearms training program.

Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Successful completion of the CFSC entitles you to apply for a Non-Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), which is necessary for the purchase of any non-restricted firearm and ammunition in Canada. 

The CFSC is a one day, eight-hour course and is a pre-requisite for the CRFSC.  Silver Willow offers the CFSC on select Saturdays once a month from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch is provided and is included in the cost of the course; students may bring their own lunches if they prefer.  

Recent changes in the legislation preclude anyone from challenging the test – everyone taking the test must have completed the classroom portion of the course.

The PAL must be renewed every five years. 

Canadian Restricted Firearms Course

Successful completion of the CRFSC entitles you to apply for a Restricted Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), which allows for the purchase of all non-restricted firearms as well as any restricted firearm. 

The CRFSC is offered the day after the CFSC, and will typically run from 8:00 am to 1 pm on Sunday. Those registering for the CRFSC must have successfully completed the CFSC first.  

Recent changes in the legislation preclude anyone from challenging the test – everyone taking the test must have completed the classroom portion of the course.

The Restricted PAL must also be renewed every five years.

Anyone taking the CRFSC within seven days of the CFSC only requires a four hour session.  Those who have not take the course within seven days of the non-restricted are required to go through a six hour course. 

If you don't register in person and pick up the book / books, they will need to be picked up or mailed.  There is an expectation that the book / books will be reviewed before the course.  

Classes are limited to 12 students.

Qualified Instructor

Silver Willow Course Instructor Luther Cutts has a strong background in firearms instruction and decades of teaching experience.  He is always careful to make sure that students grasp every aspect of the training before moving to the next section.  

Course agenda for the day

Students are expected to arrive at Silver Willow before 9:00 am and be prepared for a full day of instruction.  

Class time will include discussions around course manual topics as well as handling of deactivated firearms and samples of deactivated ammunition.  The course will comprehensively cover everything from the development of firearms, the safe use of firearms, and current, relevant legislation. The training is designed for individuals with little or no firearms experience or knowledge.

The class concludes with a written exam administered by the instructor; a minimum score of 80% is needed to pass.  Those who successfully pass the written exam will then be required to pass a practical exam.  Upon successful completion of both tests, the student will be given the document necessary for the PAL application process.

Registration and Cost

Cost for the training is as follows:

  • Non Restricted - $195 + GST  includes course handbook
  • Non Restricted Junior (under 18 years) - $152.38 + GST includes course handbook
  • Restricted - $150 + GST  includes course handbook
  • OR $295 for both courses if booked at the same time.

Click here to register and pay on PAY PAL.

Course Dates

Classes are scheduled one weekend per month; all registrations must be confirmed and paid by Wednesday preceding the course.  

Non-Restricted Course  

  • November 18 and 19, December 16 and 17
  • Course time 8:00 am till 4:00 pm (minimum), 
  • Individual testing 4:00 - 7:00pm ( approximately) 
  • $195.00 + GST, includes: lunch, coffee, tea and water.  

Restricted Course 

  • November 18 and 19, December 16 and 17
  • Course time 8:00 am till 12:00 pm (minimum), 
  • Individual testing 12:00 - 2:30pm (approximately)
  • $150.00 + GST, includes: coffee, tea and water. Bring a bag lunch along

OR register for both courses at  $295.00 + GST 

Register in person at Silver Willow and receive your handbook immediately or register and pay on line and make special arrangements to pick up your handbook. 

It is strongly recommended that students read through the handbook and be familiar with its content before attending the course.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the minimum age requirement to register for a firearms course?

The minimum age of registrants is 18 years. Students under that age of 18 may take the course with the written approval of a parent or guardian. Approval forms must be signed on site, on the day of the course.

2. What happens if I fail the exam?

A test “re-write” will be available at the next class for $75 per test.  

3. What is the cancellation policy?

72 hour notice is required to cancel or reschedule. Sorry, no refunds.


For more information please email or call 403.337.2490