Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

– learn to be safe –

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.

To get your Non-Restricted PAL or to register for both courses on the same weekend, choose the Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Already have your Non-Restricted PAL? Get your Restricted PAL by selecting the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

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

Students are expected to arrive at Silver Willow before 8:00 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.

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?

For the CFSC, the minimum age to be able to take the course is 12 years of age.

All successful students between the ages of 12 and 18 are able to apply for a Possession License for a Minor.  This license allows minors to legally use non-restricted firearms, however, they are not allowed to acquire or own firearms.  Once the individual has had their 18th birthday, they can apply to have their license changed from a Possession License for a Minor to a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).  All applicants over the age of 18 can apply for a PAL after having successfully completed the course.

For the CRFSC, the minimum age to take the course is 18 years of age.  There are no provisions for an individual under the age of 18 to be licensed for restricted or prohibited firearms.

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 info@silverwillow.ca or call 403.337.2490

Rural Address: 30133 RR 20, Mountain View County
Mailing Address: Box 974, Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0

Summer Hours Apr 1 – Oct 31

Wednesday – Thursday
9:00 am – 8:00 pm (ceasefire at 7:55pm)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (ceasefire at 4:55pm)

Winter Hours Nov 1 – Mar 31

Thursday – Sunday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

During the Month of January, the club is open ONLY on Saturday and Sundays on a reservation basis.