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Canadian Firearm Safety Course

Dominion Outdoors is pleased to host a classroom in our store for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Non-Restricted and Restricted) through CFO designated instructors. This course is required in Canada to apply for your PAL (firearm license). The course fee is $125 and is limited to 12 students per course. Our experienced firearms safety instructors help to make the course easy to understand and fun.

Once your course is completed come see us to get your photo taken and printed for your license application. We are also happy to help you with your license application and renewal process.

You can easily sign up for our next available course online here. We post courses weekly on Tuesday mornings, and do courses almost every weekend of the month. If you have any questions after reading through the information below, you can email us, or phone us at 204-325-4110 with any other questions.


 

Covid-19: Due to public health orders, our courses will be temporarily held at the Quality Inn at 851 Main Street Winkler. Please use the south-west entrance near the beer vendor and go down the stairs. Masks are required in all common areas and when handling firearms during the course, however are not required during seated instruction. Social distancing procedures must be followed. All students attending our courses must not have travelled recently out of the Country, have cold or flu symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with covid. Each student will have to fill out the Government of Canada Self-Assessment Form the morning of the course, you can view it below.

YOU MUST READ THE FOLLOWING FAQ AND COURSE PROCEDURES BEFORE ATTENDING THE COURSE. FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCEDURES COULD RESULT IN EXCLUSION OF THE COURSE WITHOUT REFUND

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the course?
A: We hold our courses on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8am, please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Non-Restricted courses are 8 hours and Restricted courses are 6 hours in length as required by the RCMP. Total course time does not include testing time, expect an additional 1-2 hours for testing time. You can see our upcoming course dates and sign up online here.

Q: Do I need to study before the course?
A: There is no need to study beforehand as the course is very thorough. However if you do want to study and look through the student handbook ahead of time feel free to view it online here.

Q: At what age can I take the Non-Restricted course?
A: Ages 12 and up can take the Non-Restricted course. Minors receive a "Minor's Possession License" which allows them to do everything a PAL holder can do except for purchase firearms. Ages 18 and up can take the restricted course, but must take the non-restricted course first.

Q: What is required to take the Restricted course?
A: You must be 18 or older and have successfully completed the Non-Restricted course to sign up for the Restricted course. These are two separate courses, done on separate days, and cannot be combined. The Restricted course cannot be taken the same weekend as the Non-Restricted course.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A:  Valid government issued photo ID, passport, or a birth certificate is required for identification. Bring your receipt with you as it is your ticket into the course. A pen is required for the written test. Taking notes can be beneficial, so paper or a notepad is a good idea as well. Don't forget your glasses or any other personal items you may need throughout the day.

Q: Do we stop for lunch?
A: We teach through the lunch period to keep the course time shorter so please plan accordingly. You can purchase lunch at the hotel, or bring your own lunch. Please bring your own coffee, water, and snacks for the day.

Q: What if I don't understand English?
A: The Canadian Firearm Safety Course is taught in English and all students must understand, and be able to read and write in English. No translators are allowed.

Q: Do I need a Hunter Safety to take the course?
A: No, the Hunter Safety is not related to the Canadian Firearm Safety Course in any way. If you're interested in the Hunter Safety course, more information can be found here.

Q: What if I'm sick or cannot make it to the course?
A: If you are sick we ask that you notify us and stay home for the safety of yourself and our other students. Since the course has limited space and fills very quickly we are not able to offer refunds if you cannot attend unless we are able to fill your spot before the course. A $25 reschedule fee will be charged for any changes. All cancellations or changes must be made at least 14 days prior to the course date.

Q: What is the PAL application process like?
A: To apply for your Possession Acquisition License (PAL) you need to successfully pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. Upon completion of the course you will receive a course report proving you passed the course along with the necessary paperwork to apply for your license which you will send in to the RCMP CFP along with a processing fee. You will also need a photo to send with your application which we can take and print for you right in the store. We are also happy to help with your application process and can answer any questions you may have.


Dominion Outdoors Canadian Firearms Safety Course Procedures:

Course fee is non-refundable. Carefully and completely read the following before purchasing and attending the course. Failure to understand the following procedures could result in exclusion of the course without refund.

  • Location is at the Quality Inn in Winkler, at 851 Main Street. Please use the south-west entrance near the beer vendor and go down the stairs.
  • Course starts at 8am, please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Anyone arriving after 8am will be excluded from the course.
  • Course fee is non-refundable. Space is limited. Cancellations or changes must be made a minimum of 14 days before the course.
  • Non-restricted courses are 8 hours, and Restricted courses are 6 hours in length. Expect an additional 1-2 hours for testing time.
  • Ages 12 and up can take the Non-Restricted course.
  • Ages 18 and up can take the Restricted course and must have successfully completed the Non-Restricted course or have a valid Non-Restricted PAL. The Restricted course cannot be taken the same weekend as the Non-Restricted course.
  • According to section 10 of the Manitoba Health Orders, we are permitted to hold these courses. We will go above and beyond all health requirements outlined by the Province of Manitoba
  • Masks are required at all times, except during seated instruction.
  • Each student is required to fill out the COVID-19 assessment form prior to entry. If you answer "Yes" to any questions, do not show up, you will not be admitted.
  • Be sure to bring valid ID and a pen. Bring paper if you would like to take notes.
  • If you wear glasses be sure to bring them and any other personal items you may need.
  • We teach through the lunch period, so plan accordingly. Lunch is available to purchase on the day of the course from the hotel, or bring your own. Please bring your own coffee, water, and snacks for the day. We will not be leaving the course for lunch or breaks.
  • The CFSC is taught in english and all students must understand, and be able to read and write in english. No translators are allowed.
  • Keep and bring your receipt to the course, it is your ticket in.
  • By purchasing a course spot you are confirming that you understand the procedures and requirements for the Canadian Firearm Safety Course.