BC' Central Interior
Canadian Firearms Safety Training Courses
PAL / R-PAL
Canadian Firearms Law requires that in order to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition a person must have a Possession and Acquisition Firearms Licence (PAL) and must be a minimum age of 18 years old.
To obtain a licence for non-restricted firearms (rifles and shotguns) applicants must pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (PAL). Persons who wish to possess restricted firearms (handguns and rifles) must complete the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (R-PAL). Owning a firearm in Canada is a "privilege" and "not a right".
Non Restricted or Restricted Firearms Training
The PAL / R-PAL courses offered take place over a weekend monthly, but other arrangements can be made for interested groups. This course has absolutely nothing to do with hunting in Canada (CORE provincial training).
I am willing to travel to any community outside of Prince George, BC to deliver a course. Please contact for details.
Course Registration Fees
- $175.00 Non-Restricted Firearms Course - 8 hours plus written/practical exams
- $100.00 Restricted Firearms, add-on to the Non-Restricted Firearms Course - 6 hours plus written/practical exams
- Minimum passing grade is 80%
- Cancellation fees: to receive a 100% refund, you must inform instructor within 48 hours prior to course date.
- You can register and pay using PayPal link on the "Register for Courses" tab or to pay in person call 250-613-5972.
NEXT PAL Course: August 26th and 27th
There is one textbook for both courses. It includes:
- "Canadian Firearms Safety Course" textbook, for the non-restricted portion of the course, and
- "Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course" textbook, for the restricted portion of the course.
You can purchase the textbook at the College of New Caledonia's bookstore, Books and Co. and Save-on-Foods.
Q: What age must a person be to acquire a PAL or R-PAL?
A: Minimum 18 years old.
Q: How long will my PAL / R-PAL last?
A: PAL's are usually set to expire on your closest birthday five years from issued date. You should receive a renewal notice from the Canada Firearms Centre about three months prior to the expiry date.
Q: What is the fee to apply for a PAL / R-PAL?
A: When you have passed the firearms exams you may apply to the Canadian Firearms Program for your PAL / R-PAL. The application fee for PAL is $60.00; the application fee for R-PAL is $80.00. If you apply for the R-PAL at the same time that you apply for the PAL, the combined application fee is $80.00.
Q: How long does it take for the Canada Firearms Centre and the Chief Firearms Officer to process a PAL / RPAL?
A: After a criminal background check, a minimum of 28 days or more depending if there are any issues.
Any questions on criminal record background issues call Firearms Officer, Ron Hardy, 250-561-6944