CORE and CFSC Firearms Safety Courses

Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE)

The CORE program is useful for anyone interested in outdoor recreation, wildlife and firearms safety. The successful completion of the program is required for B.C. residents age 14 or over who wish to obtain a B.C. resident hunter number card, and a first B.C. resident hunting licence. The goal of the CORE Program is to ensure that prospective hunters meet acceptable standards of knowledge and skill for safe and ethical participation in hunting recreation.

From the ages of 10-17 CORE is optional. It will provide a Hunter number that one can use to obtain a hunting license or apply for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) draw. A person 18 years or older who wishes to hunt must first complete their CORE course to hunt in BC.

The CORE Program consists of a practical firearms handling test, and a written examination on all of the following subjects:

  • Conservation
  • Ethics
  • Law and Regulations
  • First Aid and Survival
  • Firearm Safety
  • Animal Identification
  • Bird Identification

Location

Classes are offered:
200-22718 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge BC

Course Fees:

CORE Course $150 + Tax
Includes 12 hours of instruction over 2 days, and examination fee

PAL/CORE Combo $300 + Tax

Course fees are non-refundable.
You may rebook (once re-booking fee is paid) up to one week prior to class. No rebooking is allowed less than one week prior to the class date.

Manual

CORE Manual $23.99 + tax
Please purchase the manual and review it prior to coming to the course.

Manuals can be purchased at:
Wanstalls 22338 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge BC 604-467-9232
BCWF 9706 188 Street, Surrey

Challenge the CORE Exam

$40+GST CORE challenge written exam
You must have valid report forms acquired from a Canadian Firearms Non-restricted Safety Course.
$50+GST CORE challenge written and practical exam
Offered on the last Wednesday of every month at 1800 hrs.

Successful completion of the practical and written exams will allow you to obtain a graduation certificate required to obtain a personal hunter number card.


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PAL Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC)

The CFSC was developed to satisfy legislation that states any individual wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms such as rifles and shotguns must take the CFSC and pass the tests (OR challenge and pass the CFSC tests without taking the course) and obtain a firearms license or PAL (Possession and Acquisition License).

Topics covered in the CFSC include:

  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
  • basic firearms safety practices
  • ammunition
  • operating firearm actions
  • safe handling and carry procedures
  • firing techniques and procedures
  • care of non-restricted firearms
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user and
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms.

PAL is available to Canadian residents 18 years of age and older.

Restricted Firearms

The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) focuses on restricted firearms, specifically handguns, to meet Canadian Firearms Act legislation which stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire restricted and /or prohibited firearms must take the CFSC and the CRFSC and pass the tests OR challenge and pass the CFSC and the CRFSC test without taking either course.

Topics covered in the CRFSC include:

  • the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
  • basic firearms safety practices
  • ammunition
  • operating handgun actions
  • firing techniques and procedures for handguns
  • care of restricted firearms
  • responsibilities of the firearms owner/user and
  • safe storage, display, transportation and handling of restricted firearms.

Location

Classes are offered:
200-22718 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge BC

Course Fees:

Combined Canadian Firearms Safety Course AND
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course*
PAL Course $200 + Tax
Includes 12 hours of instruction over 2 days and examination fee.

PAL Restricted Only $100 + Tax
PAL Non-restricted/CORE Combo** $300 + Tax
PAL Non-restricted Only $125 + Tax (offered on the Sat. of the PAL/CORE Combo.)

Course fees are non-refundable.
You may rebook (once re-booking fee is paid) up to one week prior to class. No rebooking is allowed less than one week prior to the class date.

Manual

PAL Manual $29.99 + tax
Please purchase the manual and review it prior to coming to the course.
**Two manuals are required for the PAL Non-restricted/CORE Combo, one for the non restricted portion of the course and one for the CORE portion.

Manuals can be purchased at:
Wanstalls 22338 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge BC 604-467-9232
BCWF 9706 188 Street, Surrey
or you can download and print a copy of the PAL Manual PDF

Challenge the PAL Course

Please note: as of June 18, 2015 the Firearms Act states that first time applicants can no longer challenge the CFSC or CRFSC without first taking the full classroom course.

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