What We Offer
For new and experienced shooters
Over years of training people CFA instructors found that numerous clients were requesting an option to explore shooting styles without having to make any substantial investment prior to making a decision. Our introduction to shooting courses help clients to make educated decisions when choosing which licenses are the best for their purposes, which discipline of shooting they enjoy the most and invaluable information and tips when purchasing the right firearms. The introduction courses are available to all levels of shooter and can be adjusted to meet client specifications.
The introduction to firearms course was designed to give new students or experienced shooters the opportunity to explore the full range of the sport of shooting and all the different disciplines that exist.
Shooting disciplines we teach:
• Shotgun Shooting
• Rifle Shooting
• Pistol Shooting
Included in each intro course is the firearm that corresponds with the training requested along with all ammunition, targets, range fees and the time of a qualified and certified instructor.
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In addition to our intro courses, CFA (Canadian Firearms Academy) offers Two Types Of Training:
• Private training for individual shooters (or small groups) who wish to improve their shooting skills
• Classroom training for students who are in need of practical knowledge and skills prior to taking of any of the Canadian Firearms Safety courses
Courses covered include:
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) or PAL:
For "non-restricted" firearms only, it allows the licensee to possess and acquire most sporting rifles & shotguns. A Canadian Firearms Safety course manual is included with this course for studying and reference.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC)
Canadian legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must successfully pass the CFSC and the tests and exams that accompany it. It is possible to challenge CFSC exam and test without taking a course but it is not recommended unless you have previous extensive experience. The PAL certification courses at CFA are available on weekends (Sat & Sun) from 9am to 5pm. We also have courses on weeknights, Mondays to Friday evenings 7pm to 10pm. Everything needed to pass the course will be taught with plenty of time to ask questions and review to ensure you are prepared. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test. The written exam is made up of 50 questions. 65% of the questions are true or false and the other 45% are multiple choice. The practical test consists of a series of actions that you will be asked to perform in order to demonstrate safe handling of firearms in different scenarios. There is a 1-hour time limit for written exam. You must get 80% or better on both components to successfully pass, to be able to apply for a non-restricted license.
Topics covered in the CFSC include:
• The evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions
• Basic firearms safety practices and ammunition types
• Firearm action types and their operations
• Safe handling and carry procedures
• Operating firearm actions
• Firing techniques and procedures
• Care of non-restricted firearms
• Responsibilities of the firearms owner/user
• Safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) or RPAL:
For "restricted" firearms as well as "non-restricted", it allows the licensee to possess and acquire the same firearms as a PAL but with the addition of handguns and rifles classified as restricted. This course is a requirement for Canada Border Services candidates, Security guard trainees as well general law enforcement and armored car security. Note that this license requires the applicant to complete both of the above-mentioned tests. 2 Canadian Firearms Safety course manuals are included for studying and reference; one for each course.
Restricted license (and non-restricted license)
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC)
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) Canadian legislation stipulates that individuals wishing to acquire restricted and/or prohibited firearms must successfully pass both the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) along with all the tests and exams that accompany them. It is possible to challenge both exams and tests without taking a course but it is not recommended unless you have previous experience. The RPAL certification course at CFA takes 2 days. The first day is spent focusing on the CFSC (non-restricted course) and the second day is spent on the CRFSC (restricted course) both ending each day with the corresponding exams and testing. Typically each day starts at 9am and ends at 5pm with breaks in between. Both days will be spent learning in a classroom, observing demonstrations and practicing skills before taking the final exams and practical tests. Everything needed to pass both exams and practical tests will be taught with plenty of time to ask questions and review to insure you are prepared. Testing consists of 2 written exams and 2 practical tests (a pair for each license). The written exams are made up of 50 questions each. 65% of the questions are true or false and the other 45% are multiple choice. The practical tests consist of a series of actions that you will be asked to perform in order to demonstrate what you have learned. There is a 1-hour time limit for written exams. You must get 80% or better on all 4 components to successfully pass to be able to apply for a restricted license.
Topics covered in the CRFSC include:
• The evolution of non-restricted and restricted firearms, major parts, types and actions
• Basic non-restricted and restricted firearms safety practices and ammunition types
• Non-restricted and restricted firearm action types and their operations • Safe handling and carry procedures
• Firing techniques and procedures
• Care of non-restricted and restricted firearms
• Responsibilities and legalities of the firearms owner/user
• Safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted and restricted firearms
British Columbia's program for hunter education. This course will prepare hunters for the exams required to obtain a provincial hunting license and teach skills from wildlife identification and conservation to hunter ethics and safety. All students will receive a CORE manual and a copy of hunting and trapping regulations to study from.
C.O.R.E. Program The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is British Columbia's hunter education program. All BC residents of 14 years of age or older that wish to hunt or obtain a BC hunting license are legally required to have passed all components of this course. 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. Individuals who have completed a hunter education program from another province or state in North America can be exempt from the requirement to complete the CORE Program. Contact the Government Agent at BC Access Centres for more details on program exemption. Although hunters make up the largest percentage of students enrolling in the CFA CORE program, it has been observed that many in the outdoor recreation community have found this course extremely useful due to its in-depth education of first aid, animal and bird identification and other useful wilderness survival knowledge.
The CORE program consists of 2 parts, 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
Each student will be supplied with their own copies of the CORE Manual and the annual Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis. These printed study and reference materials are necessary for success in the course and are included in the course cost. For more information about CORE please visit the BCWF's Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program website or contact us.
Our Private Services
The Canadian Firearms Academy offers various private lessons and clinics for Individuals or small groups interested in exploring the sport of shooting or tailored 1-on-1 instruction. Ongoing coaching services are also available for anyone wanting to shoot at a competitive level or work on specific skills.
Lessons and training are available to be booked for:
• Shotgun shooting (Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Hunting techniques)
• Rifle shooting (All common calibers available/No prohibited firearms)
• Handgun shooting (All common calibers available/No prohibited firearms)
• General knowledge, technique and personal improvement