Congratulations on successfully completing
Ontario’s Hunter Education Course and Examination.

What Do I Do Next?

Receiving your Certificate of Completion

  • If you provided a valid email address when signing up for your Ontario hunter education course, you will receive your Certificate of Completion via email. Please allow at least 48 hours from the time your course is completed to receive your email/certificate.


  • If you did not provide an email address when registering for your course, you will need to follow up with your instructor to obtain a copy of your Certificate of Completion.

Lost your certificate?

To purchase your first hunting licence in Ontario

  • Your hunter accreditation must be on file with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service. You can do this in person by taking your printed Certificate of Completion to a participating ServiceOntario location that offers Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) services nearest you.


  • A list of participating ServiceOntario locations can be found online at
  • Once the hunting accreditation has been added to your account you can purchase hunting licences and enter big game draws:

            a. Online at;
            b. Through a licence issuer; or
            c. At a participating ServiceOntario location.

  • The Firearms Act (Canada) sets out the requirements for firearm possession. To hunt with a gun in Ontario, you are required to carry proof of your firearms accreditation under the Firearms Act (Canada). This includes apprentice hunters (12–14-year-old residents) who cannot yet obtain a firearms license. In this case, they must carry proof of completing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
  • All hunters including apprentices must adhere to the conditions outlined in Ontario’s Hunting Regulations Summary which you should have received from your instructor. A copy of the summary can also be found online at or from license issuers and participating ServiceOntario locations. For more information about your Outdoors Card or hunting/fishing license, contact Natural Resources Information and Support Centre (NRISC) at 1-800-387-7011 or

What Do I Do Next?

  1. Your student report forms will be sent to the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) for validation. The forms will be stamped with an approved Chief Firearms Office (CFO) stamp, and two copies will be returned to you for your records. If you have also taken the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, you will receive separate course report forms (two copies) for this course/test. It takes approximately one month from the date of your course(s) and/or test(s) to receive your stamped copies back from the FSESO.
  2. Once you’ve received your two copies of the course report forms, you can:
    1. IF YOU ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, download a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) Application form from the RCMP, Canada Firearms Program website at


      All the instructions are included with this application, i.e. photo identification requirements, fees to be remitted, where to send the application etc. Complete the application in its entirety. Be sure to check all boxes, including the not-applicable boxes. Anything overlooked or not checked may hold your application up for an extended period of time.

      Section G of the PAL application refers to Safety Training. It asks if you have passed the Canadian Firearm Safety Course test. Complete this section accordingly, and include ONE copy of your course report form pertaining to the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and check off the Proof Attached box. Retain copy TWO of your course report form for your records.

      Subsequently, if you have also successfully completed the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course test, complete this section as well, and include ONE copy of your course report form pertaining to the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, and check off the Proof Attached box. Retain copy TWO of your course report form for your records.

      Once the application is complete, mail your application and all attachments to the Miramichi N.B. address indicated on the application, for processing.

      PLEASE NOTE, THAT THE FIREARMS ACT OF CANADA MANDATES A MANDATORY 28 DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR ALL NEW APPLICANTS. It would therefore be realistic to speculate that from the time you successfully complete your CFSC and/or CRFSC courses and tests, it will take approximately 2-3
      months before you actually have your PAL in hand.

    2. IF YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 18, and you wish to apply for a Minor’s Licence, please call 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7548 to obtain a Minor’s Licence application.

      Questions regarding Minor’s Licencing may be directed to 1-800-731-4000 ext. 7548


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