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Canadian Firearms Safety Course/Test Certificate & Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course/Test Certificate

Who Needs This Certificate?
Anyone who wants to get a Canadian (Firearm) Possession and Acquisition Licence, or a Minor's Licence; or

Anyone who wants to prove knowledge of firearms and firearms safety laws. (For example, to qualify to take the Nova Scotia Hunter Education Course.)

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Justice, Provincial Firearms Office
Where can you get this Certificate and / or further information?
Address: Safety Services Nova Scotia
127 Chain Lake Drive, Unit 9, Halifax NS B3S 1B3
  Phone 902-454-9621
  Fax 902-454-6027
  Toll Free 1-866-511-2211
Contact: Nova Scotia Provincial Firearms Office
Public Safety and Security Division
N.S. Department of Justice
Phone: 902-424-6689 / 1-800-731-4000 extension 6505
Write: PO Box 7
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L6
Fax: 902-424-4308
Application Forms & Process:
It is recommended that applicants be at least 12 years old.

The applicant contacts Safety Services NS and their name is placed on a list for courses and tests (or tests alone). They will be notified in advance of the next courses/tests being available. (See Where can you get ..., above, for contact information.)

Waiting Period:
Courses are scheduled based on public demand.  The usual waiting period is between 2 weeks to 2 months.
Expiry :
This certificate does not expire.

Prices:  (plus hst)

Each course: $80 (non-refundable)

*Handbook is available online or at cost from the course provider.

Related Requirements:
An applicant is not eligible for this Course / Certificate if they are prohibited from possession of firearms.
Additional Information:
This Certificate is not needed for an (Adult) Possession Only Licence. It is, however, needed for the Minor's Possession Only Licence.  

These courses and tests are a pre-requisite for the Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course (Part B). [For more information, see N.S. Department of Natural Resources - Firearm Certification for Hunters.]

For information on the Canadian Firearms Act and its Regulations, visit the Canadian Firearms Program.

In Canada, firearms are classified as (a) "non-restricted" [such as rifles and shotguns]; (b) "restricted" [primarily handguns]; or (c) "prohibited" [automatic and converted automatic firearms, some handguns, etc.] To determine which class your firearms falls into, please call this toll-free number: 1-800-731-4000.

Legislative Authority:

Criminal Code of Canada

The federal Firearms Act & Regulations.

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