To qualify for a hunting licence in Manitoba, any person who obtained their first hunting licence after 1969 must be a graduate of the provincial Manitoba Hunter Education Course or a similar hunter education course from another province or state.
There are two ways to receive a Hunter Education Certificate:
Take the in-class Manitoba Hunter Education Course. The Hunter Education Course is a comprehensive 8-hour course
Take the online Hunter Education Course
This course is open to anyone 10 years +. It is an 8 hour course and covers topics including:
Safe and Ethical Hunting practices, Hunting Laws, Wildlife Management, Huter Responsiblities, Basic Survival and First Aid and Firearm Safety.
In order to complete this course, students will need to pass the written test with a minimum of 96%
This is a good option for students that dont have time to attend an in class course. Students must be at least 12 years +.
The online course covers all the topics of the inclass course but is done at the students pace.
The online course is now completed 100% online.
The online HE course can be found here,
When you successfully complete your in class HE course you will be provided with a temporary certificate that can be used for hunting right away, you will receive your permanent card in the mail in a few weeks.
When you successfully complete the online HE course you will be able to print a certificate. If you would like a permanent card mailed to you you will have to request one from the MWF.
In order to purchase, possess or use firearms/ammo, you will need to hold a valid PAL (Possession and Acquisition License)
A person without a PAL may still hunt and use firearms as long as they are under the direct and immediate supervision (within arms reach) of an adult with a valid PAL.
Check with your provincial regulations for further restrictions
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation can reissue HE certificates for a fee. Contact them at www.mwf.mb.ca or 1-877-633-4868.
There is no difference. PAL, Possession and Acquisition License, is the name of the firearm license in Canada.
The first step to obtaining your PAL, is to take the Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC) and complete the tests. once this has been successfully completed, you will have to submit an application to the RCMP Canadian Firearm Program.
The CFSC is regulated by the federal government and the RCMP/CFP. It covers all aspects of firearm safety, ammunition as well as storage and transport laws. There is a written multiple choice test and a practical firearm handing test. Students must achieve a minimum of 80% on both exams in order to pass.
The course is 8 hours long, plus testing time. (total of 9.5-11 hours, depending on class size)
These are two separate courses and can be taken in any order.
It is recomened however, that if you are planning on taking both the HE and CFSC that the HE course be done first. The HE course will give students a good introduction to firearm safety and teh CFSC will build on that and gets into more advanced firearm use and safety.
Students need to be at least 12 at the time of the course. Students aged 12-17 will need to have parent consent and upon completion will be eligible for a Jr PAL/POL. They will need to apply for a full PAL when they turn 18. They will not be required to retake the course as long as they have proof they have completed it.
There are few exceptions for being able to get a PAL without first completing the CFSC.
If you have been certified by the CFO as meeting the safety training requirements or if you have successfully completed a course approved by the attorney general of Manitoba or Quebec prior to 1995. This would include the old Manitoba Hunter and Firearm Safety Course, prior to 1995.
If you hunt to sustain yourself under treaty or first nations hunting rights, you may not have to take the CFSC to get a PAL.
For more information please contact the CFO 1-800-731-4000
This will depend on how long it has been expired and if you have proof that you have held a Firearm License in the past, or if you have proof that you have already completed the CFSC.
If you have proof, you should be able to just reapply and attach the proof to your application.
For more information please contact the CFO, 1-800-731-4000
In order to purchase or own handguns, and other restricted firearms, in canada, you will need to have an RPAL. In order to be eligible for an RPAL, you will need to complete the Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course (CRFSC) after completing the CFSC, and submit an application to the RCMP/CFP.
If you already have a PAL, you do not need to retake the CFSC.
The Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course (CRFSC) is similar to the CFSC but focuses on handguns/restricted firearms.
Students need to be at least 18 years old and have already completed the CFSC or have a PAL.
The course is 6 hours long plus testing time.
Your RPAL will include transportation conditions that allow you to transport your restricted firearmes to gun ranges inside your province of residence without needing to contact the RCMP or CFO.
If you are transporting it outside of your province of residence or to a location that is not included on your transportation conditions, you will need to contact the CFO to obtain an Authorization To Transport (ATT) 1-800-731-4000
*Subject to current legislation
I restricted firearm can only be used at an approved gun range and can not be used for hunting purposes.
Handgun target shooting is an incredibly fun hobby. There are also many fun and/or competitive/non-competitive handgun clubs and leagues throughout Manitoba and Canada. Including, the Manitoba Defensive Pistol League (MDPL) and International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
For more information on these orginazations please check out the LINKS page.
Registering for one of our classes can now be don directly on www.joesfirearmsafety.ca
We do sometimes have classes though rec and community center's where they will do there own registration. Those classes will be listed under upcoming events, please see class description for the link to register.
Our classes have minimum and maximum class sizes. Typically we do not accept walk ins unless the max class size has not been reached.
To avoid disappointment please sign up ahead of time.
We can plan a class that works with your groups schedule.
Typically to run a private group class you will need a minimum of 5 participants and a deposit will be required to hold your date.
Coming to class prepared is important. Try to arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled in and fill out the required paperwork. Please bring with government issued photo ID, a pen, writing paper if you like to take notes and lunch/snacks/water bottle.
Joe's Firearm Safety has prepared several prep videos that can be found at
Some students find it benificial to reveiw the student handbook prior to class,