Government of New Brunswick

Overview

In New Brunswick, all first-time hunters as well as persons born on, or after, January 1, 1981, are required to complete Firearm Safety/Hunter Education training before they may hunt in the province.

Eligibility

Must be at least 12 years of age as of the course start date.

Description

There are two parts to the course:
1) Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Part A), and
2) Hunter Education Course (Part B).

Part A is a requirement to obtain a federal Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) in Canada. Both Parts A and B are required by first-time hunters or persons born on, or after, Jan. 1, 1981 to purchase a New Brunswick hunting licence.

The courses may be obtained through:
1) Traditional classroom instruction
• Parts A and B.
• Participants must be 12 years of age and older.
• Course length is a minimum of 16 hours excluding testing.

2) Home Study option
• Part B only.
• Participants must be 18 years of age and older.
• Course materials are available in digital or paper format.
• Study at home then do a written test at a Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development District Office or other approved location.

3) Online option
• Part B only.
• Participants must be 12 years of age and older.
• Course content features videos, animated instruction and end-of-chapter quizzes.
• Students are tested online.


Note: As a result of recent amendments to the Federal Firearms Act and Criminal Code of Canada the challenge and home study options for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course are no longer offered. For further information visit the RCMP web site at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/index-eng.htm

For course schedules and registration information refer to the Upcoming Conservation Education Courses in the Related Links section or contact your nearest District Office.

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Firearm Safety/Hunter Education  
  Course Fee (12 - 16 years)40.002017-04-19
  Course Fee (17 years and older)95.002003-08-23
Firearm Safety (Part A) 2003-08-23
  Course Fee (12 - 16 years)40.002017-04-19
  Course Fee (17 years and older) 65.002003-08-23
Hunter Education (Part B)- Classroom2003-08-23
  Course Fee (12 - 16 years)40.002017-04-19
  Course Fee (17 years and older)65.002003-08-23
Hunter Education (Part B) - Home study 2003-08-23
  Course fee (18 years and older)40.002003-08-23
Hunter Education (Part B) – Online course2003-08-23
  Course fee (12 years and older65.002022-01-31
Manuals2022-01-31
  Canadian Firearms Safety Education Student Manual10.002003-08-23
  Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Student Manual10.002003-08-23
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