Courses required to obtain a hunter's certificate

The courses required to obtain a hunter's certificate are given by the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs (FédéCP) and can be taken at any time of the year.

This course based on the framework education program dealing with safety and wildlife conservation (PESCOF) aims to raise awareness of sport hunting rules, behaviours to adopt with wildlife and safety guidelines. Depending on the weapon you want to use, you may be required to complete one or more courses.

Hunter’s certificate for firearms (Code F)

To obtain a hunter’s certificate for firearms, you must complete these two courses.

  1. Introduction to Hunting with a Firearm (IHF) – Online only
    • Eligibility requirements: Be 12 years of age or older (when the course is taken) and a Québec resident.
    • Duration: Online course of 12 lessons lasting 5 hours. Can be completed in one or more sessions, depending on your pace and availability.
    • General content: At the end of each lesson, you must answer five questions to assess your understanding of the content.
    • Passing grade: 80% for each lesson.
       
  2. Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC) – In a room with instructors

Completing the CFSC course also allows you to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL). For more information, refer to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

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Hunter’s certificate for crossbows and bows (Code A)

To obtain a hunter’s certificate for crossbows and bows, you must complete this course.

  1. Introduction to Hunting with Bows and Crossbows (IHBC) – Available online only
    • Eligibility requirements: Be 12 years of age or older (when the course is taken) and a Québec resident.
    • Duration: Online course of 12 lessons lasting 5 hours. Can be completed in one or more sessions, depending on your pace and availability.
    • General content: At the end of each lesson, you must answer five questions to assess your understanding of the content.
    • Passing grade: 80% for each lesson.
General notice

Abolition of the Practical Bow Test

On July 7, 2020, the Practical Bow Test was abolished as a requirement to obtain a hunter’s certificate to hunt with a bow or crossbow (code A).

Last update: May 26, 2022

Notice

The information published on this website has been simplified and provides a summary of the main regulatory provisions. It does not replace in any way the official texts of laws and regulations. For more detailed information on a specific rule, refer to theRegulation respecting hunting in Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window., the Regulation respecting hunting activities This hyperlink will open in a new window. or the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife This hyperlink will open in a new window., which are all available on LégisQuébec.

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