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A. Its purpose is to provide adult New Brunswickers unable to participate in the classroom program an opportunity to obtain Firearms Safety/Hunter Education training. Participants review and complete course materials in the comfort of their own home and then register for and write the Canadian Firearms Safety (Part A) and/or the Hunter Education (Part B) Exams.

A. The home study course is provided as a service to adult New Brunswickers 18 years of age or older who are unable to participate in the classroom version of the Canadian Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Program.

There are no restrictions on participation by non-residents provided they meet the minimum age requirement. Non-residents, however, must be tested in New Brunswick to obtain a New Brunswick Conservation Card. Further information can be found at the Non-residents section of this site.

A. Course costs are:

Canadian Firearms Home Study Safety Course (Part A)
  • $40.00 course fee.
  • $10.00 plus GST for the student manual.

  • Hunter Education Home Study Course (Part B)
  • $40.00 course fee.
  • $10.00 plus GST for the student manual.

  • Canadian Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Home Study Course
    (Parts A and B)

  • $65.00 course fee.
  • $20.00 plus GST for the student manuals.

  • A. Computer requirements include:
  • Internet access
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
  • A printer, or printer access
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (provided free online)*

  • A. Hunter Education training in New Brunswick actually consists of two courses. Part A, the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, is a national program developed by the federal and provincial governments, as well as hunter education organizations and instructors across Canada. It stresses the safe and responsible use of firearms and is a requirement under the Criminal Code of Canada to possess or acquire firearms.

    Part B, Hunter Education, is a provincial program developed in partnership between the four Atlantic Provinces. It covers hunting topics and focuses on the role that hunters play with respect to wildlife management and conservation.

    Together the two courses form the Firearm Safety/ Hunter Education program which is required by all gun hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1981 and all first time gun hunters before they can purchase a New Brunswick hunting licence.

    A. One part of the course may be done and not the other. For example, if you wanted only to obtain a firearms licence, it is possible to do the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Part A) without doing Hunter Education (Part B).

    A. No. The use of handguns and other restricted firearms is covered under a separate course - The Canadian Firearms Restricted Firearms Course. For further information, contact the provincial Department of Public Safety.

    A. The length of time it takes to review the course materials will vary considerably between individuals. As a general rule, however, you should expect it to take at least 20 hours to complete the reading and exercise assignments for the Canadian Firearms Safety (Part A) and Hunter Education (Part B) courses.

    A. You must complete all of the assignment questions from the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Hunter Education manuals and provide these to your examiner for evaluation at the time of testing before you will be permitted to write your exams.

    A. You will need to contact the Natural Resources office of your choice, by phone or in person, to register for your exams.

    A. There are two exams you must pass:

    (1) The Canadian Firearm Safety Course Exam: consists of a practical and written test. During the practical test, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to handle firearms in a safe manner. The written test consists of 50 multiple choice and true/ false questions that test your knowledge on a range of firearm topics.

    (2) The Hunter Education Exam: consists of 50 multiple choice and true/false questions covering such topics such as ecology, ethics, and wildlife identification.

    At the time of your exams you must be prepared to provide Natural Resources staff your completed home study assignments as well as proof of identification and age.

    Testing is done by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff using the same exams given to classroom participants. Depending on exam scheduling, you may be required to write the two exams on different dates. Pass mark is 80%.

    Each exam normally takes less than an hour to complete and is evaluated as soon as it is completed. Upon successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety (Part A) and the Hunter Education (Part B) Exams, participants receive a temporary Conservation Education Card allowing them to purchase their hunting license. Their permanent card will be sent by mail within a few weeks of the exam.

    A. Most other states and provinces recognize the Canadian Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Program as meeting thier hunter education training requirement. However, in a few provinces and states you may be required to complete their tests. We suggest that you contact the provinical or state government in question for further information.

    A. Questions about content or other aspects of the New Brunswick Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Home Study Course may be directed to staff of the Fish and Wildlife Branch, Department of Natural Resources. Refer to the "Contact Us" link provided at this web site.