the Canadian Firearms Safety Course mandatory?
No. not unless you fall into one of the following three groups:
else can simply challenge the exam(s) without taking the course or courses.
In fact, we have processed hundreds if not thousands of such candidates,
both in our classroom facility and at the fall Hunting Show for the past
several years. The pass rate is reasonably good, provided the candidate
has a reasonable grasp of firearms safety, some recent experience and is
familiar with the laws.
You are a minor (Under 18)
You are coming off a legal prohibition order
You want to become an FAC Instructor
You will be asked to show safe handling of several firearms and walk through
several scenarios, as well as responding to some multiple choice questions.
Here's a link
to some sample exams to help you decide whether to take the course(s)
or simply challenge the exam(s). To help you prepare, you should go through
the full exams on this site before challenging the test(s).