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Firearms Verification

Approved registrations are subsidized by the Canadian Firearms Program

Content Provider:
RCMP Canadian Firearms Program


Length (in hours)
5 hours

Release Date
March 2022

Registration Process Register

This course is specifically designed for firearms verifiers. Individuals who are not seeking approved Firearms Verifier status may be interested in: Firearms Identification for Public Agents.

Firearms verification is a function mandated by the regulations supporting the Firearms Act. It is a requirement for firearm registration and is carried out by approved verifiers. Verifiers confirm that the information concerning the identification and classification of a firearm, in support of an application for a registration certificate, is complete and accurate. Under the Act, it is the responsibility of the Registrar of Firearms to designate an individual as an approved verifier, if the individual has the required knowledge to identify and classify firearms.

Firearms Verification is required training for all verifiers. This course will instruct you on how to identify firearms to the Canadian standard and facilitate the registration of prohibited and restricted firearms. After completing this course, you will be able to distinguish each of the characteristics of Make, Model, Manufacturer, Type, Action, Class, Calibre, and Barrel length and derive a Firearm Reference Table database match in support of verification duties and Canadian legislation. A verifier number will only be assigned on successful completion of this course.

Verifiers may be involved in a wide range of firearm-related activity or business — retail, wholesale, or firearm repair; import/export; archiving or preserving museum firearms; the entertainment industry; volunteering or supervising at a range or gun club; or acting as a volunteer verifier in support of the Firearms Act. Regardless of your role, the ability to identify firearms to the Canadian standard will simplify your work, increase your efficiency, and improve your ability to communicate about firearms.

This course is specifically designed for firearms verifiers and is mandatory training for individuals seeking approved verifier status. Authorization to enroll in this course is granted by the Registrar of Firearms, Canadian Firearms Program.

For more information or to register, please contact:

National Coordinator, Verifiers Network
RCMP – Canadian Firearms Program
Tel: 1-800-731-4000 x1052

Upon completion of this course, you will have learned how to:

  • Define firearms verification and explain the role of a verifier.
  • Define firearm and differentiate between muzzle loading and breech loading firearms.
  • Identify all firearm types.
  • Identify the major assemblies of firearms and their corresponding parts.
  • Identify the eleven different types of actions.
  • Identify firearm markings.
  • Identify metallic and self-contained cartridges.
  • Identify various muzzle loading firearms.
  • Understand the criteria used to identify and verify a firearm.
  • Identify antique firearms.
  • Define the classification of firearms.
  • Identify common military rifles.
  • Understand the Firearms Act and its supporting regulations with regard to the Storage, Display, Transportation, and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations.
  • Use the Firearms Reference Table in order to successfully identify firearms.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Services, Government and Other First Responders

Content Provider

Content was provided by RCMP Canadian Firearms Program.