Black Badge Course

In order for a Canadian citizen to compete in IPSC matches in Canada, successful completion of our Black Badge Safety Training course is necessary. The course consists of a few hours of classroom time and approximately two days of live firing on the range.

Please make certain that you have all of the equipment required to take this Black badge course.
You will need a handgun of a caliber 9mm or larger. A suitable holster, at least four magazines or
speed loaders and a proper gun belt to carry it all. If you are fairly new to handgun shooting we
would also prefer that you have had the equipment long enough to have shot at least one thousand
rounds of ammunition through the gun you’ll be using for the course, as well as using the magazines,
holster and magazine pouches to make certain everything functions as it should.
If you are unsure of what is suitable IPSC equipment, please contact your instructor BEFORE you buy
anything. They will be able to point you in the right direction so you don’t show up
at the course with the wrong equipment.

Please do not borrow equipment to take the course. If you do not have all
the required equipment, please wait until you do before signing up for a Black Badge course.

All prospective candidates must fill out the
Black Badge Program Candidate Information Page.

If you have any questions about divisions or the firearms you want to use,
you can check these locations for more information:

If you have any questions about the BB training program and costs or policies and procedures you can check the following links:

A Membership Application will be provided for you at your course and the appropriate fee charged.
There are also course material fees and instructor/range rental fees.

The Black Badge notification list has been removed, please contact the club reps listed
on the Clubs page or the Black Badge Coordinator to find an instructor close to your club.

You can also contact Black Badge Coordinator
with your information.


  • One year lapsed
    Simple renewal, unless provisional card holder, then a safety check *
  • Two years lapsed
    Renewal after safety check/recert exercises with Master BB Instructor or BB Instructor if instructor unavailable *
    If provisional card holder, redo of BB course and new Blue Card issued, no charge except for instructor fee.
  • Three or more years lapsed
    Renewal, recert exercises and open book exam (as the rulebook can be changed every three years)
    to acquaint the returning member with the rule changes *

* In the event skills need improvement, redo of BB course, no charge except for instructor fee..

There are many unique circumstance that can occur with past members who have been away from the
Section or Region for extended periods of time. Please email the
Black Badge Coordinator
if you have any questions, we will try our best to help.

Below is the list of upcoming Black Badge courses.