PAL stands for a Possession and Acquisition Licence. This is the licence needed for individuals to legally handle firearms, and every employee you have who is required to handle, carry, or manufacture firearms is required by law to have one. If you’re applying for a business firearms licence for your company, your employees need to have their PAL and you need to have an approved verifier on your staff to manage your firearms inventory at all times. The approved verifier can be a current employee as long as you arrange to have that employee trained and approved.
For your employees to receive a PAL, they need to take a Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC), which is an eight-hour course taught by instructors who’re approved by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). After the course, your employees have to pass a written and practical test before completing their PAL application. If an employee fails any portion of the test, they have to wait a week to retake it.
The PAL application takes about 45 days to process. During this time, your employees cannot carry or handle firearms at all. So it’s a good idea to have a process in place that gives them work to complete while they’re waiting for their certificate. For example, during the waiting period, these employees might process paperwork, handle administrative tasks, or complete extensive training courses that don’t require the use of firearms.
Once your employees have their PAL, it’s good for five years. This means you need to keep track of the dates when your employees receive their certification. When it’s close to the five-year mark, you can have employees begin the process again without any interruption to their normal work duties.