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Heraldry Proficiency Program - Introduction

There are three levels to the Heraldry Proficiency Course offered by the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada or RHSC. The courses are designed to be completed through self-directed learning, with mentoring provided on-line. The Level 1 and 2 examinations are based on the material outlined in the Syllabus for each of those levels.

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LEVEL 1 Introductory Heraldry

The Introductory Level is for those individuals who wish to learn more about the art and science of heraldry. References for this level can be reached by clicking references.

Conventional representations of tinctures used when it is not possible to print the actual colours. source: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Those complete this course will learn the history and origins of heraldry as well as the principles, rules and terms used in designing and describing an achievement of arms. The course also provides an introduction into Canadian heraldry and the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

The present design of the Arms of Canada was drawn by Mrs. Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, Fraser Herald of Arms at the Canadian Heraldic Authority's office of the Governor General of Canada. It faithfully depicts the arms described in the Royal Proclamation of November 21, 1921.

LEVEL 2 Intermediate Heraldry

The Intermediate Level is for those who wish to further their study of heraldry. The Course builds upon the successful completion of the Introductory Heraldry Examination. A more comprehensive study of blazonry, a survey of a range of special topics and a broad overview of international heraldic practices are the highlights of this course. Individuals who complete this course will have mastered a core knowledge of heraldry and will have demonstrated fluency in blazoning heraldic achievements. References for level 2 can be reached by clicking references.

LEVEL 3 Advanced Heraldry

The Advanced Level is for those who wish to achieve the designation of Licentiate of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada -- LRHSC. Persons wishing to advance to this level must first have passed the Intermediate Heraldry examination (Level 2). They will be required to undertake further research and study culminating in a thesis that makes an original scholarly contribution to heraldry.