• Basic Hunter Education Course


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    The 6-8 hour Basic Hunter Education Course covers material on hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. This course is usually 6-8 hours in length but students are required to complete the self-study prior to class. Although students do NOT have to prove completion of self-study, the final exam will include material covered in the self-study portion. More information on the 6-8 hour course can be found here.

    Details

    There is usually no charge for these classes, which are required for 12- to 15-year-old license buyers, as well as for anyone purchasing a hunting license for the first time.

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    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Bowhunter Education Course (IBEP)


    Overview

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries supports the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP), a bowhunter education course developed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF).

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    Details

    In Virginia, Bowhunter Education is not required to obtain an archery license. However, the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP) class provides an excellent opportunity to learn ethical techniques for hunting with archery equipment. Some states, localities, and military facilities require this course.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, and trapping courses in Virginia are taught primarily by trained volunteer instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.
    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Trapper Education Course (VTA)


    Overview

    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries supports the Virginia Trappers Association (VTA) Trapper Education Program.

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    Details

    This course is not required in order to buy a trapping license in Virginia. However, it is an excellent introduction to the safe and ethical use of trapping techniques.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, and trapping courses in Virginia are taught primarily by trained volunteer instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Other Hunter Education Opportunities


    Overview

    Hunting workshops are sometimes offered to allow students the opportunity to gain hunting skills beyond those taught in the Basic Hunter Education Course.

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    Details

    Most workshops are coordinated by volunteer Hunter Education Course instructors and involve an actual hunting experience.

    Classes, such as wild game processing and outdoor skills, may be offered by volunteer Hunter Education Course instructors.

    This training does not meet the requirement for certification in Hunter Education.

    Replacement Cards

    Please call 1-866-721-6911 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

    Volunteer Instructors

    Hunting, bowhunting, and trapping courses in Virginia are taught primarily by trained volunteer instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/.

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Hunting

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Boating Safety Education Classroom Course


    Overview

    This course is recommended for motivated students 12 years of age and older with good reading and comprehension skills who want to learn more about the fundamentals of safe and responsible boating. Course materials are on a 6th grade reading level.

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    Details

    A typical Boater Education Course lasts 6-8 hours with exam time depending on the class location and instructor.

    Who Needs Boater Education?

    In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement will be phased in over the next several years; and by 2016, all operators of PWCs (personal watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, and Wave Runners) and operators of motorboats with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or motorboat. As of July 1, 2011, PWC operators 50 years of age and younger and motorboat operators 20 years of age and younger must show proof that they have completed a boating safety course. On July 1, 2012, PWC operators of any age and motorboat operators 30 years of age and younger must show proof that they have completed a boating safety course.

    This course will enable you to become a safe boater who:

    • boats safely
    • respects other boaters
    • obeys the law
    • understands boating laws

    Topics covered include:

    • boating operations
    • safe boating practices
    • navigation signs
    • boating responsibilities

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Boating

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov
  • Boating Safety Education Challenge Exam


    Overview

    If you are an experienced boater and have a good working knowledge of the navigation rules and Virginia boating laws, you may opt to take an 80-question challenge exam.

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    Details

    These challenge exams will be scheduled throughout Virginia. You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the exam. The exam is closed book and no reference material is allowed in the examination room. The Virginia Watercraft Owner's Guide and other boating materials, such as Chapman's, are suggested as study material.

    Registration

    You must register by telephone at least three (3) days prior to the exam date. Walk-ins will not be allowed to take the exam. Exam proctors will only have enough exams on hand for those who have registered in advance.

    Contact Us

    If you need special classroom accommodation, or have special needs, or do not see a class in your area, please contact the boating education coordinator for your region.

    Managed And Approved By:

    Virginia DGIF Boating

    http://www.dgif.virginia.gov