Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

man giving boy hunting instructionAre you interested in becoming a Hunter Education Instructor?  Looking to spend your time instructing youth and others and ensuring they become safe and ethical hunters is a worthy way to serve.  

Following is information that you may find helpful:

  • Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor
  • Hunter Education Instructor Academy: This is the third step in the Hunter Education Instructor Certification process.  The Academies provide instructor candidates administrative processes and program procedures along with outdoor hands-on exercises.  Upon graduation, instructor have the resources and the material to teach hunter education and the hunter education field days.
    • March 18, 2017: Hunter Education Instructor Academy at Camp John Hope
    • July 28, 2017: Hunter Education Instructor Academy at Camp John Hope
  • Information for Experienced Instructors

3 Steps to Become a Hunter Education Instructor

Thank you for your interest in teaching and mentoring the next generation of safe, knowledgeable and responsible hunters in Georgia. 

Are you interested in becoming a hunter education instructor? Each year around 14,000 individuals pursue hunter education in Georgia. With over 500 active instructors in the state, you will be a part of a large team of dedicated volunteers teaching safe and responsible hunting.

There are three steps to becoming a certified hunter education instructor:

  1. Fill out a volunteer application at www.georgiawildlife.com/getinvolved/volunteer, and then email the completed application to Jennifer Pittman at Jennifer.Pittman@dnr.ga.gov or fax to 706-557- 3042. After receiving confirmation that we have the completed application in hand, instructor candidates have one month to complete the 8-hour online hunter education instructors’ course. After completing the course, instructor candidates must send their course completion certificate to Jennifer Pittman. The online instructor course provides potential instructors an overview of the Hunter Education Program, as well as providing instruction on public speaking and best teaching practices.
  2. After completing the online hunter education instructors’ training, we ask that potential instructors complete a basic hunter education course. Candidates will take the course online and complete the end of course test and a course evaluation. This process provides candidates an opportunity to experience one of the courses their students will be taking and ensure that hunter education standards are understood. Candidates have one month to complete the 8-hour course and must send the test completion paperwork and course evaluation to Jennifer Pittman.
  3. The final step in the certification process is attending a Hunter Education Academy. These are offered twice a year - the second weekend in April and second weekend in August. Candidates must attend within 10 months of completing Step 2. This ensures certifications are timely and that new information is sent to candidates in an efficient manner. During the Academy, potential instructors will review the Hunter Education Program administrative procedures, participate in a live fire exercise and receive hands-on tree stand safety instruction. Candidates will also be asked to make a presentation to the group regarding hunter safety. Upon successful completion of a written test, candidates will receive their instructor certification. We are looking forward to working with new instructor candidates as we strive to make Georgia’s Hunter Education Program as safe and as effective as it can possibly be. For more information, contact Georgia’s Hunter Education Coordinator Jennifer Pittman at 770-761-3010 or Jennifer.Pittman@dnr.ga.gov.

The volunteer application can be completed here.

Contact Georgia’s Hunter Education Coordinator Jennifer Pittman at 770-761-3010 or Jennifer.Pittman@dnr.ga.gov for more information.

Information for Experienced Hunter Education Instructors

Your time and dedication as a Hunter Education Instructor is vital to ensuring that new hunters continue to learn about this time-honored tradition. 

Following is information that you may find helpful as you conduct classes.

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