The Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides free hunter education courses throughout the year in all 100 counties. More than a firearm safety course, instruction includes ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.
There are no minimum age requirements, however, classes are taught at a sixth grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. Courses are a minimum of 6 hours, taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors, and certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.
Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased significantly over the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.
Register for an instructor led Hunter Education Certification course near you.
If you do not wish to complete certification using the in-person course option, the virtual course option and online-only option are still available.
Please note that some course locations may have guidelines and restriction in place. Make sure to check facility information when registering for a course.
If you need any accommodations to attend this program or event, please contact the Wildlife Education Division.
Register for a virtual Hunter Education Certification course.
All courses listed as NCWRC Virtual Classroom will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams. All other courses with a specific location are in-person courses. All virtual course participants will be required to:
Currently, there are four online hunter education courses (with varying fees) that provide a convenient alternative to the classroom course. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has moved to temporarily waive the field day requirement for our online courses. Once the online hunter education course is completed, you can print your temporary hunter education card to purchase your NC hunting license.
Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament (YHEST)
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)