How to Become a Hunter Education Instructor

The Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife is always looking for qualified individuals who would like to become instructors or assistants in the hunter education programs. The following are the qualifications and duties of volunteer instructors and assistant instructors.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS - FIREARMS AND ARCHERY

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be twenty-one years of age or older
  • Have at least three years of hunting experience
  • Have no felony convictions, conservation convictions or serious misdemeanors within the last five years.
  • Undergo background investigation
  • Be a Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education Course graduate
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate
  • Pass the Instructor Exam with a minimum score of 90%

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS - FIREARMS AND ARCHERY

An eligible applicant must:

  • Be eighteen years of age or older
  • Be active in hunting or shooting sports
  • Have no felony convictions, conservation convictions or serious misdemeanors within the last five years.
  • Undergo background investigation
  • Be a Hunter Education or Bowhunter Education Course graduate
  • Be enrolled in formal school system, graduate or equivalency certificate
  • Be recommended by a certified instructor
  • Participate with a certified instructor
  • Pass the Instructor Exam with a minimum score of 75%

1. Obtain an Instructor Application and Background Check Waiver Form from the Hunter Education Office.

2. Complete the forms and return to the Hunter Education Office along with two letters of reference.

3. Upon receipt of the above mentioned material, we will send you the instructor exam for hunter and/or bowhunter education. The exams are to be completed and returned to our office. If the minimum passing grade is achieved, the appropriate certification will be issued.

4. The successful applicant will then be required to team-teach with experienced instructors as well as attend state sponsored training sessions as they are offered.