Any person born after January 1, 1972, is required to complete a department-approved course involving at least ten hours of instruction in conservation, safety and sportsmanship. Classes are taught by WDFW certified volunteer instructors. Classes are offered throughout the year, however classes in the late summer and fall fill very quickly.
Please register for only one class. If you cannot attend, cancel your
registration according to the cancellation policy for your class.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers two distinct types of hunter education training opportunities:
The Traditional Course is a multi-day instructor led training consisting of between 10 and 20 hours of instruction. This format is recommended for young students and people seeking a classroom experience.
Register Now for a Traditional Course
The Online Course is a two-part course. The online class is a student driven interactive web tool teaching the same content as the traditional course. After successfully completing the Online Class, students must complete a four-hour Field Skills Evaluation Class with certified instructors. The online class and the field skills evaluation class together make up the online course.
Register Now for the Online Class
Register Now for a Field Skills Evaluation Class for the Online Course
Note: Students who do not pass the Field Skills Evaluation Class are required to retake the online class before signing up for another Field Skills Evaluation Class. Please contact the Hunter Education Division (360-902-8111 or by email at email@example.com) to reset the Online Class and receive a coupon code before registering for another Online Class.
Active duty and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military and current or retired peace officers can request an exemption from the Field Skills Evaluation of the Online Hunter Education Course. Click on a link below for directions and the form.
Military Exemption Form
Peace Officer Exemption Form
FIREARM STORAGE AND SUICIDE
Please…. do your part
Hunting and target shooting are rich traditions enjoyed by millions of individuals and families nationwide. As a current or future hunter or target shooter, you likely have, or will have, firearms in the home.
We all play a critical role in preventing unauthorized or undesirable access to firearms to help prevent accidents, theft, and suicide. The statistics associated with suicide with a firearm are staggering… please do your part and practice safe firearm storage.
Please click the logos below to learn more about suicide awareness and prevention, the importance of safe firearm storage, and the range of storage options available.
(This important information is provided consistent with state law, RCW 43.70.445)
Safer Homes Suicide Awareness