Official Hunter Safety Education Course

Take this North Carolina state-approved online course and complete your classroom requirement in a few hours.

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North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate

Who Needs Hunter Education?

State Law Any first-time hunter who buys a hunting license in North Carolina. Anyone under 16 years old who plans to hunt without an adult.

Get Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study for Free

    Study the free course material. Pay $19.50 once you've passed.

  2. Complete the Required Hunter Education Field Day

    To complete North Carolina hunter education requirements, you must attend the Hunter Education Field Day.

  3. Get Your Certificate

    After successfully completing the Hunter Education Field Day, you'll receive your permanent North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate.

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It typically takes 4–6 hours to go through the online course, excluding quizzes/tests, and any re-studying that you may choose to do.

What People are Saying about Hunter Ed

A Comprehensive Course in North Carolina Hunter Safety Education

Developed Specifically for North Carolina Hunters

Featuring the Best Hunting Safety Videos Available

Produced by hunter education experts and found only at, these hunter safety videos are fun to watch, and they’ll make you a better, safer hunter.

Interactive Learning Exercises and Games

Your hunter safety education is reinforced by getting hands-on. Watch, click, drag, drop, shoot, and more as you progress through the hunter safety course.

Do you know when to "Shoot or Don’t Shoot"? Play Hunter Ed’s Interactive Learning Game and find out!

Comprehensive Hunter Education Content

This course includes easy-to-understand hunting safety instructions and hundreds of detailed illustrations to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a safe and responsible hunter.

Hunter Ed is the only hunting safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of state government hunting and wildlife agencies.

Studying and Completing the Online Course

Study the Course Content

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for hunter training established by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA).

Read each unit. The units are organized to form building blocks of information. Each unit will help you understand the information in the next units.

This official training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a safe and responsible hunter in North Carolina.

Pass the 9 Unit Quizzes

As you progress through the course, you’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate how well you’re understanding the hunter safety topics by taking a quiz at the end of each unit.

You’ll need to score 70% or greater on the unit quiz before moving on to the next unit.

If you don’t pass a unit quiz, that’s no problem. You’ll just go back and take the quiz as many times as you need to pass it.

Pass the Final Exam

After completing all units, you’ll have the choice to proceed directly to the online Field Day Qualifier Exam, or you may first take a practice exam.

Both the practice exam and the Field Day Qualifier Exam cover all the course material and will assess your knowledge of hunting safely in North Carolina.

You must score 80% or greater on the final exam to pass. If you fail the final exam, don’t worry; you have unlimited attempts to pass.

After Passing the Online Course…

After passing the online course, you are required to attend the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Hunter Education Field Day to complete your hunter education certification.

North Carolina Approved

Reviewed and Approved by:

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1752 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606


You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we’ll keep track of your progress.

Mobile Ready

This hunter safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. It’s easy to study the course material from any place at any time.

Made in the USA

This hunting education safety course is proudly made in Dallas, Texas, USA, and our servers and data storage facilities are located within the USA.

How do I get my state hunting license?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have a hunter education certificate in order to purchase the North Carolina Hunting License. For more information, see the North Carolina Hunter Laws and Regulations page.

Did you lose your certificate? Replace it here.