The Approved Virginia Hunter Safety Course

Need certification? Hunters 18+ just take this course. Hunters under 18 need a Field Day.

Free to start and study. No credit card required.

$24.50

pay only when you pass

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Approved by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/

Who Needs Hunter Safety Education?

State Law Persons 12 to 15 years old and all first-time hunters who buy a hunting license in Virginia

Get Certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study for Free

    Study the free course material. Pay $24.50 once you've passed.

  2. Complete Age Requirements

    Hunters 18+ pass this course to complete education. Hunters under 18 must pass the course and Field Day.
  3. Get Your Certificate

    Hunters 18+ just print their Hunter Education Certificate. Hunters under 18 get the certificate after the Field Day.

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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 Virginia Hunter Safety Education

Developed Specifically for Virginia Hunters

Featuring the Best Hunting Safety Videos Available

Produced by hunter education experts and found only at hunter-ed.com, 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 Virginia State-Approved 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 Virginia.

Pass the Course, Ages 18+

If you are 18 years of age or older, 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 90% 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.

After passing the online quizzes you will have met the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hunter education requirement.

Pass the Course, Ages Less Than 18

If you are under 18 years of age, 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 80% 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.

For those under 18 years of age, after passing the online quizzes, mandatory attendance at the Virginia Basic Hunter Education Course is the required second step.

After Passing the Online Course…

After passing the online course, students under 18 years of age are required to attend the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Basic Hunter Education Course to complete your hunter education certification.

Virginia Approved

Reviewed and Approved by:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 W. Broad Street
P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230
804-367-1000
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/

Self-Paced

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 Virginia Hunting License. For more information, see the Virginia Hunter Laws and Regulations page.

Did you lose your certificate? Replace it here.