The Virginia Basic Hunter Education Course

If you are under 12 years of age, you must pass both the online and Basic Hunter Education Course portions of the Hunting course to complete the Virginia education requirements.

Important Basic Hunter Education Course Information

Locating and Signing Up for the Basic Hunter Education Course

Upon completion of the approved online course, students under 12 years of age will be required to attend a Basic Hunter Education Course in order to receive certification. Attending a Basic Hunter Education Course is optional for individuals ages 12 and older who have completed the approved online course.

Locate and sign up for the Basic Hunter Education Course in your area.

Important! Bring your Hunter Education Certificate to the Basic Hunter Education Course as proof of having completed the online course.

Warning! Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at the Basic Hunter Education Course.

What To Expect at the Basic Hunter Education Course

At the Basic Hunter Education Course, you must successfully complete the remaining course requirements, which include: 6-8 hours of instruction, firearm handling exercises, and Virginia’s Hunter Education Certificate exam.

Most of the classroom topics will pertain to Virginia-specific regulations and issues that are not covered in this online course. Be sure to have proper clothing for the outdoor sessions.

After attending and passing the Basic Hunter Education Course portion of the Hunting education requirement, you will receive your Hunter Education Certificate.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Virginia Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions