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Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

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Hunter Education Instructors play a critical role in teaching the next generation of safe and ethical hunters and trappers.

Although it can be challenging work, the instructors find it to be a highly fulfilling and rewarding opportunity.

To become a certified instructor, you must:

  • Enjoy working with the public; 
  • Believe in and practice safe, knowledgeable, and responsible hunting; 
  • Complete an application process that includes providing personal references, submitting to fingerprinting and a background checks, and other requirements as listed in our policy manual and the instructor application, below. 

How to apply?

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Download the Instructor Application Package and complete the following forms. Email the completed forms to Alternatively, you can mail them to our Montpelier office listed on the application. The application includes the following:

  • Pages 1-2: Overview 
  • Pages 3-4: Hunter Education Instructor Application Forms 
  • Page 5: FBI National Record Check Release Form – This form must be notarized. Most banks, post offices, and town offices have notaries present with no charge for assistance. 
  • Page 6: Request for Information from the Vermont Adult Protective Services and Child Abuse Registry. 
  • Page 7: Fingerprint Information Sheet – The individual who takes your fingerprints must sign this form and it must be returned with your application. 
  • Page 8: Fingerprint Reimbursement Form – If you pay for the fingerprinting, save the receipt, and include that and this page for reimbursement.
  • Page 9: Vermont Criminal Information Center Fingerprint Authorization Certificate – This must be filled out and turned in to the person who fingerprints you. They will submit it to VCIC along with your fingerprints.

What’s Next?

Once received we will begin processing your application. Getting the records back may take some time and we appreciate your patience. We will need you to attend a New Instructor Training course, which is held twice a year. We will contact all current applicants with the date and time of upcoming trainings. After successful completion of the training, we will have you apprentice with a Chief Instructor. Once all of this is finished you will receive a welcome packet and be a fully certified instructor.

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Contact us for more information:

Vermont Hunter Education Program
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208