Hunter Education Course: To Be Scheduled in 2018

If you were born ON OR AFTER September 2nd, 1971, and...

Under 9 years of age
You must be accompanied
Age 9 - 16
You must have successfully completed a Hunter Education course OR you must be accompanied.
Age 17 or older
You must successfully complete a Hunter Education course. An online course for complete certification is available at Or you may purchase a one-time-only "HUNTER EDUCATION DEFERRAL" good for the current license year, and you must be accompanied.

About the Course

This course is designed for novice or young hunters, ages 9 years and above. The course covers the core competencies of firearm and hunting safety, hunting ethics and wildlife conservation. All materials are provided. The Hunter Education Classroom Course lasts a maximum of 6 hours of classroom instruction. This time does not include registration, breaks, test administration and certification card distribution. Courses are offered across the state year round and are taught by certified volunteer instructors. The fee for the certification is $15. Some instructors may apply additional charges for the class, such as range or facility fees. Pre-registration is required. Check with the instructor for directions and any special instructions prior to going to class.

Be sure to verify with the instructor that the class you are registering for is the Classroom Course.

You may also contact your local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department office or call TPWD Austin headquarters at 1-800-792-1112, ext. 4999.

When you arrive at the course:

  • Pay the fee to the instructor.
  • Attend the entire course.
  • Take the written exam and get at least 75% correct to pass.
  • Upon successful completion, you may receive a temporary card from the instructor. You may legally hunt with a valid Texas hunting license and your temporary certification card. Your permanent Texas Hunter Education certification card will be available for downloading and printing from your Account Profile.

We will have a live fire exercise so all students need to bring eye and ear protection if available. We will have extras at the class as well. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch or snack for a short break. Cost for the course is $30 cash or check only. This includes firing range and facility fees.