Firearms safety instructors

Instructor and students

The DNR has over 4000 volunteer firearm safety instructors that train approximately 23,000 students annually. As of 2008, over one million students have been certified. Volunteers are essential to make this program work. Without volunteers this program would not be successful.

Firearm Safety Instructor training sessions

Classroom training sessions are taught by Regional Training Officers (RTOs) with the division of enforcement and are free of charge. During the training session, you will learn about the policy and procedures, teaching concepts, use of training aids and classroom training techniques.

One of the essential requirements to becoming a volunteer safety instructor is having knowledge of the course materials you will be responsible for teaching. Many applicants have taken a firearms safety course as a youth, which may have been over 15, 20, 25 or 30 years ago. Even though the basics of firearms handling and hunting ethics have not changed for several decades, over the last 5 to 7 years, the firearms safety course content has been updated. Instructors must complete an online Hunter Ed course sponsored by

Certified volunteer instructor requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Pass a BCA background application check

Becoming a Firearm Safety Instructor

Information for current Firearm Safety Instructors

News and events


Consider becoming a Certified Volunteer Hunter Education Youth Firearms Safety Instructor for the NEW Range and Field Day on-line course option. Pass on your passion for hunting and shooting sports by teaching ethics and safety to future hunters.

Successful applicants will be trained to use methods and procedures for instructing youth and adults in hunter education firearms safety.  Become certified and join a team in your community.   Consider inviting friends to attend the training with you.

For more information on the Education and Training Instructors program please contact us.