Which Hunter Safety Course Is Right For You?

Note: The FWC wants to ensure that physical disabilities do not get in the way of a person's access to hunter safety programs. If the students needs any special accommodations please notify the FWC regional coordinator for your county a minimum of two weeks prior to the first day of class.

Option 1 Traditional Courses and Skills Day:

Youth learning to fire gunThe traditional hunter safety is a face-to-face, instructor led course covering the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be a safe hunter and a hands-on Skills Day. Register for a course near you.

When registering for your course, be sure to include your e-mail address where indicated. This will ensure that you receive your confirmation notice and your reminder prior to the date of the course. This also gives us another way to reach you in case the course date has been changed or cancelled due to an emergency.

Option 2 Online Course and Skills Day (Two Steps):

The online Hunter Safety Course and Skills Day covers the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be a safe hunter. Students should register for a hands-on Skills Day, then complete one of the acceptable online courses listed below. Prior to beginning the course online, you should register for a Skills Day.

Step 1 - Register for a Skills Day course near you. Click on the date you would like to attend that states, "Internet Students Only" and fill out the online registration form. Student's must attend each date for the full class time to successfully complete the course.

Step 2- Complete one of the following online courses:

  • NRA Hunter Ed Logo
    NRAHE.org External Website - From the organization that built the first-ever hunter education program in 1949, the NRA Online Hunter Education course is designed to help new hunters of all ages learn how to be safe and responsible members of the hunting community. This state-of-the-art course is the most comprehensive online hunter education instruction in the United States, and it’s 100% FREE!
  • Beasafehunter.org External Website - Engaging videos, photos and graphics, this course is fully narrated and provides the necessary information for a student to become a safe hunter. This course has 24/7 toll free technical support and you only pay when you pass. (Effective July 1, this course will be $9.95)
  • HunterEdCourse.com External Website - Interactive animations and photos with narration and closed captioning so you hear, see and read the course, making learning easy and enjoyable. Pay only if you pass. Over 90% of users recommend. ($13.00)
  • Hunter-Ed.com Florida External Website - Listen, read, or both! Exam questions are read aloud, with pictures to trigger your memory. Learn with hundreds of realistic illustrations, and see exactly how firearms work with detailed animations. ($28.95 - pay only when you pass!)
  • HUNTERcourse.com Florida External Website- Fully narrated, illustrated and full of engaging animations and videos. EXCLUSIVE – Virtual Field Day to best prepare you for your field day! Offer 7 day/week customer service and tech support. ($29.00)

Option 3 Florida Virtual School Outdoor Education:

Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) is now offering high school students (grades 9-12) the ability to complete their Hunter Safety and Boater Safety certification while earning 0.5  credit for high school. The new FLVS physical education course is now available for free to Florida students.  To learn more, watch this video:


  • Florida Virtual School Outdoor Education Course External Website - Free and open to Florida residents ages 12 to 18. The only course in the nation to combine both hunting and boating safety. Participants will develop skills in outdoor activities and learn about the benefits of physical activity while using proper safety procedures to experience wildlife, outdoor and extreme sports. By meeting all of the requirements of the Outdoor Education course, not only will students receive their Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and be eligible to obtain a Florida Hunter Safety Certificate, they’ll also earn a 0.5 credit for high school, and meet public school requirements for taking an online course and a physical education course. 
  • Hunter Safety 50 ft. Light Rifle Target Adobe PDF

Option 4 Firearms Safety Certification and Online Course:

This option is recommended for adults only who are Florida residents. If you have already completed previous firearms training, meeting one of the acceptable firearm training requirements listed on the application linked below, you can receive a Florida hunter safety card by completing one of the online courses listed above, reading the current years hunting regulations and following the procedures outlined in the Application For Hunter Safety Certification With Previous Firearms TrainingAdobe PDF. Please refer to the application to see which forms of previous firearms training documentation is acceptable. Applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Regional Offices listed on the back of the application.

Kids taking hunter safety test

Note to Parents:

  • If your child is under 18 years of age, they must present to the instructor at all courses a Parental Release Form signed by the child's parent or guardian. This will allow your child to participate in the live fire exercises. Download the Parental Release Form Adobe PDF
  • Parents or legal guardians are required to accompany children under the age of 16 to all classes.
  • This course is designed for 12 year-olds and older.
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