Hunter Education Instructor Course - 09/07/2019 - (505769)

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Sep 7
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Government Canyon State Natural Area
12861 Galm Road
San Antonio, TX 78254
Instructor: John Thompson

Become a Hunter Education Instructor

Hunter Education's goals are to reduce hunting related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values. We now have more than 3,400 active instructors, including TPWD staff & game wardens, volunteers and professional educators. Instructor-led courses certify an average of 23,000 students per year.

Steps to Instructor Certification

  1. Complete the Hunter Education Student Course ( Note: If you are interested in teaching Bowhunter Education ( , you must complete the Student portion of both Hunter and Bowhunter Education, then follow the steps outlined below.
  2. Register for a Hunter Education Instructor Course - see Instructor Course Schedule ( . Many Instructor Courses include both hunter and bowhunter education, but most are separate offerings.
  3. Download and complete these documents. (
  4. Take your completed APPLICATION and signed consent/waiver forms to the Instructor Course. TPWD staff or Area Chief teaching the instructor course will collect all applicable, signed forms and mail to Austin, Attn; Hunter Education, along with their Instructor Final Report form.
  5. Take the GAME WARDEN INTERVIEW form (blank) with you to the instructor course. If a game warden is present at the course, he/she will conduct an interview and give your completed form to the TPWD Staff member or Area Chief. If a game warden is not present at the Instructor course, please take the blank form to your local game warden. He/she will conduct a proper interview and sign the form, then send it directly to TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, Attn: Hunter Education. (Please go to TPWD web site for county list of Game Wardens and their cell phone #s.)
  6. Review the required Instructor Manual ( prior to attending the instructor training. After processing your application, interview, and course results, TPWD will mail you a "Congratulatory Letter/Packet" with your a name tag template and an instructor patch. Once certified, you will access your own certification card at your account page called 'dashboard' on the ORS (hunter education database) system.

Instructor Responsibilities

  1. To represent the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in a professional manner.
  2. Accept students of all ages into Hunter Education courses and activities as prescribed in Hunter Education Instructor Manual ( (policies & procedures) certifying those 9 years of age and older who pass knowledge, skill and attitude assessments
  3. Be at least 21 years of age, of reasonably good health, high integrity, pass a written exam and submit to an interview by a game warden (Assistant Instructor applicants must be at least 15 years of age and be sponsored by a certified instructor.)
  4. Submit to a criminal background check by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (conducted on all employees and volunteers of the agency)
  5. Certify five or more students per year
  6. Attend a minimum of one conference, meeting and/or training workshop at least one time per year
Hunter Education Instructor Course NOTES: Government Canyon State Natural Area (GCSNA) 12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254 Directions: From Culebra/FM 471 & 1604 intersection (Alamo Ranch area) head away from on San Antonio. You will pass William Howard Taft High School on your left and then cross FM 1560. You will also see the National Shooting Complex on the left. About 500 yards further on FM 471 you will turn right onto Galm Road at the Shell gas station. Follow Galm Road until you come to a roundabout, enter the roundabout and take the second right off of it. The Park Fee Booth opens at 0900, but you can enter early and come straight to Parking Area "A". If the Fee Booth is manned, tell them you are a Hunter Education student and you will be able to enter FREE. Pay particular attention to the speed limit and watch for people and animals while driving in the park. Enter GCSNA and follow the road about a mile to the Fee collection booth. Continue on the road until you come to a stop sign. Go straight and follow he signs to Parking lot A/B where you can park. You will see a water tower above the tree line. Walk in that direction and follow the path to the training area. We will be in the screened Exhibit Hall near the park store, restrooms and water fountain. DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION INTO GCSNA Bring a sack lunch, snacks and drinks. Please clean-up after yourself. Items you MUST bring with you:
  • Great attitude
  • Hearing Protection
  • Eye protection
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Highlighter
  • Any Internet capable device (laptop, iPad, Smart phone etc.) 
Each student must use a unique email address, username and password in order to properly register for the Hunter Education Instructor class. You will need it to print out your Hunter Education Instructor completion certificate. Please use this link to register for a class and be sure to retain your Username and Password! If you do run into technical difficulties please call 1 (800) 792-1112 and follow the prompts to Hunter Education.