Steps to Instructor Certification
The same steps for becoming a Hunter and/or Bowhunter Education Instructor
- 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.
- 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.
- Download and complete these documents.
- 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 them to Austin, Attn; Hunter Education, along with their Instructor Final Report form.
- 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 the TPWD web site for the county list of Game Wardens and their cell phone # numbers.)
- Review the required Instructor Manual before attending the instructor training. After processing your application, interview, and course results, TPWD will mail you a "Congratulatory Letter/Packet" with your name tag template and an instructor patch. Once certified, you will access your certification card at your account page called 'dashboard' on the ORS (hunter education database) system.
- To represent the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department professionally.
- Accept students of all ages into Hunter Education courses and activities as prescribed in the Hunter Education Instructor Manual (policies & procedures) certifying those 9 years of age and older who pass knowledge, skill, and attitude assessments
- Be at least 21 years of age, of reasonably good health, and 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.)
- Submit to a criminal background check by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (conducted on all employees and volunteers of the agency)
- Certify five or more students per year
- Attend a minimum of one conference, meeting, and/or training workshop at least one time per year.