Virginia Basic Hunter Education Course

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The Basic Hunter Education Course covers material on hunting safety, principles of conservation and sportsmanship. Students are required to complete the self-study prior to class and will have to turn in the chapter review exercises from the self-study to the instructor at the beginning of class and they may be turned away if the chapter review exercises are not completed. For more information about the self-study and to obtain the study material, click this link.


There is usually no charge for these classes, which are required for 12- to 15-year-old license buyers, as well as for anyone purchasing a hunting license for the first time.

Replacement Cards

Please visit or call 1-800-830-2268 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays) for replacement certification cards. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards. You will be requested to provide the following information: your full name, date of birth, approximate date (year or month/year) of class, and current mailing address. If your attendance can be verified, a duplicate card will be issued.

Additional Information

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources shall afford to all persons an equal access to Department programs and facilities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex or age. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, please write: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, ATTN: Compliance Officer, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23228.

This program may receive Federal financial assistance in Sport Fish and/or Wildlife Restoration. Under Title VI of the I 964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to:

The Office for Human Resources
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services 4040 N. Fairfax Drive
Room 300
Arlington, Virginia 22203

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Can't find a class near you? Please visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and fill out this form to request a free voucher for the online only course.

Virtual Classes are being hosted by the Virginia DWR, please look for classes titled "Virtual Basic Hunter Education Course" for an additional option.

August 2024

September 2024

  • Sep 7 Sat

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    Basic Hunter Education Course

    Registration Open 28 of 30 seats remaining

    Location & Schedule

    Albemarle High School Charlottesville, VA 22901

    • Saturday, September 7, 2024 9:00am - 4:00pm