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Online safety education courses

Education

Requirements for all safety education courses

All Wisconsin recreational safety students are required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID Number when registering for a safety education class and must provide that number to their instructor.

DNR-approved online courses

HUNTER INTERNET FIELD DAY COURSE

NOTICE: Students that successfully complete the hunter internet field day online course MUST attend an in-person field day to earn their hunter education safety certification.

COURSE INFORMATION

Students must enroll in an in-person field day course and then complete the hunter internet field day online course prior to attending the field day. The online portion of the course requires students to work through online units and complete multiple-choice quizzes. Upon successfully completing all portions of the hunter internet field day online course, the student is awarded a field day voucher. Students must present the field day voucher to attend the in-person field day course they enrolled in. Students will reinforce what they learned online through hands-on firearm handling, demonstrations and practical exercises. The students take a multiple-choice exam and complete a hands-on, skills-based assessment. Upon successfully completing of all portions of the field day course, the student is awarded a hunter education safety certificate.

LENGTH OF COURSE

This hunter internet field day online course takes 4-6 hours to complete online. The required in-person field day component takes 6-8 hours to complete.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

Students of any age may take a hunter internet field day course. The course is taught at a 6th grade reading level.

COURSE AVAILABILITY

Hunter internet field day course availability varies depending on the area of the state and time of year. Click the enroll button above to search for a recreational safety education course. Select “Internet Field Day” under course type. The field day is mandatory to earn your hunter education safety certification. After enrolling in an in-person field day, complete the hunter internet field day online course prior to the field day. The only DNR-approved hunter internet field day online course is: Hunter Internet Field Day Online Course [exit DNR]

COST OF COURSE

$10 per student paid directly to the instructor at the field day course.

ONLINE-ONLY HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

COURSE INFORMATION

Students take the online-only hunter education course that has the same general content as the other hunter education options. Students work through online units, take multiple-choice quizzes and then take a final multiple-choice exam. Upon successfully completing of all portions of the course, the student is awarded a hunter education safety certificate. This online-only hunter education course is designed for students that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience. If you do not have prior hunting or firearms handling experience, it is highly recommended that you take a traditional or internet field day course to receive one-on-one firearms handling and training with a certified Hunter Education Instructor.

Hunter Education Course FAQs [PDF]

LENGTH OF COURSE

This course takes between 4 and 6 hours to complete.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

Until further notice students of any age may take the online-only hunter education course to receive hunter education safety certification.

COURSE AVAILABILITY

The online-only hunter education course is completed entirely online. The only DNR-approved online-only hunter education course is: Online Only Hunter Education Course [exit DNR]

COST OF COURSE

$24.50 online course fee + $10 state fee per student

Adult Archery education (18+)

Wisconsin Bowhunter Ed Course [exit DNR] ($30) is a Wisconsin-approved online course covering all the information you need to get started. If you are 18 years of age or older, passing the online Wisconsin Bowhunter's Ed Course will complete your bowhunter education. Those under the age of 18 must complete an archery course taught by a certified DNR archery instructor.

Course features:

  • Education from the industry-leading experts in bowhunting education;
  • Fun and engaging content;
  • Videos, interactive animations and illustrations;
  • Designed for any device;
  • Customer support 8:30 a.m. to midnight; and
  • Free to start. Free to study. Pay only when you pass.

An additional $10 DNR fee is required to obtain your certification.

ATV education courses

Operators of all-terrain vehicles can receive ATV safety certification through web courses. Students can take a course at any age but will not receive their official certification until they turn 12 years of age.

Available online courses:

Off-highway motorcycles education courses

Operators of off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) can only receive safety certification through web courses. Students can take a course at any age, but the certification is not valid until they turn 12 years of age.

Previous Wisconsin ATV safety graduates need only complete the OHM safety certification short course which is free and offered online at ATVcourse.com [exit DNR] or Wisconsin ATV Rider's Ed Course [exit DNR].

Operators in need of both OHM and ATV safety certification may complete the online combination course available at either ATVcourse.com [exit DNR] or Wisconsin ATV Rider's Ed Course [exit DNR].

Snowmobile courses

Operators of snowmobiles can receive snowmobile safety certification through web courses. Students must be 16 or older in order to become certified by these online courses.

Available online courses

Boating courses

Available online courses:

  • Boat Wisconsin Course [exit DNR] - A three-hour course split into short segments that are designed for easy comprehension and quick learning. This course has identical text that students study in DNR's classroom courses, with more than 200 realistic drawings, more than an hour of streaming videos and interactive animations.
  • BoaterExam.com [exit DNR] - Suitable for boaters of any age and reading skills. This course takes a minimum of three hours to complete.
  • Wisconsin Boat Rental Course [exit DNR] - A course for Wisconsin residents and visitors who do not already possess a valid boating education certificate, but who wish to rent a boat or personal watercraft (PWC) to operate on Wisconsin waters. The course covers all the information you'll need to know to receive your temporary boating certificate.