Angler education instructor certification
Angler Education Instructors provide a range of clinics and programs in a variety of places. The DNR provides teaching materials to certified instructors, along with tips that help instructors tailor their programs to meet the needs of the groups they serve.
- Attend an instructor training workshop.
- Sign the Angler Education Standards of Conduct on the volunteer application at the workshop.
- Pass the background check administered by the DNR's Bureau of Law Enforcement. You may download the mentor background check form, DNR Form 4100-217, to begin this process.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have an interest in aquatic resources and their well-being.
- Possess a strong personal sense of outdoor ethics.
- Enjoy working with people of all ages.
- Have good communication and organizational skills.
- Hold a current fishing license when while fishing or leading fishing outings.
General fishing skills are helpful, but not required; a willingness to participate and learn is essential!
- Conduct Angler Education programs for clubs, youth groups, or schools in their communities.
- Recruit assistants and participants.
- Return loaner equipment and materials promptly and in good condition.
- Document and submit timely and accurate program records to the Angler Education office.
- Supervise and assist Fishing Buddies and other volunteers involved with your program.
We ask instructors to offer at least one program within the first year of certification. Re-certification will automatically renew for instructors who provide a program at least once every two years. Instructors inactive for two years must attend another workshop to become re-certified.