DNR Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor process

All new instructor applicants and instructors seeking recertification must meet the requirements of being at least 18 years old and passing a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) background check. All applicants for any of the DNR safety programs must also complete the forms below and attend a volunteer instructor training course. There is no fee to attend. During the instructor training, applicants will learn about policy and procedures, teaching concepts, use of training aids and youth classroom training techniques.

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  • ATV safety instructor required certificate
  • Bowhunter Field Day instructor
  • Forms for all instructors
  • Firearms safety instructor
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Snowmobile safety instructor required certificate
  • Wildlife species instructor for Wild Turkey and Black Bear

 

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  • ATV
  • Bowhunter
  • Firearms
  • Snowmobile
  • Wildlife species
  • FAQs

Forms for all volunteer instructor applicants

Every applicant must download and complete each form below. Completed forms are required to be brought to the safety instructor training session.

*Answers to the Instructor Training Worksheet are found in our 'Volunteer Instructors Procedure Manual'. To download, click on link below. A hard copy of this manual will be provided at training.

ATV safety instructor required certificate process

Volunteer Youth ATV Safety instructors train approximately 2,000 youth statewide every year. They help to teach responsible ATV operation by covering safety, laws, and environmental concerns.

Complete all forms in the forms section of this page

Complete the ATV safety CD course
-OR
Provide proof of taking MN ATV Safety within last 5 years

ATV CD Completion Requirements:

    1. Complete each section of the ATV CD
    2. Complete and pass the ATV exam.
    3. Print one copy of the Completion Certificate and bring it to the instructor training.

Call, email or write for a copy of Contact the DNR Information Center to receive a free CD at 1-888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157.


In addition to completing the forms and requirements, you must register for a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor training course. Check the current safety instructor course calendar for dates and locations.

Regional Training Officers (RTO) conduct the instructor training throughout Minnesota. If no specific instructor training course is listed in your area, contact your local RTO to inquire about organizing Volunteer Instructor training near you. RTO Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

You may also sign up for the instructor email list to be notified of instructor training courses as they become scheduled.

Bowhunter Field Day instructor process

Complete all forms in the forms section of this page

Instructors must complete the online BowHunter Ed course sponsored by bowhunter-ed.com™. To go directly to the online course, click on the link: http://www.bowhunter-ed.com/mn/index.htm

Current MBEP Instructors and New Instructor applicants are not required to pay the online course fee, nor take the field day qualifier exam. However, instructors are asked to provide proof of completing the online course by Printing the results of the PRACTICE TEST.


In addition to completing the forms and requirements, you must register for a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor training course. Check the current safety instructor course calendar for dates and locations.

Regional Training Officers (RTO) conduct the instructor training throughout Minnesota. If no specific instructor training course is listed in your area, contact your local RTO to inquire about organizing Volunteer Instructor training near you. RTO Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

You may also sign up for the instructor email list to be notified of instructor training courses as they become scheduled.

Firearms safety instructor process

The DNR has over 4000 volunteer firearms safety instructors who train approximately 23,000 students annually. Consider becoming a Certified Volunteer Hunter Education Youth Firearms Safety Instructor. Pass on your passion for hunting and shooting sports by teaching ethics and safe firearms handling to future hunters.

Successful applicants will be trained to use methods, equipment and procedures for instructing youth and adults in hunter education firearms safety. Become certified and join a team in your community. Consider inviting friends to attend the training with you.

What type of firearms safety instructor training would you like to attend?

  • Field Day Instructor – Be part of a team that teaches and mentors students who have completed the on-line firearms safety course (www.huntercourse.com). The Field Day is comprised of a hands-on, scenario-based learning environment through many real-life hunting situations using "The Hunter's Trail".
  • Traditional Firearms Safety Classroom Instructor – Take part in teaching youth firearms safety in a classroom setting. Topics include the fundamentals of safe firearms handling, firearms familiarization, and hunting ethics. The classroom course is taught over 6 days and also includes a Field Day.

Steps to get started - complete the following:

  1. Complete the online firearms course at www.huntercourse.com. Applicants are asked to provide proof of completing the online course by printing off the results of each of the 15 quizzes or the results of the 50-question practice test. NOTE: Applicants and current instructors are not required to pay the course fee.
  2. Go to the FORMS tab at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/process.html Print and complete each of the 5 documents listed.
  3. Register to attend an Instructor Clinic. Check the current instructor course calendar for dates, locations and contact person. Regional Training Officers (RTOs) conduct instructor training throughout Minnesota. If no specific instructor clinic is listed in your area, contact your local RTO to inquire about organizing Volunteer Instructor Training near you or to answer any questions you might have. Map of RTOs This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  4. You may also sign up for the instructor email list to be notified of instructor training courses as they become scheduled.

Snowmobile safety instructor required certificate process

Volunteer Youth Snowmobile Safety instructors train over 7,000 youth statewide every year. They help teach responsible, safe snowmobile operation.

Complete all forms in the forms section of this page

Complete the Snowmobile Safety CD course
- OR
Provide proof of taking MN Snowmobile Safety within last 5 years

Snowmobile Safety CD Completion Requirements:
Complete each section of the Snowmobile Safety CD

    1. Complete and pass the Snowmobile Safety exam.
    2. Print one copy of the completion Voucher (Certificate) and bring to instructor training.

Contact the DNR Information Center to receive a free CD at 1-888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157.


In addition to completing the forms and requirements, you must register for a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor training course. Check the current safety instructor course calendar for dates and locations.

Regional Training Officers (RTO) conduct the instructor training throughout Minnesota. If no specific instructor training course is listed in your area, contact your local RTO to inquire about organizing Volunteer Instructor training near you. RTO Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

You may also sign up for the instructor email list to be notified of instructor training courses as they become scheduled.

Wildlife species instructor (for Wild Turkey and Black Bear) process

Complete all forms in the forms section of this page

As a volunteer Wildlife Instructor for black bear or wild turkey you can use your knowledge and experience to teach individuals, who are interested in hunting a specific species, about the biology and behavior of these animals.


In addition to completing the forms and requirements, you must register for a Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor training course. Check the current safety instructor course calendar for dates and locations.

Regional Training Officers (RTO) conduct the instructor training throughout Minnesota. If no specific instructor training course is listed in your area, contact your local RTO to inquire about organizing Volunteer Instructor training near you. RTO Map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

You may also sign up for the instructor email list to be notified of instructor training courses as they become scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. I'm already a certified instructor in one of the following: Licensed Minnesota teacher, Law Enforcement Instructor, NRA Firearms instructor , Military Firearms Instructor, Certified Carry Conceal instructor, can I skip completing paperwork and Online safety training course?

A. No, you must take the appropriate safety training Online course or complete the CD certification as per the safety course you want to teach in the future. Understanding the course content and material is essential to our safety programs. Also, application paperwork is required per MN Statute 84.027 (17). The Minnesota Child Protection Background Check Act M.S. 299C.60 to 299C.64 was enacted into law in 1992. Background checks are processed through Bureau of Criminal Apprehension electronics files.

Q. Can I sign up to be a Firearms Safety Instructor training just to teach as a traditional classroom instructor?

A. Yes, During the Instructing training course you will receive all the necessary reference material to teach Classroom and the All Day Range & Field Day course.

Q. I have been an "Inactive safety instructor" for the last few years, I need to be recertified as a safety Instructor. What should I do for recertification?

A. Go to the "Tab" for the safety training program you want to be certified in and follow the process. Treat it as you are a new safety instructor .

Q. If we have "helpers" involved with our classes and/or field days, do helpers need to be certified as safety instructors?

A. No, they just need to be under the guidance of volunteer instructors

Q. How long is my Safety Instructor certification valid?

A. Instructor certification remains "current" and "active" on a continuous basis only if you are involved with teaching a safety class and your name is indicated on Roster A. Your name and instructor number must be shown on a Roster A at least once every two years.

Other questions?

Please contact the Regional Training Officer in your area - Map of RTOs This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.