Hunter Education/Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

Classroom course

  • Students ages 11 and older can attend a classroom-based firearms safety certification course and receive their certificate. The firearms safety certificate becomes valid at age 12.
    • The firearms safety class consists of a minimum of 4 separate class sessions (students must attend the entire class for which they sign up), learning the safe handling of firearms, hunter responsibility and wildlife conservation. Students then complete the additional field day.  
    • The field day consists of seven required scenario-based training opportunities. These scenarios allow students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes shooting a .22 caliber rifle on a range.
    • The DNR course fee is $7.50, payable on-line after successful completion of course requirements. (The instructor may charge a fee of up to $7.50 at the class or field day for any costs they incur.)

Hybrid course

  • Students age 11 and older may complete their online hunter safety course at online hunter safety course (link is external).
    • Then, attend an in-person classroom review and firearms fundamentals session.
    • Students will finish with the field day portion.

Field days fill up quickly! Register your child for an in-person field day now while they complete their online course.

NOTE: Students ages 12 and older who want to hunt this fall but cannot complete their in-person field day are encouraged to use the apprentice hunter validation.

Check now to make sure you have your firearms safety certificate. If you’ve misplaced it, see the “General information” below for instructions on obtaining a duplicate.

Minnesota recognizes certificates for firearms safety training that are issued by other states.


Firearms Safety Certification for Adults (16 and older).

Outdoor News Magazine special for youth

General information

  • Purchase a duplicate firearms safety certificate online or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
  • For more information or assistance with purchasing a duplicate safety certificate:
  • To have your firearms safety certification added to your Minnesota Driver’s License, bring your firearms certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you renew your driver’s license and request them to check the box to add it as an endorsement.


Find (and sort) more courses on the DNR Safety Training Calendar!



To view detailed information about a class or field day, click on its title.

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04/13/24Firearms Safety Field DayZimmermanSherburne
04/13/24Firearms Safety Field Day ~ FEMALE ONLY HackensackCass
04/14/24Firearms Safety Field DaySpring GroveHouston
04/15/24Firearms Safety Field DayHugoWashington
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMonticelloWright
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassHoffmanGrant
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMayerCarver
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassClarkfieldYellow Medicine
04/16/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLittle FallsMorrison
04/16/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBaxterCrow Wing
04/17/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ WEDNESDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
04/17/24Firearms Safety Field DayN. St. PaulRamsey
04/18/24Firearms Safety Field DayOsloMarshall
04/18/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ THURSDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
04/19/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassDasselMeeker
04/20/24Firearms Safety Field DayMoorheadClay
04/21/24Firearms Safety Field DayNew LondonKandiyohi
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLuverneRock
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMahnomenMahnomen
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassThief River FallsPennington
04/22/24Firearms Safety Field DayAuroraSt. Louis
04/23/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWarroadRoseau
04/23/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassOrtonvilleBig Stone
04/25/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassElk RiverSherburne
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayLake ElmoWashington
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayGranite FallsChippewa
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DaySpicerKandiyohi
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayJacksonJackson
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayMelroseStearns
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayPelican RapidsOtter Tail
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayRoyaltonMorrison
04/28/24Firearms Safety Field DayWebsterHennepin
04/28/24Firearms Safety Field DayWelchGoodhue
04/30/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassFairmontMartin
04/30/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBrahamKanabec
05/04/24Firearms Safety Field DayMarshallLyon
05/04/24Firearms Safety Field DayHibbingSt. Louis
05/07/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCrookstonPolk
05/07/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ Tuesday'sHibbingSt. Louis
05/11/24Firearms Safety Field DaySt. JosephStearns
05/13/24Firearms Safety Field DayHugoWashington
05/15/24Firearms Safety Field DayN. St. PaulRamsey
05/18/24Firearms Safety Field DayBemidjiBeltrami
06/03/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassGrand RapidsItasca
06/08/24Firearms Safety Field DayNew UlmBrown
06/09/24Firearms Safety Field DayCottage GroveWashington
06/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassEast Grand ForksPolk
06/17/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLewistonWinona
06/18/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBig LakeSherburne
06/19/24Firearms Safety Field DayN. St. PaulRamsey
06/20/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWarbaItasca
06/22/24Firearms Safety Field DayLake ElmoWashington
07/13/24Firearms Safety Field DayGrand MeadowMower
07/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLewistonWinona
07/18/24Firearms Safety Field DayN. St. PaulRamsey
07/24/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ WEDNESDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
07/25/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ THURSDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
07/29/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSt CharlesWinona
08/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassHam LakeAnoka
08/03/24Firearms Safety Field DayCrookstonPolk
08/10/24Firearms Safety Field DayNew UlmBrown
08/12/24Firearms Safety Field Day ~ FEMALES ONLYHugoWashington
08/17/24Firearms Safety Field DayKimballStearns
08/20/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCrookstonPolk
09/07/24Firearms Safety Field DayTracyLyon
09/16/24Firearms Safety Field DayHugoWashington

There are organizations that include the DNR Firearms Safety Training class as part of an event or membership package they offer. The DNR firearms safety training fee is $7.50, with an option for the instructor group to charge an additional $7.50. However, these other programs have additional costs set by the providing organization.

Organizations offering a DNR firearms safety class

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