Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course

The Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course in Nova Scotia is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry.

The Hunter Education Course includes instruction in ecology and wildlife management, hunter ethics and landowner relations, laws and regulations, basic first aid and survival skills, and field techniques. Students complete a written test; the pass mark is 80%.

Courses are offered based on student demand and instructor availability. Courses are normally held in the fall and winter months and less frequently during the spring and summer. Students must register online at Mature students (age 14 and over) have two options for completing the course, register for either the classroom course or the online course. Classroom courses will be required for 12 and 13 year old students and will continue to be an option for hunters preferring that method of learning.

To view the Hunter Education classroom course schedule, click here.

Hunter Education Course - Now Online!

Resident Nova Scotians over 14 have the option to take the online course by registering at

Once an applicant has completed the interactive online course and quizzes and is ready to write their final exam they contact the nearest Department of Lands and Forestry office (or a certified Hunter Education instructor) to schedule an appointment to do so. When they arrive for their appointment they must bring the following items: Certificate of Completion from AND proof of completing the Canadian Firearms safety course.