Recreational Safety Courses

Completing a recreational safety course is an important step to preparing for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable outdoor adventures in Maine and beyond.

The Department offers recreational safety courses in the following disciplines: firearms hunting, bowhunting, crossbow hunting, trapping, ATV, snowmobile and boating.

If you are unable to find a course in your area or if you have questions about completing a course, please contact the Recreational Safety Office at 207-287-5220.

Hunting and Trapping

In Maine, hunters and trappers must attend approved training courses specific to the license or permit type they wish to purchase. By state law, anyone planning to buy a basic hunting license, archery license, crossbow permit, or trapping license, must complete the respective hunter, archery, crossbow, or trapper education course. Individuals may purchase each of these licenses by showing a certificate of completion from the appropriate course, or a previously issued license of the same type.

If you would like to refresh your knowledge of safe and responsible hunting, then taking a hunter education course is a great idea.


Recreational Vehicles

Students who wish to learn about the safe operation of snowmobiles, boats, or ATV's can complete one of the many courses offered by the Department each year. Boating safety courses are also provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliaries and by U.S. Power Squadrons around the state.

Note: In order to operate an ATV under 16 years of age, a rider must complete an approved ATV Safety Course.

ATV Safety Institute Riders Course

The ATV Rider course may be taken as a legal alternative of the course offered by the Department. For information on the ASI Course, see - Select ATV Rider Course, Click on Online Enrollment, and follow prompts for information on requirements. 

Note: The ATV Safety Institute E-Course is not recognized by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Become a Volunteer Instructor

Traditional format recreational safety courses and other educational programs are taught by over 800 trained, certified volunteer instructors who meet state and international standards. Volunteer instructors provide valuable information to outdoor users.

To become a certified volunteer instructor, an individual must:

  • Successfully complete the basic course as a student and complete the appropriate application and written examination.
  • Be at least 18 years old with a record free of convictions. See Note
  • Complete an instructor training course.
  • Join an existing team of instructors or organize a new team.
  • Agree to attend training updates/workshops.

NOTE: Junior Instructor program available for ages 14-18 years.

For more information, please contact the Recreational Safety Division at (207) 287-5220.

Duplicate Certificates/Cards

The Department keeps records of graduates from its safety courses. If you have lost your certificate, you may obtain a duplicate from the Safety Division at no cost.

In person - 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine

Or use the contact form below.

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