The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Program

CORE COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 many CORE examiners will be choosing to cancel or postpone in person courses and exam challenges. It is solely at the discretion of the CORE examiner if they choose to provide any level of service. CORE examiners are independent sub-contractors who make their own schedules and will determine, at their sole discretion, for the health and safety of themselves and their family, if they choose to provide any service at this time.

To contact a CORE examiner in your area and find out if they are providing CORE exam challenges, please see our Examiner list here.

If examiners choose to provide challenge exams, the following procedures have been suggested, which are inline with recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer:


  1. Examiners wash hands and change gloves before & after each student/exam challenge
  2. Clean and disinfect all surfaces between each student/exam challenges. See the following link for approved disinfectants:
  3. All students and Examiners wear masks and gloves during exam challenges
  4. Maintain the minimum recommended 6 feet (2 metres) safe social distance between all people at all times

Please note that the BCWF office is now OPEN to the public, 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday, closed weekends and Stat Holidays.

We are only allowing 1 person in the office at a time and ask that all guests read the COVID -19 safety information on the front window & door and use the hand sanitizer provided at the front table before proceeding to the counter. 

To minimize exposure times to everyone during COVID 19, CORE Graduation Certificates WILL NOT be issued on the spot in the BCWF office. Once brought into the office, BCWF staff will offer to mail your CORE Graduation Certificate to you or offer you a pick up date.

Education for safe and ethical hunting

The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) program is British Columbia’s hunter education program.

The program ensures you have the basic knowledge and skill requirements for safe and ethical participation in hunting. If you are 18 years of age or older and you are a BC resident, you are required to complete the CORE program if you wish to obtain a hunting licence.

The CORE Program consists of a practical firearms handling test, and a written examination on all of the following subjects:

  • Conservation
  • Ethics
  • Law and Regulations
  • First Aid and Survival
  • Firearm Safety
  • Animal Identification
  • Bird Identification

You can learn about all of these subjects through the CORE Manual (available on the BCWF Online Store) and the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Online CORE Hunter Education Course

The BCWF online CORE Hunter Education course price includes the mandatory $30 student graduation certificate required to obtain your BC Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID).

Learn More Here!

3 Ways to Prepare for your CORE Exams

1. Take an in-person course with a certified CORE Examiner. Please see our Examiner list.

2. Self-study using the BCWF online CORE Course.

3. Self-study from home using the CORE manual and The Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Find a CORE Examiner

View the list below of CORE Examiners and find one in your area to inquire about in-person courses and exam challenges.

The asterisk * beside an Examiner name indicates that this individual also teaches the Canadian Firearm Safety Course. This program is a requirement before applying to obtain a Federal Firearms Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL).

CORE Courses

Certified Examiners offer CORE Courses. Examiners offering CORE Courses should provide complete examination preparation and may make arrangements for testing by CORE Examiners. Course fees may vary with these independent courses.

The examination process

You must complete a registration form, provided by the CORE Examiner, prior to starting the examinations. Until both exams have been successfully completed, the registration form should be kept to be shown to an examiner each time an examination is taken.

Two tests required

The written examination

The written examination consists of 75 multiple-choice questions based on the CORE Manual and the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

You must obtain at least 56 points overall to pass the written examination. Supplemental information from the CORE Manual is not tested.

There is no time limit for the written examination. Upon completion of the test, the examiner will provide you the results. A failed exam must be retaken on a date other than the day the test was failed. Each time an examination is taken, a $30 fee is payable to the examiner.

Practical firearms handling examination

The practical firearms handling examination requires the safe handling of two of the five types of firearm actions, including the identification and loading/unloading use of dummy ammunition. A minimum score of 23 out of 30 is required for a pass. The examiner will provide the firearms.

If you have satisfactorily completed the Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC), you do not need to complete the CORE practical firearm-handling examination.

You must provide the CORE Examiner with the completed CFSC report form showing successful test completion to be exempt from the practical firearms handling examination.

A Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) Card is NOT acceptable for exemption from the CORE practical firearms handling exam.

Graduate Certificate

When both examinations have been successfully completed, the examiner will give you a document of completion. You must send this form, along with a $30 administration fee, payable to the BCWF, to obtain a graduation certificate.

You will need to take this graduation certificate and request a Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID). FrontCounter BC and Service BC both offer hunting services and can create a FWID.  Hunters can also apply for a FWID online. There is no cost for the FWID. Before a FWID is issued, you will have to prove that you are a BC resident and that you meet the minimum age requirements.

With your FWID, you may purchase a hunting licence and enter the limited entry-hunting draw.

Designated Agency

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) operates the CORE Program on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

CORE Examiners

CORE Examiners operate on their own schedules and are appointed under the Hunter Safety Training Regulation. The CORE Examiners provide the written exam and practical firearms handling exam.

CORE students should contact the CORE Examiners to inquire about CORE courses, or to make arrangements for a mutually agreeable time for exam challenges and testing. Please contact the examiner prior to 9:00 PM.


  • There is a $30.00 fee payable to the examiner for each of the two required tests (written and practical) or Examination retakes.

  • On successful completion of the two tests, an administration fee of $30.00 must be provided to the BCWF. The CORE student will forward this fee to the BCWF. A graduation certificate will be mailed to the student. If the administrative fee is paid by cheque please make it payable to the BC Wildlife Federation.

  • Core Examiners set their own fees for CORE courses. Students should ask what is included in the course fee.