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Notice: New Changes for Completing Your Hunter Education Certification in Colorado

June 30th was the last day for students 11 and older to register for the online only hunter education course ( 

Students 11 and older who registered on or before June 30th, 2021 and complete before September 30th, 2021 will earn their certification fully online. Official Colorado Hunter Education cards will be mailed to graduates automatically after course completion.

All new registrations on or after July 1st, 2021, regardless of age, will be required to attend an in-person conclusion class to earn a Hunter Education certificate. 

CPW has determined this exemption was necessary due to public health directives and protection of public health, safety and welfare. 

Alternately, students are encouraged to obtain an apprentice certificate that will allow them to put in for the draw and come back to our classes once Hunter Education courses resume.  

On March 30, 2020 the CPW Commission approved an emergency regulation that will allow an individual who has previously used an apprentice certificate but was unable to complete a standard hunter education course in 2020 with the opportunity to obtain a second apprentice certificate. 

Previous years' apprentice certificates will not be automatically renewed. Individuals will have to go to and add a new apprentice certificate into their profile before applying for the limited license big game draw. 

If you have additional questions, please email the most up-to-date information, see CPW's COVID-19 Response page.


​Hunter Education Program Updates

Colorado offers ​a Test-Out​ Option to traditional hunter ed, and an Apprentice Hunter Certificate​ program​

Note: These program updates only apply to individuals born on or after 1/1/1949 who do not have a hunter education card.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado law requires
that anyone born on or after January 1, 1949, complete an approved hunter education course before applying for or buying a Colorado hunting license. C​olo​rado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Courses, led by certified volunteer hunter education instructors and/or CPW staff, are offered throughout the state year-round.

Courses are offered in several formats:​ ​

  1. Traditional Classes - Students complete the course in a classroom setting that includes lectures, hands-on activities and videos.

  2. Internet Course + Conclusion Class - Students complete a portion of the course online at their convenience, and then attend a shorter class than required by the traditional course.

  3. Bowhunter Education Class - Bowhunter education is not a required course in Colorado, but is offered as an opportunity to learn additional skills.​​

Accommodations​ for Persons with Disabilities

If you need special accommodations as a result of a disability, please contact the Hunter Education Instructor or the Hunter Education Office at 303-291-7233 or 303-291-7470.

If you are hearing impaired and need Sign Language Interpretation, please download the Accommodations Form​ and send an e-mail to ​or a fax to 303-291-7113 to request the Hunter Education Interpreter(s).

Note: The hunter education team request that you contact us with at least 15 days notice prior to the event you wish to attend.

To learn more about how CPW provides opportunities to individuals with disabilities please see our Accessibility Page