Successful completion of the CORE Hunter Education course is required to obtain your Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID). This is a passport to hunting services in British Columbia. You need a FWID to buy a hunting licence or to apply for Limited Entry Hunting.
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Anyone over the age of 16 who takes a course with Silvercore which either enables them to work or improves their skills in a recognized occupation may be eligible to claim their course fees under the education and textbook tax credits. Contact us for your T2022A tax form and check out Canada Revenue for further information
The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) Program is British Columbia's Hunter Education Program. It is also a great program for anyone interested in outdoor recreation.
The CORE Program consists of a practical firearms handling test, and a written examination on all of the following subjects:
- Outdoor ethics and game care
- Firearm handling and archery equipment
- Hunting regulations
- Animals of British Columbia
- Birds of British Columbia
- Outdoor survival, first aid & field craft
- Hunter heritage, conservation and wildlife management
The CORE Manual and the Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis are the resource manuals used to learn these subjects.
The Examination Process
Prior to starting the examinations, the CORE Examiner will have you complete a registration form. Until both exams have been successfully completed, the registration form may be kept by the student to be shown to an examiner each time an examination is taken, otherwise the record of the successful completion of a test may be lost.
Two Tests Required
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 (75%) in order to pass the written examination. Supplemental information from the CORE Manual is not tested.
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 21 out of 27 is required for a pass. The examiner will provide the firearms.
Individuals who have satisfactorily completed the Canadian Firearm Safety Course (CFSC) need not complete the CORE practical firearm-handling examination.
If you are interested in taking the two courses to both own firearms and to get a BC resident hunter number, Silvercore recomends taking the firearms licensing course (CFSC/CRFSC) course first then the Core Hunter Education Course.
A Possession Only Licence (POL) is NOT acceptable for the exemption to the CORE practical firearms handling exam.
CORE Programs Coordinator: With the implementation of Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, the CFSC will now be converting valid POL licenses to PAL licenses, which took effect September 2, 2015. As such, for the purpose of the Practical Exam exemption, the Ministry has advised that CORE Examiners will no longer be able to accept the PAL as proof of completing the CFSC since the CFSC will be grandfathering in all those who hold a POL (whom did not have to take the CFSC to get a POL).
Currently what will be accepted for CORE practical exam exemption is a copy of the students’ CFSC completed and passed course report. If the student does not have a copy of their CFSC report, they will have to get confirmation from the CFSC if they wish to be exempt from taking the CORE practical firearms test.
If you have successfully completed your CFSC with Silvercore, advise us ahead of time and we will take care of the necessary proof of course completion so that you may be exempt from the practical testing.