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CORE Hunter Education
  • December 15 (Sat)09:30 - 16:00
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  • January 13 (Sun)09:30 - 16:00
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If you’re looking to get a hunting licence in British Columbia, this is the course for you. Successful completion of the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course is a Provincial requirement to obtain a Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID). This FWID number is needed to purchase hunting licenses, tags or apply for Limited entry Hunting in BC.

Designed with the novice outdoor enthusiast in mind, our BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) approved CORE course (and optional online preparation course) covers everything from hunting regulations and animal identification to the safe handling of Non-restricted firearms (long guns). Our hunter education program gives you the best preparation possible for the Provincial hunters exam which is administered on day 2. The exam includes a 75 question multiple-choice test and a practical firearms handling test.

This course includes

  • Outdoor ethics and game care.
  • Firearm handling and archery equipment.
  • Hunting regulations.
  • Animals of British Columbia.
  • Birds of British Columbia.
  • Outdoor survival, first aid and field craft
  • Hunter heritage, conservation and wildlife management.
  • How to use the Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis.
  • BCWF Registration Form.
  • Written and practical examinations.

Course fee

  • Only $195 CAD + tax (includes exam).
    (Optional online preparation course $59)

Exemption from the practical test

If you have already taken the CFSC you can be exempted from the practical examination of the CORE, but must be able to supply your CFSC Course Report as proof. If you’re a previous student of Silvercore, we’ll automatically check our records to see if you can be exempted and will mark the class list for the instructor accordingly. Please note that a valid PAL (gun license) is NOT accepted as proof for exemption for the practical test as per BCWF regulations.

Silvercore is approved and recognized by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

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.

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  • Age 10+ (written consent from parent/legal guardian required for minors)


  • Writing material
  • Valid course report for exception of practical test (see exemption details elsewhere on this page).


Q: Do you offer the CORE course Combined with the CFSC / PAL course?

No. This practice is frowned upon by the BCWF. Additionally, the RCMP has clear policies against combining the CFSC/CRFSC with other courses, such as the CORE Hunter Education Course. If a PAL course and CORE course were to be instructed/tested on overlapping days, there would be a risk that your paperwork/license could be deemed invalid, even at a later time. Silvercore therefore refrains from this practice.

Q: What mark do I need to pass the exam?

In order to pass the written portion of the exam you will need at least a score of 56 out of a possible 75 or at least 75%. You will need at least a score of 21 out of a possible 27 to pass the practical firearms handling examination.

Q: How soon will I find out if I have passed?

The CORE Examiner will advise you right away if you have passed or failed and if you pass you will receive proof of that with a BC Wildlife Registration Form.

Q: How do I get my Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID)?

If you pass,  you will receive your BCWF Registration form which you can either mail into the BCWF or walk into their office during their regular business hours and pay a $30.00 fee to obtain a certificate of completion. With that certificate of completion, you can go into a Service BC  to have them set your FWID up for you. Or you can go onto the BC government website here and create a Basic BCeID to set up your  FWID. This can take a couple business days to have completed as they need to verify your ID online (you’ll need to upload one piece of government-issued photo ID. There is no fee to set up a FWID and this allows you to purchase hunting tags and apply for Limited Entry Hunting.

Student Testimonials

“Thoroughly enjoyed course. I have done some hunting back in the midwest of the US where I am from, but this taught me so much more about local laws, regulations, and the wildlife that is super necessary for BC. Also, quite hilarious and more fun than I expected.”
- Geoff
“Great course & Instructor. Learned alot in 2 days!”
- Albert
“Really good Instructor. Very good examples and clear explanations. ”
- Fengyang
“Excellent instruction, very interesting background information and overview of hunting in BC.”
- James
“Great course and great instructor!”
- Will
“The instructor did an amazing job teaching the CORE Hunter Education Course. His knowledge and experience as a hunter made the course even more enjoyable .”
- Cyril
“The Course was great, Instructor was great and supported you through the entire course. Really pleased.”
- Trent
“Awesome course, the instructor provided a positive learning environment and happily answered questions without making you feel silly for being wrong or confused.”
- Evangeline
“Good course. Nice to have an instructor with broad experience of hunting, firearms and law enforcement.”
- Bryan
“The instructor was pretty fun, a lot of information and knowledge, it was pretty interesting”
- wesley
“Very interesting!!! Two thumbs up! I enjoyed it very much!”
- Nicole
“Simply great! Loved it! Lots of important information provided in a professional and enjoyable manner.”
- Mihai
“Fantastic presentation. Took time to ensure all students understood course material. Very well presented in a positive fashion.”
- Dustin
“The Instructor was a great teacher and very engaging.”
- Brandon
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
“Good overview of general concepts and species identification. ”
- Alic
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