Education & training for hunters

Hunter LEAP

Hunter LEAP (Learning, Education and Accreditation Program) is an education program for hunters, administered by the DPI Game Licensing Unit.

Through Hunter LEAP, the Department acknowledges the important role of hunter education and training in regulated hunting. Hunter LEAP ensures that individuals wanting to hunt on public land are suitably educated and that opportunities for hunter education are available to all NSW Game Hunting Licence holders.

The Game Licensing Unit is able to approve courses of training for hunters as well as accredit persons, clubs or associations to deliver approved courses. Organisations and their members and/or employees are encouraged to apply for accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Provider or Hunter LEAP Trainer to deliver these approved courses to their local community.

Become a firearm safety training instructor for DPI

Would your club or hunting industry business like to start 2017 with the ability to offer firearms safety training?

Need to know: Firearms & Hunting Safety (Long-arms) Course due for release early 2017. This course is approved by the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry to allow individuals to qualify for a NSW Firearms Licence.

Need to action: seek approval as a NSW Firearms Safety Instructor.

I'm already a Hunter LEAP Trainer I'm a new Hunter LEAP Trainer Clubs/ organisations

Download and print Form HL-F: Application to become a Hunter LEAP Firearms Safety Instructor.

Download and print Form HL-B: Application to become an accredited Hunter LEAP Trainer.

Download and print Form HL-A: Application to become an accredited Hunter LEAP Provider.

  1. Make sure to write your Trainer accreditation number at the top of the form.
  2. If you were approved to deliver the former Game Council's firearms course, simply provide your previous instructor number for verification.
  3. If you were not approved previously, download and print the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry Form P644: Application for a Firearms Safety Instructor (Longarms).
  4. Submit BOTH Form HL-L and Form P644 to the Education & Training Team for endorsement.
  1. You must be linked to a hunting club or organisation that has been accredited as a Hunter LEAP Provider.
  2. Fill in the form and provide the required supporting evidence, such as a Working with Children Check.
  3. Download and print the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry Form P644: Application for a Firearms Safety Instructor (Longarms).
  4. Submit BOTH Form HL-B and Form P644 to the Education & Training Team for endorsement.
  1. Before your organisation can access Hunter LEAP training material, including the Firearms & Hunting Safety (Long-arms) Course, you must seek accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Provider.
  2. Hunting clubs and hunting industry businesses may seek accreditation.
  3. Hunting clubs must first be an Approved Hunting Organisation.
  4. Once your organisation is accredited as a Provider, you may have individuals apply to become accredited Trainers for your organisation.

Do I need to fill in a P644?

If you've never been approved as a NSW Firearms Safety Instructor before, you'll need to fill in the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry Form P644: Application for a Firearms Safety Instructor (Longarms).

  1. You can fill in the form using your computer or manually by printing it first.
  2. Fill in sections A, B, C, D and E with your personal details.
  4. Sign and date your application in Section H.
  5. Send your completed form with your Hunter LEAP application to DPI for endorsement.
  6. We will complete the details in Section G on your behalf and submit to the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry.

Many clubs are eagerly awaiting this course release - to make sure you can start assessing as soon as it's released, get your paperwork in today.

For more information contact

Hunter LEAP (Learning, Education and Accreditation Program) identifier

About Hunter LEAP

Hunter LEAP is made up of four parts:

Primefact 1380 - Hunter LEAP summarises the program in printable format.

Hunters helping hunters

There are many different types of courses available for our Hunter LEAP Partners to deliver, but the most important one is the R-Licence Accreditation Course to help new hunters qualify for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence).

You can help us build a system of easy access and club participation by signing up to help new R-Licence applicants through delivery of the compulsory R-Licence Accreditation Course as well as other courses developed just for hunters.

Why sign up?

Here's just a few of the many reasons to sign-up to Hunter LEAP:

  • Access to best practice hunter education material that is structured to assist Trainers organise and present courses.
  • Hunter LEAP material is provided free-of-charge to partner organisations.
  • Opportunity to cost recover on training.
  • Delivering the R-Licence Accreditation Course leads to more club membership and more customers.
  • Provide more opportunities for club events and promotions.
  • A dedicated support team in Parramatta, especially for the Hunter LEAP network.

Hunter LEAP Providers

App lications are now invited from eligible organisations and businesses to become accredited Hunter LEAP Providers.

Hunter LEAP Providers can be either:

  1. Approved Hunting Organisations (AHOs), or
  2. hunting industry businesses.

Hunter LEAP Providers schedule training events and are responsible for ensuring that course material supplied by the Department is delivered according to the guidelines, procedures and standards in the Hunter LEAP Training Packages.

Providers nominate Hunter LEAP Trainers who deliver Hunter LEAP training material on behalf of their organisation.

Form HL-A - Application to become accredited as a Hunter LEAP Provider (PDF, 49.3 KB)

Hunter LEAP Trainers

Members (AHOs) or employees (hunting retailers) of Hunter LEAP Providers are invited to apply for accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Trainer.

Hunter LEAP Trainers are responsible for the delivery and assessment of Hunter LEAP courses on behalf of their Hunter LEAP Provider and were previously known as 'assessors'. Trainer applications must be supported by nomination from the Provider's official contact person.

The criteria for accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Trainer are:

  • have a current R-Licence or certification of completion of the mandatory component of the R-Licence Accreditation Course.
  • successfully pass a Working with Children Check (required with application)
  • successfully pass a Criminal History check (conducted by the Game Licensing Unit)
  • be a NSW Police approved firearms safety trainer (if the Trainer will deliver Firearms and hunting safety training only)
  • understand and abide by the contents of the Hunter LEAP Trainer's Guide: Training standards and techniques (to be released by March 2015).
Hunter LEAP Trainer's will receive:
  • access to the suite of available Hunter LEAP Training Packages.
  • access to Hunter LEAP material through an online extranet.
Form HL-B - Application to become accredited as a Hunter LEAP Trainer (PDF, 51.7 KB)

Hunter LEAP policy

The Hunter LEAP policy provides a framework for the management and delivery of education and training through Hunter LEAP. It sets out the minimum requirements for material the Department will issue to Providers and Trainers, the expectations for course delivery according to issued standards and guidelines, and how the Department will review Hunter LEAP Partners activities.

Policy - Hunter LEAP (Learning, Education and Accreditation Program) (PDF, 81.4 KB)

Hunter LEAP Training Packages

The following Hunter LEAP Training Packages will be available to registered Hunter LEAP Providers and Trainers later this year.

Each Training Package contains a detailed user guide as well as a range of templates and instructional material to assist in delivery of hunter education and training to Departmental standards.

Training Package


R-Licence qualification R-Licence Accreditation Course
Firearms safety training Firearms and Hunting Safety Training Course
Hunting technique short courses Bushcraft and survival
  Butchering game animals
  Calling and decoying foxes
  Caping, tanning and taxidermy
  Game animal anatomy and shot placement
  Hunting rabbits and hares
  Hunting wild dogs
  Identifying game and feral animals
  Introduction to deer hunting
  Mapping and navigation basics
  Navigation using GPS
  Scouting and hunting State forests in NSW
  Traditional archery
Hunting technique workshops Deer hunting
  Hunting feral pigs with dogs
  Game management

Hunter Education and Training Support Team

The Hunter Education and Training team located in Parramatta provides dedicated support to Hunter LEAP Partners.

The support team is available by phoning 02 9842 8350 or by emailing