Education and training for hunters is provided through the Hunter Learning, Education and Accreditation Program (LEAP), administered by NSW DPI Hunting.
Ongoing education and training is an important part of regulated hunting in NSW. Hunter LEAP ensures that individuals seeking to hunt on public lands are suitably educated and that opportunities to improve skills and learn new techniques are available to all NSW Game Hunting Licence holders.
NSW DPI approves courses of training for hunters and accredits persons, clubs or associations to deliver approved courses.
Hunter LEAP Providers and their nominated Trainers can deliver accredited training as well as short courses and workshops.
Current training you may complete by contacting a Hunter LEAP Partner
|Name of course||Description|
|Accredited training (licence pre-qualification)|
|R-Licence Accreditation Course||A mandatory accreditation course for the purpose of completing adequate training for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (can also be completed online)|
|Firearms & Hunting Safety (Long-arms) Course||An accreditation course that satisfies the training requirements for NSW and ACT Firearms Licence applicants|
|Introduction to public land hunting||A comprehensive short course that guides new R-Licence holders through booking a hunt and entering a State forest to hunt for the first time|
|Making a successful shot|
|Sighting in your rifle scope|
|Fallow deer ecology and hunting techniques|
|Caping for a shoulder mount|
|Safe game meat harvest program|
|Non-commercial Kangaroo Shooters Best Practice Guide|
If you are seeking to complete a hunter education course provided through Hunter LEAP, you should contact your local club or organisation directly.
Hunter LEAP is made up of four parts:
You can help us build a network for easy access to education and increased participation in hunting clubs by asking your organisation to become a Hunter LEAP Provider and registering as a Hunter LEAP Trainer.
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).
Here's just a few of the many reasons to sign-up to Hunter LEAP:
Eligible hunting organisations and businesses are invited to become accredited Hunter LEAP Providers.
Hunter LEAP Providers can be either:
Hunter LEAP Providers plan and schedule training events, then deliver course material that is supplied by the Department. Providers nominate Hunter LEAP Trainers who present Hunter LEAP training material on behalf of their organisation.
Hunter LEAP Providers must ensure their Trainers deliver the course material according to DPI guidelines, procedures and standards for Hunter LEAP Training Packages.
Form HL-A - Application to become accredited as a Hunter LEAP Provider (PDF, 42.83 KB)
Members or employees 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. Trainer applications must be supported by a nomination from the Provider's official representative.
To qualify for accreditation as a Hunter LEAP Trainer, you must:
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)
The Hunter Education and Training team located in Parramatta provides dedicated support to Hunter LEAP Partners.
The support team is available by emailing email@example.com