New! The revised and relaunched R-Licence Accreditation Course is available now. Study online or contact your local Hunter LEAP Trainer.
Note: if you hold a current R-Licence, you do not need to complete this course.
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Before you can apply for a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) to hunt on public land, you must complete some training and be a member of an approved hunting club. This helps ensure hunters are responsible, competent and have a heightened awareness of legislation, public safety and animal welfare.
Completing the R-Licence Accreditation Course, part of the Hunter LEAP education and training program, satisfies the adequate training requirements for individuals who seek to hunt on public land in NSW.
Between 2014 and 2023, NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders were required to complete some additional training before they were given access to book a written permission to hunt on public land.
The additional training is now included in the R-Licence Accreditation Course, so new licence holders do not need to complete any extra steps. However, existing R-Licence holders who do not have access to the booking system yet, as well as individuals who completed the old course but didn't apply for a licence, must take some steps to complete the training before Thursday 30 November 2023.
The additional training is a short video that covers important information all R-Licence holders must know before hunting on public land, including:
You can complete the additional training by logging in to online licence holder services with your licence number and password. Then select 'Watch the public land hunting tutorial' from the menu.
Once you have watched the tutorial, complete the declaration. You will then have access to book a written permission and will not need to complete the new R-Licence Accreditation Course before renewing.
If you don't know your security PIN, use the 'Forgotten PIN' link or contact DPI Hunting on 02 6363 7650.
If you have already completed the additional training, you do not need to take any action.
If you have not completed the additional training, please watch the public land hunting tutorial, and complete the declaration before Thursday 30 November 2023.
If you would like to renew your Game Hunting Licence at some point in the future, please note:
If you completed the old course but didn't apply for an R-Licence, you should apply for the licence no later than 10 November 2023 to allow for our 20 day processing time. If your licence is approved, this will give you time to complete the additional training before the cut-off date on 30 November.
Please ensure this is completed before the due date or you will be required to complete the new R-Licence Accreditation Course before DPI Hunting can process your licence.
Mandatory training for the Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) has been redeveloped to provide hunters with more comprehensive and relevant education about regulated hunting in NSW.
Revised in 2022, the new R-Licence Accreditation Course allows applicants to complete training online, at their own pace and in their own time, or in-person with a Hunter LEAP Trainer.
Whether you study online or through a trainer, the course exams continue to be multiple-choice, with participants able to refer to the Hunter Education Handbook or online study guide as they proceed (open-book).
'Open-book' exams assess your ability to think critically and creatively, not your ability to memorise and recall facts, skills that are important for public land hunters.
You can now choose how to complete the course depending on your preferred learning style: online, at your own pace and in your own time, or in-person with a Hunter LEAP Trainer. There are advantages to face-to-face training, such as a peer-based learning environment, practical application of learning and mentorship opportunities. However, it is sometimes hard to find a local trainer or find an appropriate time and place to meet for training.
Trainers can choose whether to run the course using paper-based materials, or to facilitate the online course to a group of people
Do you prefer to learn on your own? Or in a tailored learning environment with expert guidance? The choice is now yours.
The new R-Licence Accreditation Course, which incorporates the additional training as well as information specific to the public land hunting program, may take up to four hours to complete.
This time is reduced if you are able to study the Hunter Education Handbook before attempting the test.
Each page of the online course is narrated, allowing individuals who prefer auditory learning to hear rather than read the course content. The narration may be muted on each page and you may skip topics you’re already familiar with, further reducing the time.
The online R-Licence Accreditation Course fee is $40. It is the same fee whether you choose to complete one or three of the hunting method sections. DPI Hunting recommends you complete all three, if you have the time.
Hunter LEAP Providers are able to charge a fee for the Accreditation Course so they may recover their expenses. Please check the fee directly with your Provider before attempting the course.
This fee is in addition to the fee required with an R-Licence application.
Applicants requiring assistance in reading and comprehending the Hunter Education Handbook, assessment questions and other important information should emailing DPI Hunting first via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 1: Compulsory learning - NSW Hunter Education Program
Section 1 contains compulsory learning that covers the basic knowledge required to be a safe, ethical and responsible hunter on public land.
The final exam comprises 40 multiple-choice questions and you may refer to the Hunter Education Handbook or online study guide as you find the answers.
You must receive a score of 95% to pass Section 1.
Section 2: R-Licence categories
There are three hunting methods permitted to be used when hunting on public land in NSW:
These methods are referred to as ‘R-Licence categories’. While the new course combines categories Firearms (rifles and shotguns) and Blackpowder firearms, these will continue to be printed as separate categories on a licence card.
To use any of these hunting methods on public land, you must first become accredited for the relevant category by completing one or more training modules in Section 2 of the course. You can choose to complete any combination of the R-Licence categories; however they must complete at least one.
It's important to choose your categories carefully as you may only hunt using the methods you are accredited for. For example, if you do not choose the Hunting with Dogs category, your licence will not permit you to hunt with a dog. You may add categories at a later time, however you may need to pay the course fee again.
At the end of each category, you must successfully complete the assessments, achieving a pass mark of 90% per method.
Note: Use of firearms on public land
An R-Licence can be used a genuine reason to apply for a Firearms Licence in NSW and the ACT. Residents of other states should check with their local issuing authority.
This means applicants may attempt the R-Licence hunting method ‘Hunting with Firearms (Rifles, Shotguns, Blackpowder)’ and be licensed for that method, even if they do not hold a firearms licence. However, firearms cannot be used without a current Firearms Licence issued by a relevant state authority.
If you don’t achieve the required pass mark for any section, you will be asked to study the Hunter Education Handbook and reattempt the accreditation course at a later date.
NSW Restricted (Guide) Game Hunting Licence applicants will only be able to guide others in the categories they are accredited for (ie, if your licence only has the category of firearms, you will be unable to guide a bowhunter).
NSW Restricted (Commercial) Game Hunting Licence applicants may only hunt using the categories of firearms and dogs.
However - if applicants intend to use their licence for standard hunting as well, they may seek accreditation for bows.