There are four Mandatory Safety Education Programs: Boating, Hunting, Trapping, and Snowmobiling.
Classes are FREE and taught by Volunteer Instructors at various times throughout the year.
The programs are primarily designed to train young people between the ages of 12 and 18. The educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. However we encourage persons of all ages to participate in the programs.
All Mandatory Safety Education classes require minimum hours of instruction by law. The primary objectives of the Mandatory Safety Education Program are to teach user responsibility, respect, and safety.
State certified volunteer instructors throughout the state spend hours teaching boating, hunter, trapper and snowmobile safety education classes. The volunteer instructor staff is made up of men and women who donate thousands of hours of their personal time offering safety courses to many communities. These dedicated individuals form the backbone of the Safety Education Programs.
Unless specifically directed by the instructor or announced publicly, the only items you will need to bring are a pencil and a note pad. Manuals and handouts are provided free by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Mere attendance of a safety education training and taking a written test will not guarantee the passing of this course. Multiple criteria such as mental and physical acuity, the ability to demonstrate and recognize safe procedures, attitude and the maturity level of each individual student will be a factor assessed by the instructors in the final certification process.
Students are required to complete a final written exam on their own abilities, without assistance from parents or guardians, unless other arrangements have been discussed and agreed upon with the class instructors.
E-mail: DNR.SafetyEd@illinois.govPhone: 217-557-9206Toll-free: 800-832-2599
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