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Official New Zealand Bowhunter Safety Course

Take this New Zealand–approved course to complete your online bowhunter safety education. Bowhunter-ed.com is a delegated provider for the New Zealand Game Animal Council.

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Get bowhunter certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $30.00 USD course.

  2. Finish any other requirements.

  3. Get ready to go bowhunting!

Do you need New Zealand Bowhunter education?

New Zealand does not require bowhunter education.

New Zealand Game Animal Council Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You must be a resident of New Zealand to take the online course.

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What to Expect From Bowhunter Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe bowhunting practices.

Watch this 67-second sample to see how we put you in the bowhunter’s camo.

Comprehensive Instruction in New Zealand Bowhunter Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Bowhunter safety education established by New Zealand. Bowhunter Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Bowhunter laws and regulations.

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New Zealand Game Animal Council–Approved Content

As a course provider approved by the New Zealand Game Animal Council, this online course covers everything a new bowhunter may need to know in order to be safe while bowhunting.

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Learn Your Way on Any Device

Bowhunter Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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New Zealand Approved

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New Zealand Game Animal Council
1209 Hinemaru Street
PO Box 1715 Rotorua 3040

Made in North America

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

How do I get my Bowhunter safety license?

Bowhunter education is currently required in many countries. An approved Bowhunter safety course is required to comply with the laws and regulations in those jurisdictions. Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Online Completion Certificate. For more information, see the New Zealand Bowhunter Laws and Regulations page.

Did you lose your certificate? Replace it here.

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New Zealand Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the New Zealand Bowhunter cost?

The New Zealand Bowhunter fee is $30.00 USD.

Taking the Course

Do you need New Zealand Bowhunter education?

New Zealand does not require bowhunter education.

How long will it take to complete the course?

Typically it takes about 3 hours to go through the online course, excluding any quizzes and/or exams and restudying that you may choose to do.

What is the minimum age to take the New Zealand Bowhunter?

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the New Zealand Bowhunter?

You must be a resident of New Zealand to take the online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the New Zealand Bowhunter Ed Course approved by the New Zealand Game Animal Council?

The New Zealand Bowhunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by the New Zealand Game Animal Council.

Is my New Zealand Online Completion Certificate accepted elsewhere?

All U.S. states, provinces, and other countries that have mandatory bowhunter education requirements will accept the New Zealand Online Completion Certificate. Likewise, New Zealand will accept Bowhunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the permanent New Zealand Online Completion Certificate?

The Online Completion Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. This certificate is your permanent certificate and allows you to legally purchase a bowhunting license or permit where required.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Online Completion Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost or destroyed Online Completion Certificate, log in to the course and print a new one.

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