CORE Vancouver – Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education

To become a hunter, BC residents must complete the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education Program (CORE). The CORE program provides an overview of hunting laws, ethics, animal identification, and firearms safety.

EatWild is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive learning experience.  There is a lot to learn to be a safe, successful and ethical hunter.  We are here to help! 

The EatWild CORE class is delivered over seventeen hours of mandatory course requirements and testing.  This includes 16 hours of classroom and one hour of testing. This course includes the CORE exam fee. The exam will be held at the end of the second day.

EatWild offers free how-to-hunt videos and podcast lessons for additional learning and support. We encourage you to check out this content, as it will help you on your learning journey. 

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Additional Information

Eatwild offers much more than just your hunting license certification in our Core class. Unlike other core classes, Eatwild introduces you to how to be a successful hunter. We discuss where and how to find game in British Columbia. We introduce you to effective hunting techniques. Join us, and become part Eatwild community of ethical hunters.

You need the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course to get a hunting licence in BC. Once you finish the curriculum successfully you will apply to the BC Wildlife Federation who will issue you a CORE Certificate. Once you have your CORE Certificate, you can then apply to the Provincial Government for your BC Resident Hunter Number. Once you have been issued your Hunter Number, you can now buy BC Hunting Licenses. You will have your hunter number for life, and you will never have to go through this process again.

Cancellation Policy

Because of the limited number of seats and the cost of administering the class, we require all registered students to make every effort to attend so we can run a full class. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate refunds for cancellations within seven days of the class start date. Thank you for your support of this policy.


The tests is 75 multiple choice questions. It takes an average of 60 minutes for students to complete the test. If you take notes during class and complete the assigned readings you will do well on the exam. Less than 1% of the EatWild students have failed the exam. You can arrange with the instructor to rewrite the exam if you fall short of a passing grade.
Yes! If you have done the online course but need to sit the official test to get your Residential Hunter Card we provide testing sessions. For more information, schedule and registration click here.

Step 1: Complete the CORE class. After completing the exam, you will receive a signed Registration Form from your CORE instructor.
Step 2: Get your CORE Certificate. You must send or drop off the Registration Form at the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) office. The BCWF office will issue you a CORE certificate. There is a $30 processing fee that is paid to BCWF for this service.
Step 3: BC Resident Hunter Number Card (RHNC). Once you have received your CORE certificate, you will then need to take your CORE Certificate to the local service BC Service Center and request a RHNC. There is no cost for the RHNC. Before an RHNC is issued, you must prove that you are a BC resident and meet the minimum age requirements.
Step 4: Buy a hunting license. Show your RHNC at vendor that sell hunting licenses. They will issue you a hunting license and any required tags. To find a vender: click here

BCWF Office
101-9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC V4N 3M2

BC Service Center
175 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

The fastest way to get your hunting license after you completed the CORE course is to drop off your CORE completion paperwork in Surrey at the BCWF office. They will issue your CORE certificate while you wait. Then you’ll need to drive from Surrey over to the Service BC Center in Maple Ridge and they will issue you a hunter number (RHNC) and hunting license right away.

CORE Vancouver – Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education