Hunter Ed Instructors Report New Online Curriculum Better Prepares Them to Teach
ESTES PARK, Colo. –-(Ammoland.com)- With turkey season and big game application draws right around the corner, now is a great time to take the new IHEA Online Instructor Curriculum and share your passion for hunting.
The web-based format fits the busy lifestyle of volunteers seeking to become certified or recertified hunter education instructors.
Hunter education instructors are finding the new online training, developed by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), is an excellent tool for teaching the next generation of hunters to be safe and responsible.Curriculum – Treestand
“My volunteer instructors have commented on how critical this program was to understanding and delivering an effective program,” said Tony Legg, state hunter education and range coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. “This training offers the flexibility to meet the needs of every instructor because it's self-paced, interactive, supportive and easy to follow. Even without a computer in every home, today's libraries, work, school, friends, relatives, and our own department offices offer access to this training.”
Legg, who has 1,400 volunteer instructors across Missouri, said a myriad of factors impair his ability to recruit and train hunter education instructors. However, having the flexibility of online training helps overcome challenges such as dwindling budgets, fuel costs, travel time, manpower costs, limited personal time, family obligations, and varying learning paces.
According to Legg, the online training option also better prepares his instructors to be active and effective.
“When you recruit a new instructor and they come to initial training, they really do not know what to expect,” Legg said. “After all the manpower, materials, administrative time and issuing of instructor items, to have the instructor candidate never teach a course or drop out of the program is damaging to all levels of the program. Instructors who have taken the online training understand the techniques of proper program delivery and what the expectations are. This preparation leads to less waste and more savings in all areas. Plus, it decreases the amount of traditional classroom training time and results in higher retention of recruited instructor candidates.”
The new online curriculum helps volunteer instructors learn how to create an exciting classroom and use positive communications techniques. It also explains how to teach according to students' various learning styles and manage the classroom so it's a productive learning environment. Developed in partnership with Remington Outdoor Foundation, this online training features lessons that combine photos, animation, video and narration offering expert advice.
“Our veteran instructors also expressed positive comments on how the online training offered them a great dose of techniques they had forgotten or were never presented with,” Legg said. “The said they felt it would truly improve their students' training experience. “
The more than 70,000 volunteer Instructors in North America are the backbone of the Hunter Education Program. The new online training can help recruit and retain active volunteers by allowing them to conveniently receive or renew their certification.
To take the course as an individual and help uphold the future of hunting, visit www.IHEAtraining.com. This 90-minute multi-media curriculum is available for $25/person. For an additional $5 you also can receive a discounted one-year membership to IHEA and help support safe and responsible hunting. This is a one-time offer for new members only.
Wildlife agencies, sportsmen's groups and conservation organizations interested in certifying or re-certifying hunter education instructors can purchase multiple online curriculum access codes for distribution to qualified candidates by purchase order or credit card. Access codes are provided upon confirmation of payment. A minimum purchase of 25 training sessions is required. These access codes do not expire and can be used from one year to the next.
For more information or to purchase online curriculum access codes contact Paige Russell at [email protected] or 336-548-8936.
About International Hunter Education Association (IHEA)
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) is the professional association forIHEA the 69 member agencies and the 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, South Africa and New Zealand. For more information, visit IHEA at www.ihea.com.
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