The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to regulatory changes that will enable the agency to implement improvements to the hunter education replacement training certificate process by providing for online fulfillment capabilities.

“These proposed changes will provide for future hunter education program flexibility, which will result in a significant improvement to customer service,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Once implemented, hunters will have the ability to reprint a certificate of hunter education from a third-party vendor for a fee.”

Roe noted that, as envisioned, the agency would contract with a third-party company to implement a fully-automatic online system so that a hunter who took the course since 1987 could download a replacement card for a fee paid to the vendor, 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week.

For those who were certified prior to 1987, there still would be a certification process, but this could be done online, 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week, too.

“We believe that this will result in a significant improvement to customer service, and certainly help hunters who find themselves in need of securing a certification card quickly,” Roe said.

Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education course records dating back to 1987 are maintained on a computer database. Presently, if a hunter loses their certification card, they need to contact the agency’s Hunter-Trapper Education Division for assistance in obtaining a replacement certificate. If you a hunter took the course before 1987, the individual must complete a Hunter Education Program Replacement Certificate Affidavit form, sign it and have it notarized before it is returned to the Hunter-Trapper Education Division. Replacement certificates are usually mailed in 10 to 14 days upon receipt of an application, and there is a $10 fee for issuing a replacement certificate.

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