Leader Certification Training Workshops

Brown-County-archery-2015Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Leader may be certified in archery, coordinator, muzzleloader, pistol, rifle and shotgun disciplines. Leaders may only teach in the discipline in which they are certified. An adult leader cannot provide hands-on or safety instruction without a 4-H certified leader supervising the range.

Requirements for Attending an Adult Certification Workshop:

  1. Age 21 or older.
  2. Be an approved 4-H leader in your county through 4-H Online
  3. Complete National 4-H Shooting Sport Online training. (This one-time training is required for first-time volunteers only.)
  4. Register for a certification workshop of choice through 4-H Online and pay fee (only one certification can be obtained at a Saturday workshop)
  5. Attend the complete 8 hours of a Saturday certification workshop.

Leader Certification Process

Please review instructions outlined below for your respective leader classification. FIRST-TIME volunteers and RETURNING 4-H leaders who are adding another discipline certification have specific requirements.

In the future, a Wisconsin online update training may be required when changes in policies and procedures occur.

To successfully complete the activities, please use a laptop or computer; some mobile phones are not compatible with the online system.

FIRST-TIME Certification Adults – Start Here:

You must complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports online training and be an approved 4-H leader to attend a Saturday shooting sports certification workshop.    

  1. County 4-H leader approval is needed before you can register for a shooting sport certification workshop. As this process can take several weeks, please do not delay in contacting your county 4-H office for the steps to become a 4-H leader through 4-H Online.
    1. Important: During the 4-H Online application process, you will receive via email a background check application from  Please complete and submit as directed.
    2. A background check, VIP, and mandated reporter training all must be completed before becoming an approved 4-H leader and certified shooting sports instructor in your county.
  2. Complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports Online Training using the instructions outlined here. Note: National 4-H Shooting Sports Online Training can be completed prior to receiving the county 4-H leader approval.
    1. Click here to access the National 4-H Shooting Sports online training:  https://4-hshootingsportscollege.com
    2. Click on “Clover Academy” which takes you to the payment screen.
    3. Make your $20 payment online with a credit card.
    4. Enter your email address and create a password.
    5. Provide your state, county, and contact information.
    6. Start your training. Please allot two hours to complete.  If you need to stop during the training, you will be able to save and access later using the password you created.
    7. Complete the training and print off your certificate. This certificate is your receipt for training fee reimbursement. Check with your county for their reimbursement policy.
  3. The State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator will be notified of your training completion automatically from National 4-H.
  4. Registration for Saturday Workshop: Once you have received notification you are an approved county 4-H leader, you will be able to register for a Saturday workshop on 4-H Online. Register by accessing your account on 4-H Online, selecting Events and then selecting a Saturday certification workshop.  If you try to register and the event is not active for you, please contact your local County Extension Office to check the status of your enrollment process.
  5. Attend a Saturday certification workshop.

RETURNING Adults for an additional discipline – Start Here:

  1. Be currently enrolled as a 4-H Shooting Sports leader. You must re-enroll with your County Extension office each year.
  2. Scroll down to find a Saturday certification workshop.
  3. Log into your account at 4-H Online to register for the workshop.  Please click herefor instructions for registering for an event as an approved leader if needed.
  4. Attend a Saturday certification workshop.

Please note:  In the future, a Wisconsin online update training may be required when changes in policies and procedures occur.

Saturday Certification Schedule

To Register for a Certification Workshop, scroll down to find a Saturday workshop you would like to attend and then log into your 4-H Online account to register.

2022 East Central Workshop, Shawano, WI (Registration open)

Date: January 22, 2022

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Discipline: Archery

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2022

Location: Butch’s Archery, N2885 Pioneer Road, Clintonville, WI


2022 Southeastern Workshop, West Bend, WI (Registration open)

Date: February 5, 2022

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Pistol/Air Pistol

Registration Deadline: January 29, 2022

Location: Washington County Fair Park, 3000 County Hwy PV, West Bend, WI

2022 Eastern Workshop, Green Bay, WI (Registration open March 1, 2022)

Date: April 30, 2022

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2022

Location: New Franken Sportsmen’s Club, 281 N New Franken Rd, New Franken, WI

2022 Western Workshop, Eau Claire, WI (Registration open March 1, 2022)

Date: May 21, 2022

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Registration Deadline: May 14, 2022

Location: Rifle & Shotgun – 8AM report to Eau Claire Rod & Gun Club, 801 Schoettl Ave, Eau Claire, WI

Location: Archery8AM report to Mouldy’s Archery, 2863 South Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls, WI


2022 Central Workshop, Marshfield, WI (Registration open August 1, 2022)

Date: September 17, 2022

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Disciplines: Archery, Coordinator, Muzzleloader, Pistol/Air Pistol, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2022

Location: Central Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Club,  11841 Stadt Rd, Marshfield, WI 54449

2023 Southern Workshop,  (TBD)  

(Need to locate a facility in southwestern WI to offer certification workshops. If you have a location, contact: douglas.thompson@wisc.edu)

2023 Northern Workshop, Phillips. WI (TBD)   

Date: TBD

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Registration Deadline: TBD

Location: TBD

Multi-County Workshops

Two or more neighboring counties may request a local certification workshop.

Contact the State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator for details.

For questions and concerns please contact Doug Thompson at 920-391-4657, douglas.thompson@wisc.edu  if you are registering after the deadline please call Doug to confirm your registration.


Special thanks are extended to the Wisconsin Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation,  MidwayUSA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Federal Cartridge, Friends of the NRA, and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation for making these certification training sessions possible.

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