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. Be an approved 4-H leader in your county through 4-H Online.
  2. Age 21 or older.
  3. National 4-H Shooting Sport Online training completed. (Only need to complete it once.)
  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

There are separate instructions for FIRST-TIME volunteers interested in becoming a 4-H certified leader and RETURNING 4-H leaders who are adding another discipline.  Please read all instructions in your respective area below before starting.

FIRST-TIME Certification Adults – Start Here:

  1. You must be an approved 4-H leader in your county before you can register for a shooting sports certification workshop. Contact your county 4-H office for information on becoming a 4-H leader through 4-H Online. (This process takes several weeks, please do not delay.)
  2. Then, complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports Online training with the instructions below.
  3. Use only a laptop or computer; some mobile phones are not compatible with the online system.
  4. Click here to access the National 4-H Shooting Sports online training:  https://4-hshootingsportscollege.com
  5. Click on “Clover Academy” which takes you to the payment screen.
  6. Make your $20 payment online with a credit card.
  7. Enter your email address and create a password.
  8. Provide your state, county, and contact information.
  9. Start your training. It will take about two hours to complete.  You may stop at any point. Just remember your password for access later to where you left off.
  10. Complete the training and print off your certificate. Your certificate is your receipt for reimbursement. Check with your county for their reimbursement policy (note: State Coordinator is notified of completion automatically when you complete the training).
  11. Once you complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports online training, you never have to complete it again. You may complete this National online training prior to becoming an approved 4-H leader.
  12. Registration: Go to 4-H Online and access your account. Approved leaders must register through 4-H Online by going to Events and selecting the Saturday certification workshop of choice. As mentioned in #1, you must be an approved 4-H leader through 4-H Online in your county to register for a certification workshop.
  13. If you currently are not an approved 4-H leaders in your county, contact your local County Extension Office to start your enrollment process. This will start your background check and VIP training; both are needed to become a 4-H leader and certified shooting sports instructor in your county.
  14. Important: During the 4-H Online application process to become a 4-H leader, you will receive via email a background check application from HireRight, you must complete and submit this form to keep your 4-H leader approval process moving forward.
  15. Attend a Saturday certification workshop.

Please note:  You must complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports online training and be an approved 4-H leader to attending a Saturday certification workshop.     

RETURNING Adults for an additional discipline – Start Here:

      1. Scroll down to register for a Saturday certification workshop.
      2. Attend a Saturday certification workshop.
      3. Be currently enrolled as a 4-H Shooting Sports leader. You must re-enroll with your County Extension office each year.

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.  Please proceed to use the instructions below to register for a workshop.

FIRST-TIME Those Wanting to Become a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader or Other Organization Affiliates

Create an account at 4-HOnline.  After your family account is created, you will need to add yourself as a member (select I want to participate in a 4-H activity, but I do NOT want to join 4-H at this time in the final steps of the member creation process).  After registering and completing payment for the event, we will connect with you regarding starting the enrollment process to become an approved 4-H leader, which includes a background check and VIP training.  Please do NOT start any 4-H enrollment until after your registration and payment are complete for the event.  Please click here and start on page 3 for instructions on creating your family profile, adding a member, and then registering for the certification workshop.  Please take special note of instructions regarding the payment process when registering.  After finishing your registration, you will be following instructions received in a confirmation email to complete payment through Extension Brown County.

RETURNING Approved 4-H Leaders: Log into your account at 4-H Online to register.  Please click here for instructions for registering for an event as an approved leader if needed.  Please take special note of instructions regarding the payment process when registering.  After finishing your registration, you will be following instructions received in a confirmation email to complete payment through Extension Brown County.

2021 Western Workshop

Date: Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Location: Eau Claire Area

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline: June 24, 2021

2021 Southeastern Workshop

Date: July 24, 2021 – 8AM to 5PM

Location: Walworth County – Archery at Walworth County Fairgrounds, Rifle & Pistol at Delavan Sportsmen’s Club

Disciplines: Archery, Pistol/Air pistol, Rifle/Air Rifle (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline/Information: July 17, 2021.

Must be an approved 4-H leader in your county to register.

Register by going to your family account on 4-HOnline and select Events.

2021 Central Workshop

Date: September 11, 2021 – 8AM to 5PM

Location: Wood County – Central Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Club, Marshfield.

Disciplines: Archery, Coordinator, Rifle/Air Rifle, Muzzleloader, Pistol/Air Pistol & Shotgun  (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline/Information: September 4, 2021

Must be an approved 4-H leader in your county to register.

Register by going to your family account on 4-HOnline and select Events.

2021 Southern Workshop

Date: TBD

Location: Lodi Area

Disciplines: Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle/Air Rifle, Pistol/Air Pistol, Shotgun (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline: TBD

2022 Eastern Workshop

Date: TBD

Location: Green Bay Area

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline:  TBD

2023 Northern Workshop

Date: TBD

Location: Phillips Area

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle (Must have 4 in each class to offer a discipline)

Registration Deadline: 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.

Support

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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