Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688
This MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2014. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.
Participants will learn about MI 4-H shooting sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.
Simply attending this workshop does not guarantee that you will receive certification as a MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor. In addition to attending the entire workshop, participants must
- pass a written test administered at the workshop
- be approved as “qualified and safe” by the instructor teaching their discipline
- complete and submit the MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification/Recertification Application within 90 days after the workshop.
- AND successfully complete the four (4) on-line “Volunteer e-learning Course” modules. These take about 20 minutes each to complete. All participants must complete these modules PRIOR to the workshop unless they attended the workshop and completed all four modules in 2013. Modules can be found at: http://4h.wsu.edu/volunteertraining/. Instructions and passwords for logging in and completing the modules can be found at: http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/resources/4_h_volunteer_e_learning_course_instructions.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you enter “shooting sports” next to your county name (ex. Ingham Shooting Sports). This will be what cues the system to send notification of completion of modules to the state 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator. Without this verification PRIOR to the workshop you may not be able to attend and those on the waiting list who have completed their modules will be given the opportunity to participate.
Support for this workshop is provided by The Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation.