Each recruit must complete in-depth training to become a fish and wildlife officer.

Our training program for fish and wildlife officer recruits – the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy – is paid, comprehensive and designed for you.

The program runs for 16 weeks at the Hinton Training Centre in Hinton, Alberta. It’s led by instructors from across Western Canada who use innovative techniques to deliver a first-class learning experience.

We give you a structured learning environment that gets you job-ready and instills the pride and professionalism that comes with being a fish and wildlife officer.

Classroom and field experience

Our instructors guide you – in the classroom and field – through these subjects:

  • emergency vehicle operation – ATV, 4x4
  • emergency boat operation
  • firearms – pistol, rifle, shotgun
  • swift-water rescue
  • human-wildlife conflict
  • physical conditioning
  • ethics
  • water and ice safety
  • use of force / self-defence
  • note taking and report writing
  • investigations
  • drill / ceremony
  • interviewing and interrogating
  • multiculturalism

Note: During training, you must successfully complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test twice.

On-the-job training

After you successfully complete the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy training program, you’ll return to your district and work under a field training officer for 12 months. This gives you vital operational experience.