Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I fail the Hunting Guide Exam?
You will not receive your Hunting Guide Certification. You may retry but after three unsuccessful attempts you will be required to pay again.
Is anyone "Grandfathered" and not required to take this competency exam?
No. All who wish to guide for big game must pass this exam.
Is there an age requirement for the competency exam?
Yes. You must be 18 years of age to write the exam.
When I click on the link for the study guide nothing happens or a black screen appears. Why?
Your internet browser may not be set to allow the viewing of PDFs. Click the back button, then right click on the link for the study guide, then click Save Target As. The study guide will be downloaded to your computer. You may then open the file with Adobe Acrobat or a simular PDF reader.
May I take the exam on my iPad, tablet or other mobile device instead of a PC or Mac?
The website has been tested with the latest versions of the following browsers: Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari for the Mac. It is compatible with these browsers when using a PC or Mac. Compatibility with other devices cannot be ensured.
How long is my Assistant Hunting Guide Certification Card valid?
You will only be required to take the exam once in your lifetime. The Assistant Hunting Guide Certification Card can be renewed every 5 years, as indicated by the expiry date on your card. Renewal is $50 CAD and can be done online by using your login.
Is my Assistant Hunting Guide Certification Card valid in other jurisdictions?
No. Your Assistant Hunting Guide Certification Card is only valid in British Columbia.
Is a photograph manditory?
No. The photograph is optional.
Once I have my Assistant Hunting Guide Certification Number, can I guide anywhere in BC?
Yes. You are not restricted to a region, but you must be employed by a licenced guide outfitter. Your employing licenced guide outfitter will provide written authorization. It is unlawful to guide hunters without a written authorization.
How many outfitters can I work for at one time?
You can work for as many BC outfitters at one time as you want. You will need to ensure you carry the appropriate written authorization with you while guiding.
How can I find employment as an assistant hunting guide?
The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) has two tools to help you find a job. At, you are able to browse Job Opportunities posted by members of the GOABC, and you are also able to submit your information for their review.
What happens if I lose my Hunting Guide Certification Card?
Replacement cards are available for $50 CAD. You will be required to answer security questions to verify your identity.
What if I need an oral version of the Hunting Guide Exam?
In the event that you require an oral version of the examination be administered, please contact the GOABC at
1-877-818-2688 to schedule an appointment during
regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM PST)
What is the Privacy Policy of the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia?
A copy of the Privacy Policy may be viewed at:
May I receive a refund after submitting payment for the exam?
The fee is non-refundable. A copy of the GOABC's Refund Policy viewed at: The GOABC's Refund Policy.