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Licensed Outdoor Guide


A licensed outdoor guide directs, instructs and aids client(s) in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting and canoeing, or rock and ice climbing.

Licensing Requirements

Applicants must file an application with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (ENCON). The latest information and requirements for outdoor guide licensure are available on the New York State Environmental Conservation Department's Office of Public Protection website at:

Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.


All guides must have current American Red Cross (ARC), or an approved equivalent, for standard first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and water safety certification. Whitewater canoeing guides must have basic river canoeing instructor certification for open canoes, or must have river kayaking instructor certification for kayak and covered canoes.

Examination Requirements

The examination is a written, multiple-choice test given at least four times a year at selected ENCON field offices. A score of 70 percent is passing. If applicants fail, they can take a second exam for no additional fee.

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Public Protection-Forest Rangers
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-2560
Phone: (518) 402-8838

Standard Occupational Classification

39-7011- Tour Guides and Escorts
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 10/31/12.

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