Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1

What is special about this course?

This 2 day course covers the 7 key aspects of deer management both practical and theoretical.

Entry requirements

All participants must hold appropriate insurance and must not be barred from holding a firearm. 

A Firearms Certificate is not required.

Some experience of working with deer is desirable, as well as a working knowledge of the British Deer Society Training Manual for Deer Stalkers.

  • Deer biology and ecology
  • Identification of deer species
  • Relevant legislation
  • Deer stalking
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Shooting

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

The course is a combination of theory and practical so expect classroom sessions and hill sessions.

How long will my course last?

2 Days

An introductory half day, plus 2 days over a weekend. Full attendance is essential.

Where can I study my course?

  • Auchtertyre
  • Broadford
  • Fort William
  • Gairloch
  • Kilchoan
  • Kinlochleven
  • Mallaig
  • Portree
  • Strontian
  • Ullapool

Start date

This course can be scheduled through any of our ten college centres depending on numbers. Call your local college centre for up to date information and to express your interest.

How much will my course cost?


The cost includes most materials and equipment.

What funding can I apply for?

If you already have a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account (ILA) then you can enrol on a course until 30 June 2017 as long as the course commences no later than 30 September 2017.

From October 2017, the scheme is being refreshed. For more information on how to apply for a new Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland, go to:

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could progress on to Deer Stalking Certificate Level 2

This qualification will put you in a better position if seeking work on a shooting estate.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

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