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NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 2022 Licensed Guide Exams Registration


Dear Licensed Guides and Guide Applicants:

Please take the time to read this registration in its entirety. Most of the questions you may have regarding the Licensed Guide Program will be answered below.

Guide license examinations for 2022 have been scheduled for:
  • February 4
  • March 5 (NYSOGA Winter Meeting only)
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 17
  • September 16
  • October 14
These examinations will be online with the exception of the March 5th date, which will be hosted by the New York State Outdoor Guides Association (NYSOGA) at their annual winter meeting.

This year, NYSOGA’s meeting will be held March 4-6, 2022 at the White Eagle Conference Center, Hamilton, NY (pending Covid restrictions). Various training seminars as well as First Aid, CPR and Water Safety certification courses will be offered at this meeting. Those interested in taking the exam on March 5th, must submit their registration  by c.o.b.  February 26th. Anyone interested in attending the First Aid, CPR or Water Safety classes must register directly with NYSOGA. For more information regarding the annual meeting, contact NYSOGA at 1-866-469-7642 or visit their website at

To apply for an exam, you must complete this registration in its entirety.

Registration for each exam will close one week before the exams. Registrations must be submitted by the registration deadline. There will be no exceptions.

The 2022 dates listed are the ONLY dates the examination will be scheduled. There will be no examinations given nor will any licenses be issued in person from the Albany office.

Valid first aid, CPR and water safety certifications are required for all guiding categories. These certifications are NOT required when registering to take the exam, however, proof of current certification must be provided before your guide license will be issued. Please submit your certifications along with your application after the exam. Due to COVID restrictions, we are temporarily suspending the restrictions on online classes. Until announced, we will accept online first aid and CPR courses. This exception will be lifted pending improvements to the COVID situation.  There is a list of acceptable courses available on the DEC website. If you are having difficulty in locating a Water Safety Course you may contact the Outdoor Guides Association at

Once you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation email informing you that your registration was received, and your exam link(s).  You will be responsible to take and pass the examination(s) for the category(s) in which you have applied on the exam day. The link will remain inactive until exam day. 

Upon successful completion of the examination(s), you must complete and submit your application and any required documentation and fees in order for your guide license to be issued to you. Licenses are valid for a period of five years from the date of issue.

A study outline can be found on the DEC Licensed Guide Program website, The Field Book, a reference book published by the Boy Scouts of America, is also recommended and can be found at any local library or book store.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 518-402-8985

The Special Licenses Unit

Please click the next button on the bottom of this page to begin your registration.