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CARE Instructor Resources

How to Become a CARE Instructor

CARE instructor stocking trout The CARE program relies on volunteer Instructors to accomplish our goal of creating  knowledgeable, successful, environmentally conscious fishermen and women! Since 1986, over 750 citizens have been certified as CARE fishing Instructors and gone on to teach introductory level fishing classes around the state. CARE volunteer Instructors are involved with teaching thousands of participants each year through a variety of fishing classes and events. CARE Instructors are stewards of our environment that enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of fishing with others. We are always seeking new Instructors to join our volunteer ranks. If you enjoy the outdoors and are interested in sharing your love of fishing, please consider joining the CARE family as a volunteer fishing Instructor!

The process to become a Certified CARE instructor involves the following steps:

  1. Call the CARE Center at 860-663-1656 and speak to Justin Wiggins (CARE coordinator) or email at
  2. Complete and submit a CARE Instructor Application.
  3. NOTE: You must pass a State Police background check.
  4. Take the New Instructor Training Certification class (offered each winter and summer).
  5. Volunteer at a CARE Special Fishing Event or schedule and lead an Introduction to Fishing course for your community!

Once certified you will be encouraged and supported by CARE staff and your fellow CARE Instructors as you teach learn to fish classes and events! 

Resources for Current CARE Instructors

Certified CARE Instructors can download and review PowerPoint Presentations, videos, class agendas, and more:

Instructor Reports

Introduction to Fishing course materials

Ice fishing class materials

Care Reports

Content last updated July 2021.