Waterfowl ID Training & Testing

To obtain a permit to participate in South Australia’s duck open hunting season, you must successfully complete a Waterfowl Identification Test. This test is for hunters to demonstrate that they can identify waterbirds and each bird’s conservation status to ensure the right species are targeted.

The test is conducted by the Department for Environment and Water.


CHASA provides comprehensive training in waterfowl identification to enable intending duck hunters to sit their Waterfowl Identification Test with confidence.

Courses are run on a regular basis before and during the hunting season, and are subject to demand.

The course costs $65, which covers tuition and all training literature including printed reference material and videos. Training normally takes place after hours.

To attend CHASA’s waterfowl identification training please complete the application form and return to CHASA by post or email.


Officers of the Department for Environment and Water attend our training venue and conduct private testing.

Completed tests are sent interstate for assessment, with results usually available within seven days. 

Upcoming training and testing

We are planning on running waterfowl identification training and testing in January 2019. We intend to run the course on the following dates:

Training and testing will be conducted in the Adelaide CBD after hours. We also anticipate to conduct training and testing in the Riverland early in the new year and will provide more details in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in attending please email us at admin@chasa.org.au.