Trapper Education is mandatory in Massachusetts for Problem Animal Control (PAC) agents and first-time trappers in order to apply for a Massachusetts trap registration number. Government issued certificates from any US state are accepted.
The MassWildlife Hunter Education Program offers 3-5 trapper education courses each year in different locations across the state. Courses are typically offered in the spring, summer and fall. You may need to travel a longer distance in order to attend this course. Upon successful completion, graduates will be mailed a Certificate of Completion recognized in all U.S. states.
For those who need to complete the mandatory homework assignment for a class or wish to simply review course content, there is a free online option. The Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies (AFWA) offers a free tutorial known as the North American Trapper Education progam which covers all the information in a typical Trapper Education course. Additional trapping information is available on AFWA’s Furbearer management page including documents on Best Management Practices for trapping in the U.S.
2017 Trapper Education Courses