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 Certificate. 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.
Those who need to complete the home assignment for a class or wish to simply review material or explore course content have a free online option. The Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies (AFWA) offers a free North American Basic Trapper course which covers the entire standardized curriculum for Trapper Education.
Additional resources are available on AFWA’s Furbearer management page including documents on Best Management Practices for trapping in the U.S.