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






Enrollment Information

Mar 23 & Apr 8

(2 class sessions)


Auburn Sportsmen’s Club

50 Elm Street


Mar 23: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Apr 8: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full

Apr 26 & May 6

(2 class sessions)


Spencer Fish & Game Club

155 mechanic Street


Apr 26: 6:30pm-9:30pm

May 6: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full