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.
There is a free online option for those who need to complete the homework assignment for a class or wish to simply review course content. The Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies (AFWA) offers a free North American Trapper Education course which covers the entire standardized curriculum for Trapper Education courses. 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