The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) offers basic trapper education courses through our Advanced Hunter Education Program. The current trapper education program consists of an online training program followed by a 4-hour field day component. Once you complete the online trapper education course, you will need to register and attend a 4-hour field day by using the link below.

To find a trapping course, click here for a list of courses currently scheduled

The AFWA trapper education manual was designed to assure that content taught to students was consistent among state agencies, despite differences in trapping regulations. This is a similar method used by state hunter educational programs.

Each state is unique concerning the species and numbers of furbearers present, regulations, and traditions. Please consult North Carolina’s trapping regulations for specific restrictions regarding permissible trap-types, furbearer species and other regulations pertinent to North Carolina.

Click here for Trapper Educational Manual (pdf)

The North Carolina Trappers Association (NCTA), in cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, offers advanced trapper education courses, including hands-on, species-specific workshops.


For 2020, one trapping workshop will be offered:

Coyote Trapping


For 2021, two trapping workshops will be offered:

Beaver Trapping


Wildlife Damage Management


For more information on advanced trapper education courses offered by NCTA contact:

Todd Menke, NCTA Education Coordinator
Phone: (919) 885-6187


Click here for more information (North Carolina Trappers Association website)

Wildlife Damage Control Agent (WDCA) Program

This program allows trained and certified Wildlife Damage Control Agents (WDCA) to issue wildlife depredation permits to North Carolina residents having confirmed wildlife damage problems. It was developed to streamline the permitting process.

WDCA are authorized to issue permits for certain species on the spot, once wildlife damage has been confirmed. Under previous regulations the resident had to apply for a permit from the Wildlife Resources Commission and then wait for the permit to arrive before legally trapping, capturing, or killing an animal that is causing damage.

For more information on the certification course please download this brochure:

WDCA Program Brochure (657 KB pdf)