Online  Wildlife Control Training

National Wildlife Control Training Program

NWCTP has current species information with info on biology, damage prevention, site inspection, animal handling and control methods, and carcass disposal – all of which gives WCOs the most effective options to resolve conflicts. The NWCTP teaches the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to become a wildlife control operator. Written and reviewed by leaders in the wildlife control community, the curriculum is designed to provide the basic training for wildlife control operators throughout the US. The focus is on the core information needed to resolve wildlife conflicts using best practices in safe and effective ways.

National Wildlife Control Training Program – Courses available for national certification, as well as for some state certification.

National Wildlife Control Training Program – Manual

Core Training Modules

  1. Principles of Wildlife Damage Management
  2. Physical Safety
  3. Wildlife Diseases
  4. Site Inspection
  5. Wildlife Control Methods
  6. Exclusion
  7. Toxicants
  8. Trapping
  9. Animal Handling and Control Methods
  10. Euthanasia & Carcass Disposal
  11. Business Practices
  12. Legal and Ethical Procedures
  13. Wildlife Species Information

National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA)

NWCOA is dedicated to offering training to the wildlife control industry that assist WCOs with developing strong business practices and effective technical knowledge and skills. Science-based information and research is at the forefront of all training protocol. Training is conducted by Certified NWCOA Instructors (CNIs) and Master NWCOA Instructors (MNIs).

NWCOA develops new curriculum based on the needs, desires and trends in the industry and continually refreshes existing courses to adhere to the latest standards and laws. Training is offered regionally throughout the year as well as during the NWCOA/NPMA annual conference, the Wildlife Expo.

NWCOA Training and Certifications Offered

Click the links below for more information on training courses offered by NWCOA:


The Wildlife Damage Management Conference is held bi-annually, location varies. To find information on the upcoming conference, search online with Wildlife Damage Management Conference. Professionals throughout the US attend this conference.

The Vertebrate Pest Conference is held bi-annually in even-numbered years. The location varies. This is another professional conference.

Wildlife Control Training by Others

Trapper’s College and Furbearer Management Course – Fur Takers of America

Superb training in the use of footholds, snares, cable-restraints, cage/box traps, and body-grip devices.