National Wildlife Control Training Program
The training modules and species fact sheets on this website are based on the Master Gardener version of the training program. Professionals seeking NWCOA certification should purchase the book or course from our online store
Module 1 Principles of Wildlife Damage Management
Module 2 Physical Safety
Module 3 Wildlife Diseases
Module 4 Site Inspection
Module 5 Wildlife Control Methods
Module 6 Exclusion
Module 7 Toxicants
Module 8 Trapping
Module 9 Animal Handling
Module 10 Euthanasia
Module 11 Business Practices
Module 12 Legal and Ethical Principles
The National Wildlife Control Training Program is a cooperative venture of Cornell University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, eXtension and professionals interested in wildlife damage management. We provide books and certified online training programs that are endorsed by both state and private agencies. In addition to wildlife control and animal handling training programs we are the definitive source of wildlife species information, providing both biological information and best practices for control and management. We welcome the participation of state and federal agencies, industry trade groups and private companies that are interested in creating their own wildlife control training program. The goal of the NWCTP is to create and coordinate a uniform training program and to create national standards for nuisance wildlife control and wildlife damage management. The curriculum in the NWCTP consists of 17 core modules reflecting the principles and methodology of the best practices of wildlife damage management using integrated pest management as applied to human-wildlife conflicts. In addition to the core curriculum, there are dozens of species profiles with specific animal handling and control techniques.
The authors and collaborators welcome your feedback and invite you to participate in making this manual a better product for wildlife control technicians. Extension agents, government users, private agencies or private citizen's should contact Stephen Vantassel firstname.lastname@example.org if they want to know more about this project.
The National Wildlife Control Training Program teaches integrated pest management approaches for wildlife damage management (WDM) using common practices and animal-handling techniques. The application of WDM may often be conducted by a professional wildlife control operator (WCO). Some animal-handling techniques require a high skill level and have a complex legal structure. Also, some wildlife species may be vectors of disease (e.g., rabies in raccoons and skunks), and are best handled by a professional. To find a WCO in your area, check your local yellow pages or the internet. Some states require licensing of WCOs, so you may also check with your state wildlife agency to obtain a list of individuals. The National Wildlife Control Training Program (NWCTP) was developed to provide consistent education standards for wildlife control professionals.
Resources for additional wildlife control information:
Cornell University’s Wildlife Control Information Website http://wildlifecontrol.info
The US National Cooperative Extension website (eXtension) http://extension.org