Pursuant to A.R.S. 17-333.02 Any person born after January 1, 1967 is required to successfully complete a Trapper Education Course prior to obtaining a trapping license.
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- Classroom Course
- Online Course
- AFWA Course
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The purpose of the trapper education program is about more than safety and requirements, its goal is to produce responsible, knowledgeable, and involved trappers - trappers who understand the importance of complying with trapping laws and behaving ethically.
Any person born after January 1, 1967 is required to successfully complete a Trapper Education Course prior to obtaining an Arizona trapping license.
Any individual nine years of age or older may complete a trapper education course offered through the Department. Any person 14 years of age or older is required to purchase a trapping license to trap predatory and furbearing animals. Any person under the age of 14 is not required to purchase a trapping license, but must apply for and obtain a registration number.
The Arizona trapper education program is not just for children or trappers. This educational program is a valuable experience for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in conservation.
There are multiple options available to you to obtain your trapper education certification. We accept all state's trapper education certifications in lieu of an Arizona trapper education course including the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) trapper education course. Thanks to an agreement with the International Hunter Association (IHEA) we all offer reciprocity to each other's courses.
We encourage you to take an Arizona specific trapper education course. This will assist you in becoming familiar with Arizona specific rules, species, and best management practices. Currently there are two options for an Arizona specific course. You can complete the course through a home study, the Department will mail you a student manual with chapter review exercises that must be completed and mailed back to the education department. Or, you can take a classroom course offered by any of the Department volunteer trapper education instructors. All approved trapper education classroom courses are posted on this website along with class registration information. Typical classes are one day to weekend courses.
AFWA does offer an online only course where you will be able to print a certificate at the conclusion of the course and bring that into any Arizona Game and Fish office for the purchase of a trapper license. We are also in the process of enabling additional online courses through the Arizona Game and Fish Department and hope to have these available to you soon.
Register for a Class
Students registering for an Arizona Game and Fish Department trapper education course will need to provide a Department ID number (or if they do not wish to get a Department ID number at the time a Social Security Number). To get a Department ID number please call 602-942-3000.
Please email Ashley Lynch at [email protected] with the student's name and mailing address to obtain your home study material along with directions. You will have three months to complete and return the workbook. Any student who does not pass will be required to retake the course.
Trapper education classes are offered by volunteer trapper education instructors and are offered as volunteers are able. The instructors determine when and where the classes will be held.
Please make sure to bring your Hunter ID number and all materials sent to you by your instructor to the first night of class.
Trapper Education Online Course - Successful completion of this course will grant you and Arizona Trapper Education certificate. You will be able to print a temporary card and your graduation certificate will be created and mailed to you, using the information you provided in your online registration.
AFWA Online Course
AFWA Online Course - The completion of this course does not add you the Arizona Game and Fish database. You will need to print your graduation certificate and bring that with you to an Arizona Game and Fish office to purchase your trapping license.
A volunteer is a person who, of his or her own free will, provides goods or services (time and experience) without the expectation of financial gain. Each volunteer is unique and there are many reasons for why people volunteer their services: personal fulfillment, a desire to help others learn something new, to increase your own knowledge, to promote a cause, just to name a few. The benefits gained from volunteering as a Hunter Education Instructor are unique and personal to you.
As a Volunteer Trapper Education Instructor (Volunteer Instructor), you can volunteer for a very important role in our program. The public will look to you to demonstrate what it means to be a responsible and ethical trapper. You will be responsible for imparting the knowledge needed to help other trappers increase their trapping knowledge, improve skills and safety, and become informed custodians of Arizona wildlife resources. This is not a duty to be taken lightly.
One of the reasons that the suite of Arizona hunter education programs is successful is due to the commitment and devotion of you, the Volunteer Instructor, who supports it. We recognize that each Volunteer Instructor provides invaluable skills and expertise. They enable the AZGFD to provide the community with a wonderful opportunity and quality service. You can be crucial to the success and continuation of the Arizona Trapper Education Program and we thank you for considering joining our ranks.
Complete the two above forms and send them to Ashley Lynch at the Arizona Game and Fish Department: 5000 West Carefree Hwy., Phoenix, AZ 85086, at [email protected], or fax to 623-236-7903.
All trapper education classroom courses are taught by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Instructors. The instructors determine when and where the classes will be held.
For more information, call the Education Branch at 623-236-7235 or 623-236-7219.