Much like prospective first time hunters must plan ahead in order to secure their MNDNR Hunter Education Course certifications (firearms safety) before hunting season rolls around, prospective trappers must do likewise to insure they receive their Trapper Education Certifications well in advance of the MN trapping season as Trapper
Education Courses and associated Field Training Sessions are likewise only available at certain times of the year.
All traditional trapper education classes and field training sessions were completed for this season by the end of September 2015 statewide. Most areas of the State will not have another opportunity until late winter early spring at the earliest. Class and field training sessions are published on the website as they are scheduled.
Now that trapping season has begun, the only alternative for an individual seeking certification is the online coursework necessary in order to complete the written exam portion of the Program. However, the field training aspect must also be completed prior to the certification becoming valid.
A list of certified Trapper Education Instructors is provided on the website but be aware that most will be extremely busy with their own traplines at this time of year and accommodating students in need of field training will be difficult if not impossible in most cases.
The only other practical option would be for you to solicit and secure your own personal field instructor at this point in time.
Please review the documents provided under In Field Training on the online course portion of this website to determine if a non-certified field instructor that you know may be qualified to provide this required aspect of the Program for you.
Individuals that do not meet the specified qualifications outlined may be approved on an individual basis by MTA Education Coordinator.