Your Guide to Trapper Education

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.

trapper education class formats

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.

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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. There are three options for an Arizona specific course. You can complete the course through a home study, a classroom course offered by any of the Department volunteer trapper education instructors, or through an online training. 

Students registering for an Arizona Game and Fish Department Trapper Education course will need to provide a Customer ID number on their registration.  To acquire your customer number call 602-942-3000 during business hours or visit

home study

Email with the student’s name and mailing address, to obtain your home study material and 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.

classroom course

All courses are taught by certified Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Educators and are offered as volunteers are able.  The instructors determine the location and length of the class.  Typical classroom courses are one day to weekend courses.

Classroom course schedule

online course

The Arizona Trapper Education Online course is an entirely online course and successful completion will grant you an Arizona Trapper Education certificate.  You will be able to print a temporary card and your graduation certificate will be mailed to you, using the information you provided in your online registration.

Trapper Education Online Course

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Visit – You will need to provide you name and date of birth.  If your records cannot be found, call the Hunter Education helpline or email our dedicated address at

Get Involved as a Volunteer

Volunteer in trapper education

As a Volunteer Trapper Educator, 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.

To begin the process of becoming a certified Volunteer Trapper Educator, contact with your name, address and contact information.

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, or fax to 623 236-7903.

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