Predator Trapping Methods
Nationwide tailored courses available
Level 3

PRT301 Predator Trapping Methods

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

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  • Course code


  • Locations and dates


    22 April 2023
    WORKSHOP 27-28 April - Nelson campus

    Off Campus:

    31 March 2023
    WORKSHOP 4-5 April - Christchurch
    1 April 2023
    WORKSHOP 3-4 April - Kaitaia
    7 April 2023
    WORKSHOP 12-13 April - Katikati
    14 April 2023
    WORKSHOP 19-20 April - Auckland Zoo
    5 May 2023
    WORKSHOP 10-11 May - Kapiti
    19 May 2023
    WORKSHOP 24-25 May - Location TBA
    26 May 2023
    WORKSHOP 31 May-1 June - Location TBA
    16 June 2023
    WORKSHOP 21-22 June - Location TBA


    1 May 2023
    Online Only - 1 May-29 July 2023
    14 August 2023
    Online Only - 14 August - 6 November
  • Fees

    Tuition: 174.00
  • Credits


Delivered in partnership with DOC, this course provides the knowledge and skills to manage effective pest control programmes.

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Designed for communities that wish to become more active in predator pest control in their local conservation areas this course aims to provide an overview of New Zealand pest predators focusing on rats, stoats, and possums.

You will look at defining why these predators are pests, their impacts, and the control methods to use.

The main focus will be on developing an effective predator control plan for your area and the importance of monitoring, allowing you to work out the right methods to match the outcomes you are looking to achieve.

You will also gain the practical experience you need to be able to trap successfully.

On completion you will be able to:

  • Create and refine a predator control plan
  • Write field instructions for the layout of selected traps identified in the predator control plan
  • Undertake predator control and document trap-catch results in a field situation
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There are two ways to achieve the micro-credential: by learning fully online or by attending a 2-day face-to-face workshop.

Online Delivery

Two-day workshop

This is an option for people for whom time, cost and distance to course locations is a barrier. See further details below.

This option combines online reading with a two-day workshop. The first date under off-campus is the start of the pre-workshop reading (see more details below) and is followed by the date and location of the workshop. 
Please note the workshop dates differ from the course start date. 

Online delivery

The 12-week online course covers the same content as the face-to-face workshops, including ecological principles, trapping technologies and techniques, and monitoring methods.

The course consists of online learning, written assessments, and practical work.

Students must put everything they have learned into practice by clearing a trap line and documenting the trap catch data. At the start of the course, the facilitator can answer any questions you may have about how to organise this. 

To complete the course, you will spend approximately 80 hours on course-related work, including reading and watching content online and completing assignments. It is expected that you complete this within 12 weeks.

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