Predator Trapping Methods
Nationwide tailored courses available
Level 3

PRT301 Predator Trapping Methods

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    From 1 October 2022, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Course code


  • Locations and dates


    2 December 2022
    WORKSHOP 7-8 December - Nelson campus, Room A304

    Off Campus:

    10 October 2022
    WORKSHOP 12-13 October - Whanganui
    14 October 2022
    WORKSHOP 19-20 October - Invercargill
  • Fees

    Tuition: 170.00
  • 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 blended delivery including a 2-day face to face workshop.

Online Delivery

Blended delivery (2-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 offers blended delivery combining online learning with a two-day workshop.  The first date under off-campus is the start of the pre-workshop study (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. 

This is an option for people for whom time, cost, and distance to course locations are a barrier.

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 and written assessments, as well as practical work.

Students will need to go out and 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 will be able to answer any questions you may have about how to organise this. 

To complete the course, it is estimated 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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