Who are Wildlife Control Agents and Wildlife Control Technicians?

In North Carolina, any individual who engages in wildlife damage control or wildlife removal activities for compensation, including eviction or exclusion activities, must obtain a Wildlife Control Agent (WCA) license to do so. Attending and passing a 2-day, in-person WCA course is required for licensure. See below for information about upcoming WCA courses.

Employees working under a licensed Wildlife Control Agent who assists with wildlife control activities must obtain a Wildlife Control Technician (WCT) certification. WCT certification requires completing and passing an online training course. See below to register for WCT certification training.


Wildlife Control Agent Course

This course is for new Wildlife Control Agents (WCA). The course will provide you with the rules and regulations that govern the WCA program, information on euthanasia, safe handling of wildlife, and a variety of other information useful for WCAs. Agents must pass a closed-book examination and a background check before being licensed. Once you have received your WCA license and depredation permit books you may begin operating in a WCA capacity. Thank you for expressing an interest in this course, however, please understand that the demand for the Wildlife Control Agent Course is high. The course is first come first served.


Course Locations

WCA courses will be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. The WCA course is subject to change to a virtual course via Zoom at any time. The WCA license fee is included in the registration fee, lodging is not.


Course Registration Deadline  Course Dates  Cost
March 1, 2023  March 29-30, 2023 (Wednesday-Thursday) This course will be in-person at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC  $150 
June 1, 2023 Full June 14-15, 2023 (Wednesday-Thursday) This course will be in-person at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.


September 1, 2023 - Cancelled 

September 13-14, 2023 (Wednesday-Thursday)This course will be in-person at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. $150


How to Register

Registration is not compatible with mobile devices, a computer must be used when registering for the WCA course. To secure your place in the course, complete the online registration, pay the registration fee and print out all documents (confirmation letter, payment receipt, background check form).  You are required to fill out the background check authorization form, sign and date it, and return it by fax (919-707-0292), email RAPS@ncwildlife.org or mail to 1707 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1700. Once we received the background check authorization form you will receive an email from clientservices@bib.com with a user name and password to complete a detailed background check at the email address provided on the form. Registration and payment must be received by the Course Registration Deadline. The registration fee for the course includes the WCA license fee, Prevention and Control of Wildlife on a flash drive, test, facility, lunch, and refreshment breaks for both days. Note: Lodging is not included in the registration fee.


Important Information about the WCA Course

  • The course will begin promptly at 8:00 am and end at 5:00. All attendees should be on-site no later than 7:50 am. The actual check-in process may take some time due to the issuance of course materials. 
  • Once you have taken the examination you will no longer be required to remain on site.
  • No money will be accepted on the day of the course.
  • Reminder: All registration fees are nonrefundable and non- transferable
  • There will be no additional registrants allowed into the class after the Course Registration Deadline for the course selected.


Wildlife Control Technician Certification

Anyone assisting a licensed Wildlife Control Agent with wildlife control activities must become a certified Wildlife Control Technician.  Wildlife Control Technicians shall not issue depredation permits.

Wildlife Control Technicians may only perform the following wildlife control or removal activities under the direct supervision of a licensed WCA:

  • Placement of traps
  • Euthanasia of wildlife
  • Bat evictions,
  • Alligator removal and relocation


Wildlife Control Technician Certification Course

Wildlife Control technicians must complete and pass the online WCT course. This course reviews laws related to wildlife control activities and methods for trapping, capture, and safe and humane handling of wildlife. A licensed Wildlife Control Agent must contact RAPS at (919) 707-0061 to register an employee for the Wildlife Control Technician course


Wildlife Control Agent Continuing Education Opportunities

Follow this link to view WCA continuing education opportunities.