North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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Wildlife Damage Control Agent Course

This course is for the certification and re-certification of Wildlife Damage Control Agents (WDCA). The course will provide you with the rules and regulations that govern the WDCA program, information on euthanasia, safe handling of wildlife, and a variety of other information useful for WDCA’s. Agents must pass a closed book Certification examination and a background check prior to being certified. Once you have received notification of certification you may begin operating in a WDCA capacity. Thank you for expressing an interest in this course, however please understand that the demand for the Wildlife Damage Control Agent Certification Course is high. The course is filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course Locations

March and September courses will be held at Bass Lake in Holly Springs, NC . Directions and information for Bass Lake can be found here. Lodging is not included in the registration fee.

June course will be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.  Directions and information for the McKimmon Center can be found here. Lodging is not included in the registration fee.

Course Dates:

Course Registration Deadline  Course Dates  Cost
 March 1, 2018  March 14-15, 2018 (Wednesday-Thursday)  $175
 June 15, 2018  June 20-21, 2018 (Wednesday-Thursday)  $175

 September 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

 September 12-13, 2018 (Wednesday-Thursday)

October 22-23, 2018 (Monday-Tuesday)



How to Register

To secure your place in the course, complete the online registration form, including your non-refundable payment, and print out the 3 page background check authorization. You are required to fill out the first page of the background check authorization form, sign and date it, and return it by fax (919-707-0292) or mail at 1707 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1700. Registration and payment must be received by the Course Registration Deadline. The registration fee for the course includes the Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage on flash drive, Handbook of the Rules and Regulations governing Damage Control Agents, test, facility, lunch and refreshment breaks for both days.

Certification Course Important Information

  • 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 daily 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.
  • There will be no additional registrants allowed into the class after the Course Registration Deadline for the course selected.



Wildlife Damage Control Agent Recertification Options

Follow the this link to view addition options for WDCA recertification.