Next Gopher Tortoise Authorized Agent Training Workshop: Tuesday, November 14th-17th 2017 Tuesday – Friday,

These courses are offered to help meet the FWC application requirements for Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent with designations of the different authorization areas:
A. Gopher tortoise surveys
B. Marking, transport, and release and trapping (bucket, live trapping and hand-shovel excavation)
C. Supervision of gopher tortoise burrow excavations

Courses Offered:

Level 1-A
This course provides instruction and testing to meet the FWC published requirements of Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent in gopher tortoise surveys. The class covers basic natural history, safety issues and FWC guidelines and permitting requirements.

  • Duration: 2 days (1 classroom day, 1 field day)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirements: Pre-class and post-class work is needed to pass this course.
  • Cost: $600 (We offer a $75 discount for people who register and pay at least two months in advance.)

Levels 1-A and 1-B Combination Course
We offer an intensive four-day course that combines Course 1-A and 1-B for those who wish to be trained in gopher tortoise surveys, transport, marking, release, and capture. The course also covers basic natural history, safety issues, recipient site management, and FWC guidelines and permitting requirements. (Please note: This course does NOT include the mechanical excavation class).

  • Duration: 4 days (2 classroom days, 2 field days)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Requirements: Pre-class and post-class work is needed to pass this course.
  • Cost: $1200 (We offer a $100 discount for people who register and pay at least two months in advance.)

Level 1-C
This certification course in mechanical excavation is scheduled on a special basis with instructors and participants doing actual digs. The class covers classroom requirements for mechanical excavation. Satisfaction of the field requirements will depend on the number of burrows participants are able to excavate successfully (please see FWC requirements for Mechanical Excavation).

  • Duration: Contact  us for information.
  • Prerequisites: Level 1-A and Level 1-B Courses OR demonstrated experience to be authorized in those areas per FWC requirements.
  • Cost: Contact us for information.

Want to know more? See our Gopher Tortoise Certification FAQ!