A unit of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Management Assistance Team is a small, high-performance team funded by a multi-state conservation grant, and established to help the vast number of technically trained state fish and wildlife agency professionals with non-biological aspects of agency work. The MAT team is passionate about helping state fish and wildlife agencies achieve excellence.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.
North American Trapper Education Program
The purpose of this Trapper Education Program is to help individuals throughout the U.S. acquire the knowledge, skill, attitude, and judgement to selectively and responsibly trap furbearing animals for the many benefits it provides. Check with your state agency to learn more about additional requirements that may apply.
To access your current course or webinar, please click on My Courses to the left under Navigation. On the My Courses page, scroll to the bottom and click on the name of the course under Currently Enrolled Courses. This should take you into the virtual classroom.
Welcome to MAT
Winter 2016 registration for online courses is closed but you can still register for these webinars:
- Creative and Critical Thinking - scheduled for March 15 from 2-4pm Eastern
- Power of Empowerment (new 1 hour webinar taking place on February 11 from 1-2 at no cost to students)
- Problem Solving and Decision Making scheduled for March 22 from 2-4pm Eastern
We are just finishing some updates and revisions made to the site in order to implement our newly restructured Conservation Leadership Program of Study (CLPS). To find out more about the new CLPS, please click the file at the bottom of this block.
New Enrollment Instructions:
The instructions below will help you get acquainted with our new enrollment widget and some other new functions.
The first step you will need to complete, whether you are a new or returning student, is to choose your learning plan by clicking Choose CLPS Option from the Learning Plans block on the left. You can choose from one of the 3 CLPS options or, if you want to take MAT courses and webinars without enrolling in a learning plan, simply choose General MAT Curriculum. *If you are a returning student, your transcript will not be overwritten by choosing a learning plan. We are currently uploading all student course history and should be done within a few weeks.
The next step is to click on My courses under Navigation. This will take you to the Enrollment widget and it will also be the page you access your courses from when classes are in session. In the blocked titled Course Enrollment, click on the title of your chosen learning plan to display a list of courses. The list of courses included in that learning plan will then display. Then click on the title of the desired course. If a session of that course is open for registration it will say Available and have an Enrol link. Click Yes in the Confirmation pop-up to complete your enrollment for that course/ webinar.
Courses or webinars you are currently enrolled in will show in the bottom block under Currently Enrolled Courses. Click on the title of the course to enter the virtual classroom.
Important Information for MAT courses and webinars:
Winter 2016 courses begin on February 1, 2016. Webinars take place on the date and time listed.
Course and webinar fees are as follows: 4 week courses are $70, 6 week courses are $90. There might be a small fee added to some courses to cover online assessments. Invoices for online courses will be emailed during the first week of class.
2 hour webinars are $25. Invoices for webinars will be emailed the week following the webinar.
All invoices are due upon receipt. The drop deadline is 48 hours prior to the course or webinar. Anyone requesting to drop after the deadline will still be responsible for the course and/or webinar fee.
MAT's online courses are asynchronous so there are no set times that you have to be logged on. You can work at your own convenience within each week but will need to meet the deadlines within each week. Students report that it takes an average of 5-10 hours of work each week to successfully complete a course.