GT1000 – Gopher Tortoise Ecology and FWC Permitting Guidelines: A one day course covering the necessary ecological background of the gopher tortoise to fully understand the permitting requirements, followed by a detailed review of the FWC permitting guidelines and an introduction to the FWC permitting system. This class is a prerequisite for GT2000.

GT2000 – Survey Techniques for Development Sites: A full day course covering survey techniques necessary to submit a permit for gopher tortoise relocation projects. Successful completion of this class is necessary to become an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent through FWC. Authorized Agents can conduct surveys for gopher tortoises, but will not be authorized to submit permit applications to relocate tortoises. This class is a prerequisite for GT2500 or 3000, unless the student is already an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent.

GT2500 – Capture and Transport of Gopher Tortoises: A full day course covering capture techniques for gopher tortoise relocation projects (bucket trapping, live trapping, and hand shovel excavation of burrows), and the requirements for safely marking, transporting, and releasing tortoises at recipient sites. Successful completion of this class is necessary to become authorized by FWC to submit permit applications for tortoise relocation projects using these techniques.

GT3000 – Recipient Site Permitting and Management: A full day course covering advanced permitting, monitoring, and management requirements for recipient sites.

Combination A – Introductory Authorized Agent Training: A two-day course on gopher tortoise natural history, the FWC permitting guidelines, and surveying requirements for submitting permits. This course covers all the material necessary to apply to become an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent through FWC. Students passing this class will be authorized to conduct gopher tortoise surveys, but not to submit relocation permits.

Combination B – Basic Authorized Agent Training: A three-day course which covers all of the requirements to become an Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent to conduct surveys, submit permit applications for relocation projects (10 or Fewer Burrow Permits, Conservation Permits, and Disturbed Site Permits only), capture tortoises (using bucket or live traps, or hand shovel excavation), and transport tortoises.

Combination C – Advanced Authorized Agent Training: A two-day course on bucket trapping, live trapping, and hand shovel excavation of tortoises, transport, and recipient site permitting, monitoring, and management. Authorized Agents completing this class will be permitted to submit permit applications for relocation projects (10 or Fewer Burrow Permits, Conservation Permits, and Disturbed Site Permits only), capture tortoises (using bucket or live traps, or hand shovel excavation), and transport tortoises. Students completing this class will also be eligible for a private class to become authorized for marking, transport, and release of tortoises, which is necessary for recipient site permits, as well as Temporary Exclusion Permits, Public Projects to Contiguous Public Conservation Lands, and Public Conservation Lands Restocking.

Combination D – Comprehensive Authorized Agent Training: A four-day course that combines all of the above classes. Authorized Agents completing this class will be permitted to conduct surveys, submit permit applications for relocation projects (10 or Fewer Burrow Permits, Conservation Permits, and Disturbed Site Permits only), capture tortoises (using bucket or live traps, or hand shovel excavation), and transport tortoises. Students completing this class will also be eligible for a private class to become authorized for marking, transport, and release of tortoises, which is necessary for recipient site permits, as well as Temporary Exclusion Permits, Public Projects to Contiguous Public Conservation Lands, and Public Conservation Lands Restocking.

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