Venomous Training & Certification Workshop

In-person (Atlanta) | Weekend workshop | Certificate program | Offered every 8 weeks

We are pleased to offer a Venomous Training and Certification Program at the Amphibian Foundation in partnership with the Rattlesnake Conservancy. If you are a land manager, environmental consultant, first responder, zoo professional, herpetology enthusiast, photographer, or private citizen looking to learn how to safely handle and relocate venomous reptiles, this course is for you!

This 2-day workshop is a comprehensive training to prepare yourself for working with venomous snakes, or encountering them in the field safely. Using the techniques and protocols laid out by TRC, not a single person (TRC, AF staff or students) has ever been bitten by a venomous serpent.

This training sets the standard for safety, husbandry, and protocol for working with venomous reptiles. Our Level 1 Program is the leading venomous training program in the United States and has been taught to over 100 students.
 
Topics covered in the course include:

  • Hands on individual training, guided by one of our professional instructors.
  • Handling methods for non-venomous and venomous snakes.
  • Learn about the life history, toxinology, and ecology of native venomous reptiles.
  • Emergency field care for envenomation.
  • Methods of relocation.

This course consists of 2-days of intense training with expert instructors. The first day of the Level 1 Course involves 8 hours of classroom work, where students learn about venom toxinology, native venomous snakes in their region, snake bite management, captive venomous reptiles, and disease monitoring and management.

On day 2, students take a written test on the information they learned the day before and begin hands on training with venomous reptiles. Students learn about the various type of handling equipment available to safely work with venomous reptiles, how to spot venomous reptiles in the wild, and handle multiple species and sizes of venomous snakes. Routinely, students will work with Cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus), Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus), Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix), and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus).

This course is applicable for novices and individuals with entry level experience, or may be taken by advanced individuals as a refresher on information learned. Please only register if you are reasonably sure you can attend. The course is offered every other month.

This class is not wheelchair accessible

 

Event Information

Event Date 08-31-2024 10:30 am
Event End Date 09-01-2024 4:30 pm
Capacity 18
Registered 6
Individual Price $325.00
Location Amphibian Foundation

Venue Information - Amphibian Foundation

The Amphibian Foundation is located at the beautiful Blue Heron Nature Preserve @ 4055 Roswell Rd. NE Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30342.


Our building is at the corner of Roswell Rd and Lakemore Dr, and there is a short bridge to cross into our parking lot. If the lot is full, there is plenty of parking along Rickenbacker Drive, and there is a path from Rickenbacker to our building.

The direct entrance to AF is not the main entrance to the building. Our side entrance is off to the right, up a ramp. AF is not open to the public, so that door is always locked, unless it is left opened for events and classes.

Come in the door, walk through the winding hallway, go through a second door, and turn right up the stairs. AF is located primarily on the second floor of the building, and unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible.