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Perfect Your Skills… Advanced Training Available Now!



Northwest Iowa School of Taxidermy offers an advanced course for students that have completed the 9-week basic course. The advanced course takes the student into more depth at the competition level in birds, fish, and mammals. The advanced course offers more one-on-one training as the student delves into the area in which he/she most desires to expand their knowledge. This would include, but not limited to, detailed knowledge on anatomy, specialized form alteration, advanced molding and casting techniques including fiberglass and graphite reproductions, habitat construction and composition, as well as advanced airbrush and painting techniques. Students are able to choose the specimen package according to the desired area in which they choose to excel. (The only stipulation is that the desired package can be completed in the allotted time frame.) A business plan according to the students needs will be covered and a plan of action executed. This could include, but not limited to, a simple website, advertisement cards and brochures, and the state and federal regulations needed to start up a business. All mounts completed by the student belong and shall be retained by the student at the completion of the course.

DATES: Dates correspond with the dates of the regular 9-week class.

COST: $8,500
Students will have extra one-on-one training throughout the 9 weeks with instructors including evening classes.

CURRICULUM/SPECIMEN: Students in the advanced course have more flexibility in choosing their specimen package according to the area in which they wish to specialize. Each package will be unique to the individual student. Examples: student can choose to mount 2 or 3 more advanced full mounts with full alterations along with elaborate base work plus a fish and bird mount, or a package that includes a fiberglass fish reproduction with advanced painting techniques along with a 2 or 3 bird display incorporating a background depicting the birds habitat along with a smaller full mount. The number of mounts, amount of alterations and the level of expertise needed will determine the students specimen package.

CLASS LENGTH/HOURS: The advanced course is a 9-week course with a minimum 360 classroom hours. The amount of hours per area (birds, fish, mammals, habitat, etc) will depend on the individual specimen package of each student.


***All other class information corresponds with the information found in our 9-week basic taxidermy class.


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