During the ‘Trophy Heads’ section you will be immersed in the world of different techniques and styles to prepare and preserve animal skins.

The instructors will guide you in detail as you explore various tanning methods, carefully discussing the pros and cons of different tanning types. In addition, you will receive detailed instructions on measuring hides, selecting the correct shape, and adjusting the hide and antlers/horns for a perfect fit.

The training also focuses on preparing the shape and skin for donning, including the use of artificial noses, various methods of creating ears, and sculpting the eyes with precision. You will also learn about proper facial expressions and the relevant muscles involved.

A crucial aspect of the training is the correct placement of the skin, with special attention paid to the hair and color lines of the skin. Finishing the preparation includes sculpting the skin with the mould, and you will be explained the drying process and the differences between customer and competition preparations. Finally, finishing and airbrushing will also be discussed, with insights into the different types of paint and their advantages and disadvantages.

How does a course day look like?

Each day starts with a class in which you will be taught some theory and how to use this in your taxidermy-practice. Despite being primarily a practical training you do need to bring a notebook. At the end of the course there will be an exam which may give you a certificate. During this class you will also see a demonstration.

After the class and demonstration you can work on your own projects for the rest of the day. During this your trainer will be present and will guide you through the taxidermy process at hand.  This guidance you can ask for but will also be given to you unrequested if the trainer thinks it would be beneficial to your work.

There are no set coffee. This does not comply with the nature of taxidermy-work as breaks are not always possible during the flow of your work.

Coffee/Tea are provided but of course you are always allowed to bring your own lunch. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted as are drugs of any kind. Smoking is allowed outside on a designated area of the premises.

The day starts at 08:30 and your trainer will be there until 5 pm. On request and If possible you will be able to work in the evening as well.

The institute can provide you with a list of facilities where you can stay and/or have dinner.

Segments of the course
  • Specimen
  • Anatomy
  • Skinning
  • Degreasing
  • Preparing the artificial body and neck
  • Construction
  • First grooming and finishing
  • Positioning of the skin
  • Habitat
  • Marketing and pricing
Costs of the training

€ 2783,00 incl. VAT / € 2300,00 excl. VAT


Apply by sending an email to info@eitt.nl.