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Quick Facts: 2018 Official Brochure Download

Certification is independent of NWCOA membership. An individual DOES NOT have to be certified to be a member of NWCOA. Nor is an individual required to be a NWCOA member to obtain certification.

Certification requires actual field and classroom training.

Certification can help distinguish your services from those of your competition.

In the quest to maintain the highest degree of Competence, Integrity, and Service, the National Wildlife Control Operator’s Association has developed a program for professional certification. The program was designed to present a means by which NWCOA could not only recognize individuals for their hard-earned achievements, but to also provide the general public with a confirmation that they are dealing with a true experienced professional.


Those who hold the title of Certified Wildlife Control Professional have demonstrated a wealth of both “hands-on” field experience and an exposure to a variety of industry related training programs. Candidates for certification must be able to establish no less than three years of professional practice, along with a minimum number of credit hours of board approved training courses and seminars.

Certified operators are expected to maintain their level of professionalism by completing continuing education for certification renewal.

NWCOA, a nonprofit, professional trade association devoted to professional

development of the Wildlife Damage Management Industry through the individual

development of well educated, experienced, and dedicated wildlife control operators.

NWCOA has sought to promote and strengthen professional standards within the wildlife damage management industry. To this end, NWCOA has developed a professional certification program designed to evaluate the education and professional experience of wildlife control operators.

A professional wildlife control operator is a person with demonstrated expertise in the art and science of applying the principles of wildlife damage management to the sound resolution of wildlife conflict with humans. An applicant for professional certification who demonstrates this expertise through education and experience and is judged to be able to represent the profession as an ethical practitioner will be designated as a Certified Wildlife Control Professional.

Present-day professional wildlife control operators have developed from many

disciplines. Strict application of precisely defined certification criteria would be

detrimental to the continued development of the profession these operators have built.

These requirements for certification are intended to be a means of demonstrating the special expertise required to practice as a professional wildlife control operator. A Certification Review Board (CRB), composed of highly qualified wildlife control operators, must determine whether the education, experience, and professional contributions of the applicant satisfy the intent of the established minimum requirements.

The program for certification of wildlife control operators is a service provided by

NWCOA for its members, as well as nonmembers and the public, who may desire a peer evaluation statement. Certification constitutes recognition by NWCOA that, to its best knowledge, an applicant meets the minimum educational, experience, and ethical standards adopted by this Association. Certification does not constitute a guarantee that the applicant meets a certain standard of competence or possesses certain knowledge.

NWCOA has established the following objectives, rules, and procedures for certification and the administration of the program. NWCOA will maintain, annually update, and disseminate a registry of certified wildlife control operators. An appropriate schedule of fees ensures that the program is financially self-sustaining.

Read the program policy and do a self-assessment on how well you meet the