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NWCOA Training and Events

NWCOA is dedicated to offering training to the wildlife control industry that assists WCOs with developing strong business practices and effective technical knowledge and skills. Science-based information and research is at the forefront of all training protocol. Training is conducted by Certified NWCOA Instructors (CNIs) and Master NWCOA Instructors (MNIs). NWCOA’s training coordinator develops new curriculum based on the needs, desires and trends in the industry and continually refreshes existing courses. Training is offered regionally and during the national training event, The Wildlife Expo.

COVID-19 Update for In-Person Training Events

We are working closely with our host hotels for training to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Provided the state and county in which training is being held are in Phase 3 of re-opening, we plan to continue with our in-person training events. 

NWCOA and the host hotels are actively working to further develop room and meeting guidelines. Additional information will be coming soon, but here’s what we have planned so far:

  • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
  • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
  • All food will be pre-packaged for minimal touch
  • Hand sanitizer will be available
  • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

Our goal is to give you the education and training you need in these difficult times, and make that available to you as safely as possible.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    Register


    NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online

    **This event is available only to Critter Control companies**

    Those who work with or otherwise have contact with wildlife and other animals - and their parasites - need to be aware of the risks posed by transmissible infectious disease.  This interactive full-day training program provides a broad overview of infectious and zoonotic disease and sheds light on key risks and dangers associated with the species and groups with which wildlife and pest control professionals typically interact. The engaging presentation includes real world scenarios and examples of disease transmission and devotes significant time to the subject of risk reduction and disease prevention. 

    This course will be online via GoToWebinar. There is a two-step registration process to view the course, please follow the link provided in your registration confirmation email. 

    Manuals for this course will be sent 7 days prior to the event, if you do not register by Wednesday, October 14th, you may not receive your manual before the start of the course. 

    All attendees will have one week from the day of the course to complete the subsequent exam. A link will be sent from NWCOA at the end of the course to access the testing platform. If the test is not completed within one week of the course, a $50 re-testing fee will be assessed. 

    Thank you to our course sponsor: 


    • 10 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • Litmos
    Register


    The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America, as well as to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures. The Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1) covers bat biology (little brown, big brown, free-tailed, and pallid bats), bat behavior, bat identification, bat morphology, service agreement language for bat removal and guano removal, seasonal restrictions, inspection techniques, equipment, safety, detailed exclusion techniques, job pricing, decontamination techniques, rabies, bat handling, updated white-nose syndrome information, and much more.

    This course will be taught utilizing NWCOA's learning management system. Attendees will be provided a link to the online course on the date the course is available. Attendees will have one week (7 days) to complete the course and test. Skipping portions of the video, quizzes or test will result in failure of the course. No refunds will be provided for course failures. 

    This course training course is taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified for a term of five years. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    This course has also been approved for Wildlife CEU's in Virginia.

    If you are in need of pesticide CEUs, you must upload a picture of yourself as well as a picture of your photo identification in the registration form. 

    Please note: if files are not uploaded, you may not be eligible to receive Pesticide CEU credits from your state. (*not all states have approved CEU credits)


    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar
    Register



    WEBINAR: Insurance Challenges for WCO’s

    March 18th | 5pm EST

    Join us for a webinar on March 18, 2021 at 5pm. We'll be discussing the NWCOA Christian Baker Insurance Plan as well as many other insurance related topics. Topics will include:

    • Contractual Insurance Requirements and how to protect yourself
    • Ancillary Lines of business Christian Baker can assist with. (Prop, Equipment, Comp, Auto, Professional)
    • Claims
    • Why the rental company policy may be inadequate
    • How to avoid/minimize claims frequency and severity
    • Associate vs. professional memberships
    • And more!

    NWCOA Members: Free

    Non-Members: $25

    • 22 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar
    Register


    Introduction to Shooting in Sensitive Environments

    This live, virtual course is a prerequisite to attend the certified Level 1 and 2 range portion of the SINSE course to be held later this year. Although there will be no official certification awarded to this one day class, this is a great opportunity for all operators to gain valuable shooting skills and knowledge.  

    This course will cover many topics including: 

    • Safety and supplies, caliber choices, and bullet types and shapes
    • Noise suppression 
    • Shooting basics such as range, point of impact, and awareness of your environment 
    • Shot placement and anatomic knowledge, controlling anxiety, and human vulnerability
    • Professionalism, and public/media relations.


    **Please note: This an educational course and attendees will not be certified in SinSE Level 1 or Level 2 until they have attended and passed the in-person range portion of the course.

    • 8 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 9 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Go To Webinar
    • 90
    Register

             

    NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

    April 8-9, 2021

    NWCOA brings this two-day certification course online to train new and current WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become a NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator, receive a certificate of completion, and use of the logo.

    This course provides a broad overview of the animals commonly managed by WCOs and is taught by practitioners who share insightful solutions to many of the challenges our industry faces every day!

    Topics Include:

    • Bats, Birds, Squirrels and other commonly encountered species
    • Animal Biology
    • Animal handling
    • Euthanasia
    • Inspection
    • Safety
    • 19 Apr 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Florida - TBD
    Register


    The NWCOA Rodent Standards Certified course aims to educate Wildlife Control Operators (WCOs) and Pest Control Operators (PCOs) on frequently encountered and often overlooked rodent species. This course discusses the biology, behavior and identification these species as well as the various control methods and exclusion effective for each.

    The Rodent Standards Certified Course covers rodent biology, control methods, inspection and ID, habitat management and exclusion, disease, laws, regulations, and toxicants, and much more. This course is a one day, online training course taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Rodent Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    • 19 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tampa, Florida
    Register

             

    Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

    April 19-20, 2021

    The NWCOA Certified Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course has been newly revamped and is offered by NWCOA to train established WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. This is a two-day, in-depth course that looks at topics central to professional operations for wildlife control operators.  It is structured as a practical, case study in a live virtual classroom style training course.

    Technical course topics include:

    • advanced structural inspection and exclusion
    • advanced removal techniques and tools
    • advanced safety
    • advanced traps and equipment
    • sales and customer interactions
    • moles, ground squirrels, and gophers
    • woodchuck, marmots, armadillos, and porcupines
    • beaver, nutria, and muskrat control
    • animal behavior
    • commensal rodents
    • venomous and non venomous snakes and reptiles 

    Upon successful completion of this course and a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion, use of the logo and become a Certified Advanced Wildlife Control Operator.  Participants must hold a current NWCOA Certified Wildlife Operator Certification prior to attending the Advanced Wildlife Control Operator class.   

    Location: 

    Florida - TBD


    Thank you to our Sponsors!

     


    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Florida - TBD
    Register

    The NWCOA Certified Bird Management Course, Part 1 will be offered by NWCOA to train WCOs that currently perform or wish to add residential and small commercial bird management to their wildlife management services. This course is a one-day, classroom style training course taught by Master NWCOA Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors.

    Upon successful completion of this course and a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion, use of the logo mark and become a NWCOA Certified Bird Management Professional.

    Topics Include:

    ·         Laws and regulation

    ·         Biology and behavior of commonly encountered bird species

    ·         Damage identification

    ·         Zoonotic disease

    ·         Control methods

    ·         Habitat modification: exclusion, frightening devices, shooting and trapping, and toxicants and repellents.

    ·         Business management and customer relations

    Additional Information: 

    We will be working closely with the host venue in Florida to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. 

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

    Training Location: 

    TBD

    Accommodations: 

    TBD


    Thank you to our Sponsors!

      

    • 7 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register


    NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online

    Those who work with or otherwise have contact with wildlife and other animals - and their parasites - need to be aware of the risks posed by transmissible infectious disease.  This interactive full-day training program provides a broad overview of infectious and zoonotic disease and sheds light on key risks and dangers associated with the species and groups with which wildlife and pest control professionals typically interact. The engaging presentation includes real world scenarios and examples of disease transmission and devotes significant time to the subject of risk reduction and disease prevention. 

    This course will be online via GoToWebinar. There is a two-step registration process to view the course, please follow the link provided in your registration confirmation email. 

    Manuals for this course will be sent 14 days prior to the event, if you do not register by Friday, April 23, you may not receive your manual before the start of the course. 

    All attendees will have one week from the day of the course to complete the subsequent exam. A link will be sent from NWCOA at the end of the course to access the testing platform. If the test is not completed within one week of the course, a $50 re-testing fee will be assessed. 

    • 9 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Litmos
    Register


    The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America, as well as to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures. The Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1) covers bat biology (little brown, big brown, free-tailed, and pallid bats), bat behavior, bat identification, bat morphology, service agreement language for bat removal and guano removal, seasonal restrictions, inspection techniques, equipment, safety, detailed exclusion techniques, job pricing, decontamination techniques, rabies, bat handling, updated white-nose syndrome information, and much more.

    This course will be taught utilizing NWCOA's learning management system. Attendees will be provided a link to the online course on the date the course is available. Attendees will have one week (7 days) to complete the course and test. Skipping portions of the video, quizzes or test will result in failure of the course. No refunds will be provided for course failures. 

    This course training course is taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified for a term of five years. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    This course has also been approved for Wildlife CEU's in Virginia.

    If you are in need of pesticide CEUs, you must upload a picture of yourself as well as a picture of your photo identification in the registration form. 

    Please note: if files are not uploaded, you may not be eligible to receive Pesticide CEU credits from your state. (*not all states have approved CEU credits)


    • 8 Sep 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Litmos
    Register


    The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America, as well as to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures. The Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1) covers bat biology (little brown, big brown, free-tailed, and pallid bats), bat behavior, bat identification, bat morphology, service agreement language for bat removal and guano removal, seasonal restrictions, inspection techniques, equipment, safety, detailed exclusion techniques, job pricing, decontamination techniques, rabies, bat handling, updated white-nose syndrome information, and much more.

    This course will be taught utilizing NWCOA's learning management system. Attendees will be provided a link to the online course on the date the course is available. Attendees will have one week (7 days) to complete the course and test. Skipping portions of the video, quizzes or test will result in failure of the course. No refunds will be provided for course failures. 

    This course training course is taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified for a term of five years. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    This course has also been approved for Wildlife CEU's in Virginia.

    If you are in need of pesticide CEUs, you must upload a picture of yourself as well as a picture of your photo identification in the registration form. 

    Please note: if files are not uploaded, you may not be eligible to receive Pesticide CEU credits from your state. (*not all states have approved CEU credits)


    • 8 Dec 2021
    • (EST)
    • Litmos
    Register


    The NWCOA Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in North America, as well as to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures. The Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1) covers bat biology (little brown, big brown, free-tailed, and pallid bats), bat behavior, bat identification, bat morphology, service agreement language for bat removal and guano removal, seasonal restrictions, inspection techniques, equipment, safety, detailed exclusion techniques, job pricing, decontamination techniques, rabies, bat handling, updated white-nose syndrome information, and much more.

    This course will be taught utilizing NWCOA's learning management system. Attendees will be provided a link to the online course on the date the course is available. Attendees will have one week (7 days) to complete the course and test. Skipping portions of the video, quizzes or test will result in failure of the course. No refunds will be provided for course failures. 

    This course training course is taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified for a term of five years. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    This course has also been approved for Wildlife CEU's in Virginia.

    If you are in need of pesticide CEUs, you must upload a picture of yourself as well as a picture of your photo identification in the registration form. 

    Please note: if files are not uploaded, you may not be eligible to receive Pesticide CEU credits from your state. (*not all states have approved CEU credits)


Past events

18 Feb 2021 Air Guns and the Wildlife Control Operator
5 Feb 2021 Rodent Standards Certified - Online
4 Feb 2021 Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online
2 Feb 2021 Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (AOTC) - Online
31 Jan 2021 Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (WCOTC) - Online
14 Jan 2021 Webinar: The Growing Market of Wildlife Control of Amphibians & Reptiles
11 Jan 2021 Bird Management Certified - Online
17 Dec 2020 NWCOA Webinar - It's Wild Out There: Zoonotic Disease in Our Modern World
9 Dec 2020 Bat Standards Certified - Online
4 Dec 2020 NWCOA Certified Reptile & Amphibian Course Level 1 - Online
19 Nov 2020 NWCOA Informational Webinar
23 Oct 2020 Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online
15 Oct 2020 New NWCOA Member Webinar
2 Oct 2020 Critter Control Event - Rodent Standards Certified Online
25 Sep 2020 Structural Bat Management - Indiana
24 Sep 2020 Rodent Standards Certified - Indiana
18 Sep 2020 Bat Standards Certified - Online
22 Aug 2020 Bat Standards Certified - Wisconsin
21 Aug 2020 Bird Management Certified - Wisconsin
15 Aug 2020 Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (WCOTC) - Online
31 Jul 2020 Critter Control Event - Bat Standards Certified Online
23 Jul 2020 Bat Standards Certified - Online
18 Jul 2020 Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online
22 Jun 2020 NWCOA Goose Management Professional - Indiana
19 Jun 2020 NWCOA Certified Reptile & Amphibian Course Level 1 - Online
1 May 2020 Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (WCOTC)
10 Apr 2020 NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Course - Online
7 Apr 2020 NWCOA Rodent Standards Certified - Online
6 Mar 2020 NWCOA Bird Management Course - Virginia
6 Mar 2020 Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (WCOTC)

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