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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

    • 30 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Nevada Extension Office - 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
    • 15

    NWCOA Certified U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course - LEVEL 2

    October 30, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 5:00PM

    Las Vegas, Nevada


    The NWCOA Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course is designed to provide training and expertise for Wildlife Control Operators to safely engage with U.S. venomous snakes. This course covers snake biology and identification (elapids and pit vipers), snake behavior, trapping, relocation, safety, and LIVE venomous snake handling. To ensure practice and safety for all, this course is capped at 15 people per class – so sign-up quickly!

    This course is a one day, classroom style training course taught by qualified instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a written and skills test, the WCO will become NWCOA U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Prerequisite: To sign up for NWCOA Certified U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course - Level 2, you must first successfully pass the NWCOA Basic Safety and Handling for U.S. Reptiles and Amphibians Course, Level 1. The next Level 1 course is being offered October 1, 2021.

    Topics Covered in this Course:

    •  Venomous Snake Biology and Behavior
    • Common U.S. Venomous Snake Identification
    • Trapping
    • Relocation
    • Safety
    • Equipment and Handling

    Price

    • Members: $360
    • Non-Members: $435

    Location: 

    University of Nevada Extension Office

    8050 Paradise Rd.

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89123

    Accommodations:  

    We recommend staying at the PestWorld hotel:

    MGM Grand Hotel
    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109


    This course is approved for pesticide credits in the following states: Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming. 


    This course is approved for wildlife credits in Oregon and Virginia. 

    You MUST download and complete THIS FORM to upload with your registration.

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Nevada Extension Office - 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
    • 15


    NWCOA Certified U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course - LEVEL 2

    October 31, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 5:00PM

    Las Vegas, Nevada


    The NWCOA Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course is designed to provide training and expertise for Wildlife Control Operators to safely engage with U.S. venomous snakes. This course covers snake biology and identification (elapids and pit vipers), snake behavior, trapping, relocation, safety, and LIVE venomous snake handling. To ensure practice and safety for all, this course is capped at 15 people per class – so sign-up quickly!

    This course is a one day, classroom style training course taught by qualified instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a written and skills test, the WCO will become NWCOA U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Prerequisite: To sign up for NWCOA Certified U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course - Level 2, you must first successfully pass the NWCOA Basic Safety and Handling for U.S. Reptiles and Amphibians Course, Level 1. The next Level 1 course is being offered October 1, 2021.

    Topics Covered in this Course:

    •  Venomous Snake Biology and Behavior
    • Common U.S. Venomous Snake Identification
    • Trapping
    • Relocation
    • Safety
    • Equipment and Handling

    Price

    • Members: $360
    • Non-Members: $435

    Location: 

    University of Nevada Extension Office

    8050 Paradise Rd.

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89123

    Accommodations:  

    We recommend staying at the PestWorld hotel:

    MGM Grand Hotel
    3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109


    This course is approved for pesticide credits in the following states: Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming. 


    This course is approved for wildlife credits in Oregon and Virginia. 

    You MUST download and complete THIS FORM to upload with your registration.

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1145 Route 33, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
    Register

                      

    Bird Management Level 2

    November 12 - 13, 2021

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

    Farmingdale, New Jersey

    This two-day advanced course includes one day of classroom style training that gives instruction on pricing, sales, getting creative with recurring revenue, interior removals, bird netting and much more. The second day will be hands on instruction from leaders in the industry, covering unique netting techniques, shock-track and bird-wire creative uses installation. 

    Topics covered in this training will include:

    • Review of Bird Management Level 1
    • commercial vs. residential bird management
    • interior pest bird removal
    • installing bird netting efficiently without compromising quality and safety
    • hands on training with netting, electrical track, wire and TowerGuard
    • selling commercial bird work
    • preparing proposals, and more!

      Upon successful completion of this course and a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion, use of the logo and become Bird Management Level 2 Certified.  

      Prerequisites: NWCOA Bird Management Level 1, "OSHA Aerial and Scissor Lift", "OSHA Ladder Safety for Construction", and "OSHA Fall Protection" You can find these certifications through https://www.osha.gov/ or with a third-party vendor like https://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/ or www.certifymeonline.net.

      Location: 

      Cowley's Pest Services (Host)

      1145 Route 33, Farmingdale, NJ 07727

      Accommodations:

      Radisson Hotel of Freehold

      50 Gibson Place, Freehold, NJ 07728

      NWCOA Rate is $189/night

      To book your room, call the hotel directly at (732)780-3400 OR enter the special rate/promotional code 2111NT using the drop down box.


      Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

            

       


      • 8 Dec 2021
      • 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 the following states: Virginia and Oregon.

      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)

      Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

            

            


      • 10 Dec 2021
      • 10:00 AM
      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 6:00 PM
      • Go To Webinar
      Register

               

      NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

      December 10 - 11, 2021

      Online

      10:00 AM  - 6:00 PM Eastern Time


      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

      Please note: Registrations received after November 30 may not receive a manual prior to the start date of the course. Manuals will be mailed out and all registrants should receive their manual by the due date to take the course test (one week following the training). 

      This course is approved for wildlife credits in Oregon. 

      This course has been approved for pesticide credits in the following states: Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Michigan. 

      Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

                  

      Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!

          

      • 31 Jan 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Orlando, Florida
      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 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.

      **Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for Florida. A max number of 6 credits in four categories were approved. For additional information on the specific CEU categories approved, please click here. 

      Hotel Information:

      Caribe Royale Orlando

      • 31 Jan 2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • 1 Feb 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Orlando, Florida
      Register

               

      Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

      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.   

      **Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for Florida. A max number of 8 credits in two categories were approved. For additional information on the specific CEU categories approved, click here for more information. 

      Location: 

      Caribe Royale Orlando

      • 31 Jan 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • 4 Feb 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL
      Register


      Join the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for an educational program that will provide both technical and business-related information to professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service. With wildlife management being one of the fastest growing segments in the pest management industry, featuring your products at the annual Wildlife Expo is a winning investment for your company.

      CLICK HERE FOR THE SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS

      Hotel/Exhibit Location information: 

      Caribe Royale Orlando

      8101 World Center Dr

      Orlando, FL 32821


      The exhibit hall will open at 5PM on Tuesday, February 1 and close at approximately 1:30PM on Thursday, February 3.

      To make your reservations at the Caribe Royal hotel, click on the reservation portal HERE or call 407-238-8000 and mention NWCOA by January 14, 2022, to receive the group rate of $199 per night.

      • 1 Feb 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Orlando, FL
      Register


      NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Awareness

      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. 

      Location:

      Caribe Royale Orlando


      • 1 Feb 2022
      • 8:00 AM
      • 3 Feb 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL
      Register


      Join the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for an educational program that will provide both technical and business-related information to professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service. The program at the Wildlife Expo combines training and education with networking opportunities and the chance to check out the newest technology and services in the Exhibit Hall. Whether you are a large company or a one-man shop, use this opportunity to grow this segment of your business by attending this unique meeting.

      Hotel information: 

      Caribe Royale Orlando

      8101 World Center Dr

      Orlando, FL 32821

      To make your reservations at the Caribe Royal hotel, click on the reservation portal HERE or call 407-238-8000 and mention NWCOA by January 14, 2022, to receive the group rate of $199 per night.

      • 4 Feb 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Orlando, FL
      Register

        

      NWCOA Bat Standards Certified



      The Bat Standards Certified course is offered by NWCOA to aid in the survival and future of bats in the 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 is a one day, classroom style training course taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.


      Course materials will be provided to registrants on-site. Please bring a notebook and pen.


      In addition to training, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided.


      Training Location: 


      Caribe Royale Orlando

      • 4 Feb 2022
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Orlando, Florida
      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


      **Pesticide CEU credits have been approved for Florida. A max number of 6 credits in four categories were approved. For additional information on the specific CEU categories approved, click here for more information


      Location:

      Caribe Royale Orlando

    Past events

    20 Oct 2021 VWDMA 2021 Fall Conference
    8 Oct 2021 Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (AOTC) - Connecticut
    2 Oct 2021 Bird Management Certified - Online
    1 Oct 2021 NWCOA Certified Reptile & Amphibian Course - LEVEL 1
    18 Sep 2021 CANCELED - Bird Management Certified - Indiana
    16 Sep 2021 Structural Bat Management - Indiana
    8 Sep 2021 Bat Standards Certified - Online
    7 Aug 2021 Bird Management Certified - Online
    16 Jul 2021 U.S. Venomous Snake Safety & Handling Course - LEVEL 2
    15 Jul 2021 U.S. Venomous Snake Safety & Handling Course - LEVEL 2
    18 Jun 2021 NWCOA Certified Reptile & Amphibian Course - LEVEL 1
    11 Jun 2021 Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (WCOTC) - Online
    9 Jun 2021 Bat Standards Certified - Online
    1 Jun 2021 Shooting In Sensitive Environments (Level 1 and Level 2)- Alabama
    7 May 2021 Zoonotic Disease Awareness - Online
    1 May 2021 Bird Management Certified and Pest Blok - Indiana
    20 Apr 2021 Bird Management Certified - Florida
    19 Apr 2021 Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training Course (AOTC) - Florida
    19 Apr 2021 Rodent Standards Certified - Florida
    15 Apr 2021 Outfitting the WCO Service Vehicle
    8 Apr 2021 Critter Control - Wildlife Control Operator Training Course Online
    31 Mar 2021 VWDMA Spring Conference
    22 Mar 2021 Introduction to Shooting in Sensitive Environments (and Prerequisite for SinSE Level 1)
    18 Mar 2021 Insurance Challenges for WCO’s
    10 Mar 2021 Bat Standards Certified - Online
    25 Feb 2021 Critter Control Event - Zoonotic Disease Awareness
    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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