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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

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


    Bird Management Certified

    Online - GoToWebinar

    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.

    Members: $185

    Non-Members: $250


    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


    **This course is a pre-requisite for the Bird Management Level 2 that will be held in New Jersey in October 2021.**


    This course has been approved for Pesticide CEUs in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont.

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

    • 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)

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

          


    • 16 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 72298 State Road 13 North Suite #B Syracuse, IN 46567
    Register


    This two-day course includes one day of classroom style training that gives instruction on pricing, sales, liabilities and bat seal-up and guano removal contracts. The class will provide inspection instruction, as well as group practice in inspection. The first day will also include euthanasia and safety, PPE and decontamination protocols. The second day will be a hands-on interactive instructional day. The group will learn about working at heights, and use of scaffolding and ladders. Logistical concerns will be covered. Metal bending classroom instruction, as well as hands-on metal bending techniques will be covered. Finally, ridge, roof exhaust vent repair, chimney repairs and gable vents will be discussed.

    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 Structural Bat Management Professional.

    Prerequisites: NWCOA Bat Standards Certified, part 1 "OSHA Aerial and Scissor Lift", "OSHA Ladder Safety for Construction", and "OSHA Fall Protection"

    You can find through https://www.osha.gov/ or with a third-party vendor like https://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/ or www.certifymeonline.net.

    For a confirmed registration, you will need to provide proof of fulfillment of these prerequisites upon registration.


    Location and Hotel Information: 

    AAC Headquarters

    72298 State Road 13 North
    Suite #B
    Syracuse, IN 46567

    Oakwood Resort

    702 E. Lake View Rd,
    Syracuse, IN 46567

    (574) 457-7100

    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 72298 State Road 13 North Suite #B Syracuse, IN 46567
    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



    Location and Hotel Information: 

    AAC Headquarters

    72298 State Road 13 North
    Suite #B
    Syracuse, IN 46567

    Oakwood Resort

    702 E. Lake View Rd,
    Syracuse, IN 46567

    (574) 457-7100




    Thank you to our Sponsors!

     

    • 8 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 9 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 1160 CT-75, Suffield, Connecticut 06078
    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.   

    **The pre-requisite to this Advanced course is the Wildlife Control Operatory Training Course. If you have not yet completed WCO, you can purchase the fast track version once registered for this course by emailing us at info@nwcoa.com. 

    Location: 

    Wildlife Control Supplies

    1160 CT-75, Suffield, Connecticut 06078

    Accommodations:

    TBD




    Thank you to our Sponsors!

          

     


    • 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)

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

          


Past events

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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