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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

    • 1 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 2 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Linden, Alabama
    • 12
    Register


     

    NWCOA Shooting in Sensitive Environments (SinSE)

    Level 1 & Level 2

    June 1 - 2, 2021

    Linden, Alabama


    **All attendees must have completed the online portion of this course prior to attending the in-person dates**


    Registration includes: 

    3 night stay at Soggy Bottom Lodge

    Meals on each day of training, plus breakfast on day of check-out

    All range fees and targets


    NWCOA SinSE (Level 1) - June 1st 


    Level 1 covers the basics of marksmanship (7 fundamentals); how to obtain a proper zero, gear suggestions, and gear evaluations. The curriculum is based on the need for efficient marksmanship capabilities and will help determine whether or not success or failure hinges on the shooter or equipment being used. 


    A Level 1 test will be required to pass the course.


    NWCOA SinSE (Level 2) - June 2nd


    Level 2 utilizes all of the marksmanship fundamentals developed in Level 1. The curriculum is based on the need for proper gear/equipment and begins teaching proper decision making skills. 


    A Level 2 test will be required to pass the course.


    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 is required.


    In addition to the online registration form, the Firearm Qualification Form must be completed and uploaded prior to payment.  


    Please bring your own long-rifle (caliber must be no smaller than .17 HMR and no larger than .30 cal), at least 200 rounds (factory loads only, 400 rounds if taking both Level 1 & 2), personal eye and ear protection.


    Meeting Location and Hotel Accommodations: 

    Soggy Bottom Lodge

    18618 Hwy 43

    Linden, Alabama 36748

    www.soggybottomlodge.com 

    Phone: 334-295-5430

    (Please hold off on making flight arrangements. We will send an email out to registrants once we have a preferred airport and shuttle information.)


    Registration includes: 

    3 night stay at Soggy Bottom Lodge (nights of May 31, June 1 & 2nd)

    Meals on each day of training, plus breakfast on day of check-out

    All range fees and targets


    Instructors

    The Shooting Institute

    While Buffalo, Inc


    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          


    • 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)

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

          


    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register


    NWCOA Certified Reptile & Amphibian Course - LEVEL 1

    June 18, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 6:00PM

    GoToWebinar

    NWCOA brings its Reptile and Amphibian Course - Level 1 online to train WCOs working with reptiles and amphibians at homes and business. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion.

    This course provides information on reptiles and amphibians commonly managed by WCOs and is taught by expert herpetologists in the field. 

    Topics related to Reptiles and Amphibians include:

    • Identification
    • Trapping
    • Relocation
    • Euthanasia
    • Safety
    • Regulations and Management Guidelines

    Course manuals will be distributed electronically to all participants prior to the start date of the course. 

    This course is the prerequisite to the Level 2 course offered in-person on July 17th, in Virginia, and will include venomous snake handling & safety.

    Price

    • Members: $185
    • Non-Members: $250


    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          


    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Manassas, Virginia
    • 11
    Register


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

    July 15, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 5:00PM

    Manassas, Virginia


    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 June 18, 2021.

    Topics Covered in this Course:

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

    This course has been approved in Virginia for 7.5 Wildlife CEUs and 15 Pesticide CEUs.

    Price

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

    Location: 

    The Pat White Center at Ben Lomond

    10501 Copeland Dr. 

    Manassas, Virginia 20109


    Accommodations:  

    Courtyard Marriott Manassas Battlefield Park

    10701 Battleview Parkway

    Manassas, VA 20109-2347

    Book your group rate for NWCOA

    Please book by July 1st for the NWCOA rate of $89.

    After July 1, the rate is subject to availability. 


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

    Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!

          

    • 16 Jul 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Manassas, Virginia
    • 11
    Register


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

    July 16, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 5:00PM

    Manassas, Virginia


    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 June 18, 2021.

    Topics Covered in this Course:

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

    This course has been approved in Virginia for 7.5 Wildlife CEUs and 15 Pesticide CEUs.

    Price

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

    Location: 

    The Pat White Center at Ben Lomond

    10501 Copeland Dr. 

    Manassas, Virginia 20109

    Accommodations:  

    Courtyard Marriott Manassas Battlefield Park

    10701 Battleview Parkway

    Manassas, VA 20109-2347

    Book your group rate for NWCOA

    Please book by July 1st for the NWCOA rate of $89.

    After July 1, the rate is subject to availability. 


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

    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!

          

          


    • 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

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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