Certified Professional Training Courses

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In conjunction with the 2020 Wildlife Expo, the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is offering Certified Professional Training Courses for technicians. After successful completion of any course, the student will receive credentials, use of the NWCOA logo mark in marketing materials and a certificate of completion. All courses listed below are offered at an additional fee. Please sign up on the registration form.


NWCOA Training Registration Hours

Sunday, January 31 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 1 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 4 - 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 31

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
NWCOA Training Course Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Day 1 of 2)
NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

The NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course will be offered by NWCOA to train new and current WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. This course is a two-day, hands-on classroom style training course taught by Master NWCOA Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors. Course topics include bats, birds, squirrels and other commonly encountered problem species, animal biology, animal handling, euthanasia, inspection, safety, and more. Upon successful completion of this course and a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion, use of the logo mark in marketing materials and become a Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Day 1 of 2)
NWCOA Advanced Wildlife Operator Training Course  
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

The NWCOA Certified Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training (AOTC) Course is offered by NWCOA to train established WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. In addition to providing training that will earn 16 hours of CNAP recertification credits and NWCOA Certification, this course is designed to help established wildlife control businesses expand into offering advanced services and specialty species control that will increase sales revenue.


Monday, FEBRUARY 1

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
NWCOA Training Course Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Day 2 of 2)
NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

The NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course will be offered by NWCOA to train new and current WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. This course is a two-day, hands-on classroom style training course taught by Master NWCOA Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors. Course topics include bats, birds, squirrels and other commonly encountered problem species, animal biology, animal handling, euthanasia, inspection, safety, and more. Upon successful completion of this course and a test, the WCO will receive a certificate of completion, use of the logo mark in marketing materials and become a Certified Basic Wildlife Control Operator.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Day 2 of 2)
NWCOA Advanced Wildlife Operator Training Course  
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors


The NWCOA Certified Advanced Wildlife Control Operator Training (AOTC) Course is offered by NWCOA to train established WCOs that perform wildlife management services in or on residential and commercial properties. In addition to providing training that will earn 16 hours of CNAP recertification credits and NWCOA Certification, this course is designed to help established wildlife control businesses expand into offering advanced services and specialty species control that will increase sales revenue.

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thursday, FEBRUARY 4

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
NWCOA Training Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NWCOA Rodent Standards Certified
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

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 eachThe Rodent Standards Certified Course covers rodent biology, control methods, inspection and ID, habitat management and exclusion, disease, laws, regulations, and toxicants, and much more.

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8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NWCOA Zoonotic Disease
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

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. 

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