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Certified Professional
Training Courses


In conjunction with the 2023 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 events page.

Monday, February 6

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

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Awareness
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.



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

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

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 7

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 Basic Wildlife Operator Training Course  
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors


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
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Bird Management Level 1  
NWCOA Master Instructors and Certified NWCOA Instructors

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


Friday, FEBRUARY 10

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.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

NWCOA Certified U.S. Venomous Snake Safety and Handling Course - LEVEL 2 (This is Tentative)

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. 

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. 

Topics Covered in this Course:

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

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NWCOA Training
Registration Hours

Monday, February 6 - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7 - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9 - 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


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