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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

    • 15 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 16 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Go To Webinar
    • 68
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    NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

    August 15-16, 2020

    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 August 5th 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). 

    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
    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: 

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host venue in Wisconsin to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

    Training Location: 

    Tomahawk Live Trap Facility 

    6151 US Highway 51, Hazelhurst, WI 54531

    Accommodations: 

    Hotel:

    THE WATERS OF MINOCQUA

    8116 US Highway 51 Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548


    Camping (available for free): 

    13105 Ty Bach Lane, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 

    *Attendees are welcome to bring their families camping.


    • 22 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
    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.

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host venue in Wisconsin to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space


    Training Location: 


    Tomahawk Live Trap Facility 

    6151 US Highway 51, Hazelhurst, WI 54531

    Accommodations: 

    Hotel:

    THE WATERS OF MINOCQUA

    8116 US Highway 51 Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548


    Camping (available for free): 

    13105 Ty Bach Lane, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 

    *Attendees are welcome to bring their families camping.




    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    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, 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 Rodent Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Location and Hotel Information:

    Double Tree by Hilton Hartford

    16 Ella T, Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

    (860) 627-5171

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host hotel in Connecticut to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

    • 11 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hartford, CT
    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: 

    Double Tree by Hilton Hartford

    16 Ella T, Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT 06096

    (860) 627-5171

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host hotel in Connecticut to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space
    • 18 Sep 2020
    • (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: Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    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)


    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indiana
    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, 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 Rodent Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host location in Indiana to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

    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

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Syracuse, IN
    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.

    Additional Information: 

    We are working closely with the host hotel in Indiana to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Each attendee must sign and date the Waiver of Liability Agreement prior to attending this meeting. A copy of the document can be found HERE. Once signed, you can upload the agreement with your registration or email it to our office at info@nwoca.com

    The following meeting guidelines will be adhered to:

    • Registration will be capped to allow for additional space in the meeting room
    • Seating will be arranged to allow for social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer will be available
    • Increased cleaning frequency in the meeting space

    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

    • 2 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar
    Register

    NWCOA Rodent Standards Certified

    Presented by: 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 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, 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 Rodent Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.


    Meeting Location: 


    GoToWebinar - link will be provided upon registration and complete payment. 



    • 9 Dec 2020
    • (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, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. Additional states will be added as they are approved.

    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)


    • 8 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 9 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Go To Webinar
    • 90
    Register

             

    NWCOA Certified Wildlife Control Operator Training Course

    April 8-9, 2021

    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

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