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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

    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
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    NWCOA Reptile and Amphibian Course - Level 1

    June 19, 2020

    10:00 am EST - 6:00 pm EST

    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. (Level 2 of this course will be offered in-person, coming soon, and will include venomous snake safety and handling.)

    Topics related to Reptiles and Amphibians include:

    • Identification
    • Trapping
    • Relocation
    • Euthanasia
    • Safety
    • Regulations and Management Guidelines
    Please note: Registrations received after June 12 may not receive a manual prior to the start date of the course. 


    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 23 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
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    NWCOA Goose Management Professional

    June 22-23, 2020

    Indianapolis, IN


    The goal of this two-day course is to provide practical real-world training to individuals and organizations interested in learning aspects of Canada goose damage management. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, the WCO will become a NWCOA Certified Goose Management Professional, receive a certificate and have use of the logo.


    Topics Include: 

    Biology: Taxonomy • Demographics • Physiology • Food Habits • Habitat Selection • Behavior

    Damage Identification: Property • Disease • Attacks

    Legal Issues: Local, State and Federal Laws

    Public Relations: Stakeholder Engagement • Media Relations

    Control Techniques: Habitat Modification Tactics • Exclusion • Effigies • Frightening Devices

    Repellents & Chemical Safety: Chemical Safety • Application Guidelines

    Capture & Goose Handling: Herding • Round Ups • Proper Handling Techniques • Euthanasia

    Please dress for the weather and being outside, including: work clothes, rubber boots, gloves, insect repellent, hat and sun glasses.


    Training Location and Hotel Accommodations: 

    Baymont Inn & Suites

    3850 Eagle View Drive

    Indianapolis, IN 46254

    (317) 299-6165

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    We are working closely with the Baymont Hotel in Indiana to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Provided the state and county are in Phase 3 of re-opening, we plan to present our upcoming training events in Indianapolis, Indiana June 22-24, 2020.

    NWCOA and the host hotel are actively working to further develop their room and meeting guidelines with more information coming soon. 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

    Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks that we’ll send out. 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.


    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Indianapolis, IN


    NWCOA Zoonotic Disease Awareness


    **This course has now been moved online and will be rescheduled for July. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

    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. 


    Location and Hotel:

    Baymont Inn & Suites

    3850 Eagle View Drive

    Indianapolis, IN 46254

    (317) 299-6165


    We are working closely with the Baymont Hotel in Indiana to ensure social distancing and minimal contact policies are in place. Provided the state and county are in Phase 3 of re-opening, we plan to present our upcoming training events in Indianapolis, Indiana June 22-24, 2020.

    NWCOA and the host hotel are actively working to further develop their room and meeting guidelines with more information coming soon. 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

    Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks that we’ll send out. 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.

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

    TBD

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


    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Syracuse, IN
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    The NWCOA Bat Standards 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 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.

    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 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

    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Knoxville, TN
    Register

    NWCOA brings this two-day certification course to Minnesota 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

    Location and Hotel:

    TBD

    • 9 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Portland, OR
    Register

    NWCOA brings this two-day certification course to Minnesota 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

    Location and Hotel Information:

    TBD

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