Certification and Licensing for Wildlife Control Operators (WCO)


Certification: To declare that one has the ability to perform the task or duty in a proper manner.

License: To declare that one has the legal permission needed to perform the task or duty.

Using these definitions, being licensed does not mean that one has the "ability" to perform the task properly. For example, just because one has a license to drive a car does not necessarily mean that the person "should" be driving the car. On the otherhand, certification suggests that one is qualified to drive the car.

When looking for a professional wildlife control operator or wildlife damage management professional, make sure that the individual is licensed AND certified.

Certifications and Licensing

National Wildlife Control Training Program volume 1Basic Wildlife Control Operator Certification (BOTC) National Wildlife Control Operators Association.

Requirements: must sucessfully pass a 100 question exam.

To obtain training visit store.nwctp.com

Versions of the training: Delaware, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and National NWCOA version




Certified Wildlife Control Professional (CWCP) National Wildlife Control Operator Association Certified Wildlife Control Professional badgeNational Wildlife Control Operators Association--Certification 


1) 3 years full-time experience or its equivalent

2) 200 hours of verified training that meets NWCOA's standards

3) Successful passing of a 200 question objective exam (true/false and multiple choice)

Bat Standards Compliant  National Wildlife Control Operators Association

Bat Standards CompliantTraining provides technical details about what constitutes professional bat control services, including explaing what WCOs can and cannot guarantee and what materials they may use and not use. Disease trainingis also provided.

8 hour course with an objective exam. 


Master NWCOA Instructor (MNI) National Wildlife Control Operators Association

Certified NWCOA Instructor (CNI) National Wildlife Control Operators Association

Vertebrate Animal Pest Control Study Manual--Utah Vertebrate Pesticide Certification Training Utah State Pesticide Applicators 

Vertebrate Control Training Manual--Mississippi State Univeristy Vertebrate Control Training Chapter Mississippi State Univ.

Wildlife Biologist Certification-The Wildlife Society 

Pesticide Applicator's Manuals--Michigan State University

Vertebrate Pest Control Training Manual- Utah State Vertebrate Pesticide Training Manual 2008 Utah State

Public-Health Pest Control Training Manual --Vertebrate Pest Control Manual Univ. of Florida 

Wildlife Biologist Certification-The Wildlife Society

Pest Management Principles--Mississippi State University

Pesticide Applicator's Manuals--Michigan State University

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