Certifications

Certification and Licensing for Wildlife Control Operators (WCO)

Definitions

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 other hand, 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

Wildlife Control Operator Certification 

Requirements: must successfully pass a 130-question exam.

To obtain training visit store.nwctp.com

State versions of the training program: Delaware, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and the general National WCO training program.

Vertebrate Animal Pest Control Study ManualUtah Vertebrate Pesticide Certification Training Utah State Pesticide Applicators

Vertebrate Control Training ManualMississippi 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 ManualUtah State Vertebrate Pesticide Training Manual 2008 Utah State

Public-Health Pest Control Training ManualVertebrate 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