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 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 Manual– Ohio Department of Agriculture, Category 7 Pesticide Applicator

Vertebrate Pest Control in the Home Garden and Landscape – Mississippi State Univerisity Extension

Wildlife Biologist Certification -The Wildlife Society

Vertebrate Pest Managment Manual–Michigan State University

Vertebrate Pest Control Training Manual – Utah State, 2008

Public-Health Pest Control Training Manual¬† –¬†Univ. of Florida

Wildlife Damage Control Manual – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Structural/Health-related Pest Control – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA)