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
Requirements: must successfully 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 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
Training 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 training is 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 State Pesticide Applicators
Vertebrate Control Training Manual— Mississippi State Univ.
Wildlife Biologist Certification-The Wildlife Society
Pesticide Applicator’s Manuals–Michigan State University
Vertebrate Pest Control Training Manual– Utah State
Public-Health Pest Control Training Manual — Univ. of Florida