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Professional Pest Management

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Module 1 | Feb. 24, 25 & 26, 2022 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Horticulture will be offering the Professional Pest Management Module 1 online and in person* in February 24-26, 2022. This training is designed to provide up-to-date training in the technical aspects of pest management, quality assurance, and customer care to upgrade your professional industry development or for anyone interested in learning more about pest management.  

This customized training is taught by Dr. Cameron Lait, a respected entomologist and co-chair of KPU's School of Horticulture, and recognized by the Structural Pest Management Association of BC (SPMABC). Students who successfully complete Module 1 will receive a certificate of completion from KPU and can apply for 5 credits towards their pest applicator license recertification through the SPMABC. 

REGISTRATION: click here (type 'pest' in the search bar on the KPU web catalogue)

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Professional Pest Managers
  • Pest Control Technicians
  • Exterminators
  • Public Building Managers
  • Landscape Managers
  • Environmental Advocates
  • Regulatory Personnel

Training Format:

Module 1 includes live online and in person* lectures and lab demonstrations over three days consisting of 18 hours of content. Students will need access to a computer with a microphone and web cam, as well as high speed internet to participate in classes. Students are encouraged to review lecture slides prior to each class and be prepared to discuss any questions you may have. There will be a brief quiz at the beginning of each class to review material from the previous day. At the end of the three-day course, there will be an exam to test your knowledge of all of the content covered.

Module 1 Content:

  • Basic insect biology
  • Taxonomy/identification
  • Survey of important structural pest orders and families
  • Pest behaviour
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophy and practices
  • Basic pesticide chemistry, safety and regulations
  • Professionalism and safety protocols at the worksite
  • Documentation 
REGISTRATION: click here (type 'pest' in the search bar on the KPU web catalogue)

Course Outcomes:

Participants who successfully complete the course will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify key morphological features of arthropods
  • Understand basic insect biology
  • Understand integrated pest management principles
  • Recognize insect behavior as related to structural pest management
  • Manipulate live or preserved specimens without damage
  • Identify arthropods from live or preserved specimens to Order or Family using a range of resources and keys
  • Recognize the hazards associated with the use of chemical pesticides

Tuition cost: $375 (plus GST) 

Instructor: Cameron Lait, BSc (Biology), PhD (Major Plant Biochemistry & Physiology)

Dates: Feb. 24, 25 & 26, 2022 (Th, Fr, Sa) | 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Location: Online and In Person*

REGISTRATION: click here (type 'pest' in the top right search bar on the KPU web catalogue)

*This course will be offered in both options: in person and online. However, if pandemic protocols change, the course will be offered online only. Live online classes will be recorded in case students miss a class.  

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