1-18-11: State Pest Association Launches New Continuing Education for Wood-Destroying Insect Inspectors

Class offered at one of the nation’s largest Pest Control Technicians’ Schools

Raleigh, N.C.—The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today kicked off its 61st Annual Pest Control Technicians’ (PCT) School which includes the launch of the first classes of its continuing education requirement for renewals of the Wood-Destroying Insects Report (WDIR) Accreditation Program, which trains and provides accreditation to wood-destroying insect inspectors.

The NCPMA WDIR Accreditation Program is designed specifically to train wood destroying insect inspectors in North Carolina and provide the tools they need to properly spot damage to homes from termites and other wood-destroying insects.

“Nearly half of the accredited Wood-Destroying Insects inspectors in North Carolina have accreditation credits expiring in 2011, and this is the first time that we are providing continuing education courses as part of the reaccreditation process,” said Chuck Hazelwood, of Go-Forth Pest Management in High Point and chair of the NCPMA Wood-Destroying Insects Accreditation Committee.

“Because the WDIR Accreditation Program was designed to standardize the wood-destroying inspection process, we have created this continuing education course to ensure that our inspectors have the most current training and knowledge,” Hazelwood said.

NCPMA has designed the program to train in a way that carefully explains the fine points of proper inspection and reporting on the Wood Destroying Insects Reporting (WDIR) 100 form.  The WDIR 100 form is required on every residential structure sold in North Carolina and notes the visual evidence of the presence or absence of Wood Destroying Insects in the building.

“Not all wood destroying insect inspectors are accredited by our association, and homeowners should ask if an inspector has received accreditation from NCPMA before hiring them,” said Lee Smith, of Rid-A-Pest in Morehead City and board member of NCPMA.  “NCPMA Accredited inspectors receive special state-of-the-art training that non-accredited inspectors do not.”

More than 600 inspectors have completed the WDIR Accreditation Program since 2001, and there are currently nearly 500 accredited inspectors in the state.  All inspectors seeking accreditation must complete a one-day training course and pass a written exam.  Accredited inspectors seeking reaccreditation must complete a one-hour training course every three years.

An inspector who has passed the NCPMA Wood Destroying Insects accreditation course receives a special stamp that is used on every completed WDIR 100 Form.

In addition to the continuing education requirements, the NCPMA has added additional testing opportunities and sites after the PCT School for inspectors seeking initial accreditation.

The 61st Annual NCPMA Pest Control Technicians’ School kicks off today at the Hilton North Raleigh in Raleigh, N.C., and continues through Jan. 20.  Attracting hundreds of pest management professionals, it is one of the largest schools of its kind in the nation.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.  To learn more about NCPMA, please visit http://www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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