4-17-12: Wood-Destroying Insect Inspectors Accredited Through Association

State Pest Association awards and renews accreditation of specially trained inspectors

Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today announced the latest inspectors to receive its Wood-Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) Accreditation program. Since January 2011, the program has graduated more than 50 accredited inspectors and has renewed the accreditation of 191 inspectors.

The NCPMA Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) Accreditation Program is designed specifically to train wood destroying insect inspectors in North Carolina and give them the tools they need to properly spot damage to homes from termites and other wood destroying insects.

“We are proud to welcome these inspectors into the WDIR Accreditation program,” said Kristin Dodd of Carolina Pest Management in Monroe and board member of NCPMA. “Completing the requirements of the WDIR Accreditation program shows that these inspectors are dedicated to their profession and committed to providing their customers with the highest level of service.”

WDIR Accredited inspectors must complete an 8-hour training course and pass a comprehensive written exam in order to receive accreditation.  Each inspector is trained and tested on performing a proper inspection, State laws and regulations, insect biology, construction and conditions conducive to infestation and how to properly report observations on the official state-required form.

Accreditation is active for a three-year period, at which point a renewal course must be completed. NCPMA began offering renewals of the WDIR Accreditation program in 2011.

NCPMA has designed the program to train in a way that carefully explains the fine points of proper inspection and reporting on the 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.

There are nearly 300 WDIR Accredited inspectors statewide. Each inspector receives a WDIR stamp including his or her accreditation number to mark completed WDIR 100 forms.

A list of the current WDIR Accredited inspectors by city is available at www.wdir.org/list.

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 www.ncpestmanagement.org.

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