PMPs seize education opportunities at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s new Career Training Center

Posted: June 12, 2013 in Bug Off Pest Control Center
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We have a new career training center and we couldn’t be more excited! As many of you know Bug Off Pest Control Center hosts a number of live events throughout the year for the pest control professional! Now with a third connected store front we have the ability to provide more events arming PMP’s with the knowledge they need to be successful in todays ever evolving industry.

There is so much going on at Bug Off Pest Control Center and we want to thank Marty Whitford and the team at Pest Management Professional for sharing the news regarding our new career training center with everyone in this months issue of their magazine. In case you missed it, please continue reading for all the detail on our new training center, the events we have hosted and some that we will soon be hosting. Of course, if you have any questions or would like to share your experiences with us, please visit our Facebook page and post them there.

New York-based Bug Off Pest Control Center rang in 2013 by opening its Career Training Center to stage live events for as many as 50 pest management professionals (PMPs) at a time. Andy Linares, Bug Off Pest Control Center’s owner, said the industry distributor and educator now occupies three connected storefronts in the Washington Heights suburb of New York’s Manhattan borough.For years, Bug Off Pest Control Center has encompassed two adjacent storefronts: one for its distribution center and administrative offices, and a second, connected space for storage of thousands of different pest management products, training manuals and various Bug Off gear.

Open just six months, Bug Off Pest Control’s Career Training Center by July 1 will have held six live events collectively attended by about 200 PMPs, including: ■A two-session, 12-hour seminar in January, covering: »pest management in food processing facilities; »public health issues; »structural pest management trends and tips; and »rodent management best practices; ■A five-session, 35-hour basic pest management training course in February for licensure in New York; ■A two-session, 12-hour termite management workshop in March; ■A special half-day event in April: “The Future of Bed Bug Management” (see page B22 for a recap of this event); ■Another two-session, 12-hour termite management workshop in May; and ■A one-day, 12-hour preparatory course for the Entomological Society of America’s (ESA’s) Associated Certified Entomologist (ACE) exam. Dr. Stuart M. Mitchell, principal technical specialist for Sarasota, Fla.-based PestWest Environmental and Pest Management Professional’s (PMP’s) technical editor, will serve as instructor for this course on June 27. Dr. Mitchell brings three decades of experience in the professional pest management industry. A Board Certified Entomologist (BCE), he has served as: a technical specialist, technical director, consultant, expert witness, columnist, author, speaker, interim technical director for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), and the Entomological Society of America’s Board Certified Entomologist Director.

Linares said Bug Off Pest Control Center plans to hold live educational events at its Career Training Center at least monthly. In addition to several special events, Bug Off Pest Control Center plans to repeat its food plant/storage seminar, termite management workshop, and ACE preparatory course two to four times a year, as well as its five-session, basic training course for licensure in New York four to six times a year. “Bug Off Pest Control Center’s new Career Training Center arms PMPs with training on the latest control technologies and techniques so they can turn today’s obstacles into tomorrow’s opportunities,” Linares said.

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