The Virginia Pest Management Association presents the 5th Annual Jeffrey M. Johnson Memorial ACE Prep Course and Exam. It will take place June 14 and 15, 2016, at the Virginia Tech – Richmond Center in Richmond, Va.
The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) certification is designed for pest professionals who have the knowledge and experience (at least 7 years) of pest identification, behavior and treatment, but don’t have the formal education to attain their Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) designation. The ACE Certification requires diligent self-study and preparation to pass the exam that is intended to verify that the individual seeking the ACE certification clearly understands the ins and outs of pest management.
Virginia Tech’s Dr. Dini Miller is the curriculum coordinator and lead trainer of this full day of training. The agenda includes a review of insect biology and morphology, and general pest knowledge for biting and stinging pets, cockroaches, pest ants, occasional invaders, rodents and stored product pests. Wood-destroying insects, pest management tools and practices and pesticide safety, laws and labels are also covered.
While the prep course cannot substitute self-study, the review does give participants the opportunity to clarify information they may be unsure of and is another chance to become familiar with the information. Past participants say they believe the prep course is an important element in their preparation, and that it gives them a boost of confidence going into the exam.