On Feb. 22, the Michigan Pest Management Association (MPMA) sponsored its first Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Workshop, in conjunction with its annual winter meeting in Battle Creek.
The morning workshop was designed to help pest management professionals (PMPs) become qualified through the Entomological Society of America (ESA) as a candidate for the ACE, and then help the candidates structure a study program to eventually pass the proctored exam that afternoon.
The event was proctored by Bill Welsh, Rose Pest Solutions, and Jeff Spencer, Griffin Pest Solutions. Four PMPs successfully passed the exam to earn the ACE certification: Bob Andrews of Central Michigan Pest and Wildlife Management; Andrew Peterson of North Shore Pest Control; Christina Buell of Griffin Pest Solutions; and Josh Reed of Griffin Pest Solutions.
The MPMA has a long-standing goal of promoting camaraderie within the industry. This event brought together multiple PMPs from across the state in the interest of bettering themselves and the industry. We also recognize the investment made by both the candidates and their companies in time and money. By having MPMA host the event, many candidates could take advantage of an opportunity not normally available to them.
This was a successful inaugural workshop, and we look forward to the next class of candidates.
As Jeff Spencer notes, “When a PMP earns their ACE, that’s an accomplishment, it deserves recognition. Our industry, and many customers in the marketplace, understand what this designation means. We’re glad we could help them reach their goal.”
We also received support for this workshop from the ESA’s Chris Stelzig and Dr. Jim Fredericks from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Their guidance and suggestions were vital to our event staying on track and on time.
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