The New York Pest Management Association (NYPMA) has launched its 2021 Master Technician Program, which offers upgraded training and credentials for pest management professionals (PMPs) in New York.
The program “supports, trains and develops the best professional individuals in the pest control industry who will abide by a strict rule of ethics,” according to a news release from the Albany, N.Y.-based organization.
“The goal of the New York Pest Management Association is to provide the highest level of training to its valued membership,” Sam Soto, Master Technician chair and incoming NYPMA president, said in the news release. “The Master Technician Certification Program has been designed to train and recognize worthy individuals in the structural pest control industry who want to set themselves apart in their careers by obtaining credentials showing their knowledge, passion and dedication to higher standards. The aim is to provide our technicians with the expertise needed to properly identify targeted pests and develop effective treatment plans utilizing IPM best practices.”
Qualified applicants must be Certified Commercial Applicators licensed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with at least three years of field experience. Candidates will have to be endorsed by their employer or a NYPMA member company in possession of a letter of good standing. All candidates are required to attend eight out of 12 modules consisting of courses, meetings or workshops within a two-year period. To become a Master Technician, PMPs must demonstrate solid ability and knowledge by passing all quizzes, including a final exam.
Member companies with Master Technicians will be highlighted on the NYPMA’s website and in marketing materials for consumer outreach.