Pest management professionals can jumpstart their careers through the Certified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician credential from the Entomological Society of America Certification Corp.
Designed for professionals with less than five years’ experience in pest management, the Certified IPM Technician (CIT) credential demonstrates a foundational skillset and commitment to the IPM principles and practices. Applications for the credential are now being accepted by the ESA Certification Corp.
“The new CIT credential gives pest management professionals who are relatively new to the field a way to get a leg up in their career and gain a competitive edge,” said Dr. Andrew Sutherland, Ph.D., BCE, urban IPM advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension and director of the ESA Certification Corporation’s Certification Board. “By showcasing their IPM know-how, CIT holders can boost their clients’ confidence in their professional ability to address pest management challenges.”
Certified IPM Technicians will receive digital credentials for display on professional profiles to promote their CIT status, including the right to display the letters “CIT” after their names. They will also receive discounts on ESA meetings.
Eligible applicants must have at least one year of pest management experience and be qualified to apply restricted-use pesticides in their jurisdiction. To receive the credential, candidates must pass an online exam on integrated pest management.
The ESA Certification Corp. is a leading provider of pest management industry certifications. The Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) program, for professional and degreed entomologists, was founded in the 1960s as the American Registry of Professional Entomologists and currently has more than 500 certified individuals. Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE), for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, launched in 2004 and has grown to having more than 1,200 individuals currently certified. In 2020, the ESA Certification Corp. partnered with the American Mosquito Control Association to create the Public Health Entomology (PHE) certification for professionals who work with pests that spread disease or pose other health risks.