VWDMA to host 10th Annual Spring Conference Training Event


February 12, 2024



The Virginia Wildlife Damage Management Association (VWDMA) will host the 10th Annual Spring Conference Training Event for the wildlife management industry in Virginia and surrounding states.

The conference will take place March 21-22 at Comfort Suites at Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen, Va.

On March 21, the conference will present the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1). Attending this course and successfully passing the exam can earn attendees eight continuing education units (CEUs) toward their Virginia Commercial Nuisance Animal Permit (CNAP) renewals. In addition, attendees will earn the NWCOA Bat Standards Certification, receive a certificate of completion and gain use of the NWCOA Bat Standards logo.

The Bat Standards Certified Course (Part 1) covers bat biology (little brown, big brown, free-tailed and pallid bats), bat behavior, bat identification, bat morphology, service agreement language for bat removal and guano removal, seasonal restrictions, inspection techniques, equipment, safety, detailed exclusion techniques, job pricing, decontamination techniques, rabies, bat handling, updated white-nose syndrome information, and much more.

This course is a one-day, classroom-style training course taught by Certified NWCOA Instructors. Upon completion of this course and successful passing of a test, attending wildlife control operators (WCOs) will become NWCOA Bat Standards Certified. Successful students will also receive a certificate of completion and have use of the logo mark in marketing materials.

On March 22, join VWDMA for a full day of education that will include sessions on species, control, exclusion, business management topics and regulatory updates. In addition, attendees are invited to join the organization in welcoming new Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Furbearer Project Leader Leah Card.

Anyone working in the wildlife damage management or the pest management industry is welcome to attend the conference.

For more information or to register, visit the VWDMA’s conference page.


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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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