Programs

VPMA Master Tech

Master Technician Program Overview

This program provides technicians with in-depth, hands-on training using state-of-the art microscopes. The series of six workshops investigate seven major pest groups - Ants, Bed bugs, Termites, Occasional Invaders, Cockroaches, Rodents and Flies.

At the completion of each workshop, participants will receive a certificate designating them as a VPMA Master Ant, Bed bug, Termite, Occasional Invader, Cockroach, Fly or Rodent Technician, respectively. Once a technician has mastered four of the pest groups, special recognition will be made at the final workshop designating them as a Master Technician.

For current offerings please see the Events tab on the home page of our website.

WDI Inspector Certification Training

This program prepares pest professionals to perform consistent, thorough inspections that their customers can truly rely on.

  • Each VPMA Certified Inspector is classroom trained, then tested to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and ability to conduct accurate termite reports.
  • Each Certified Inspector must be employed by a company holding a pesticide business license, which ensures that the inspector is backed by a company holding liability insurance.
  • Each Certified Inspector must also have a minimum certification by the Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS) that certifies their knowledge in general pests.

There is a self-study portion of this program so register early to provide time to receive study materials well in advance of the course.

For current offerings please see the Events tab on the home page of our website.

WDI Inspector Recertification Training

If your VPMA Certified WDI Inspector status expires this year you must complete the VPMA WDI Inspector Recertification Online program, or attend an in-person VPMA Certified WDI Inspector Workshop by June 30th of the year your certification expires. If your certification has already expired, you can renew it by completing the Online program or by taking an in-person VPMA Certified WDI Inspector Workshop but you must pass the exam (online or in person). If you have a number of employees that need to take the online course, you can purchase pre-paid vouchers by clicking here and selecting “purchase courses / exams.” Further instruction is provided below.

To access the online VPMA Certified WDI Inspector Recertification Workshop follow these steps:

1. Each person taking the online WDI Recertification course needs to create an NPMA user account in order to access the Online Learning Center. If you already have an NPMA user account, click here to login.

  • To create a new NPMA user account, click here.
  • Enter your email address and click “Login or Create New Profile.”
  • Complete the “Additional Information” and “New User Registration” forms with the technician's information.
  • Each technician seeking to register for the online class needs their own account with a unique email address.

 

  1. Once your account has been created, or you have logged into your existing account, you will be taken to NPMA’s Online Learning Center purchase page to buy courses or course vouchers.
  • To purchase a course for yourself: click “Select Course” under Redeem Voucher or Purchase Courses
    • Locate the “VPMA WDI Inspector RECERTIFICATION” course and click “add” to move the course to your cart. Click “Continue” to proceed to the payment screen.
    • Complete the required billing information, and click “Continue” to finalize your transaction.
    • Click “Go to NPMA Online Learning Center” on the purchase confirmation page to access the course. A confirmation email that contains a link to the online learning center will also be sent to the email address provided during registration.
  • To purchase course vouchers: click “Select Vouchers” under Purchase Voucher for Others to Use
    • Locate the “VPMA WDI Inspector RECERTIFICATION” course and click “add”, and enter the number of vouchers you want to purchase. Click “Continue” to proceed to the payment screen.
    • Complete the required billing information, and click “Continue” to finalize your transaction.
    • Your purchased voucher codes will be displayed on the purchase confirmation page. A confirmation email that contains your voucher codes will also be sent to the email address provided during registration.
  • To use a course voucher, login or create an account by clicking here and click “Select Courses” located under Redeem Voucher or Purchase Courses.
    • Copy/paste the voucher code into the text field under Redeem Voucher.
    • Click “Continue” to finalize your transaction and be taken to the confirmation page.
    • Click “Go to NPMA Online Learning Center” on the purchase confirmation page to access the course. You will also receive a confirmation email that contains a link to the online learning center will also be sent to the email address provided during registration.
  • If you are unable to purchase the course with a credit card please call VPMA at 877-875-8722 to arrange for an alternate form of payment.
  1. Once you have accessed the course in NPMA’s Online Learning Center, please read the welcome message before beginning the course. 

    5. To begin the course, click on “Course Content.”
  • Click “WDI Recertification Training Lessons”
  • Work your way through all five modules. To begin a module, click the link below the yellow instruction box.
  • Module 5 - Print the VDACS Update found in Module 5.1 before continuing onto Module 5.2. VPMA will automatically submit recertification requests on your behalf to VDACS for 7-B and category 60 after you complete this program.
  • Complete the exam (you are not required to pass the exam, results are used for evaluation purposes only). 
  • After the course is completed, a "certificate of completion" will be automatically generated that you should print and keep for your records. VPMA will also be notified that you have completed the course, and after verification that your VDACS license is current, we will mail your new WDI Inspector card within 30 days. If you don't receive your new card within 30 days, please call us at 877/875-8722 and be prepared to provide us with a copy of your "certificate of completion."

Troubleshooting: If you encounter any issues with accessing or completing the course, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703-352-6762.

 

VPMA Jeffrey M. Johnson Memorial ACE Prep Course and Exam
new_ace_rgb_2in_144.jpegFor current offerings please see the Events tab on the home page of our website.


Being ACE certified can give you and your company the edge it needs to compete successfully with other pest control providers. Many public and private institutions require independent certification for their pest control contractors, and increasingly the general public is seeking expert providers for every service.


The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program is offered to those with training and professional field experience in structural pest management. It's rapidly becoming the industry-standard for pest management professionals, growing at an average of 35% a year since the program's introduction.

State Technical Meeting

VPMA State Technical Meeting
September 25 - 26, 2018
Double Tree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, VA, 23235, US

Click here for a State Technical Meeting brochure and registration materials!

Vendors, click here for registration information. Booth space will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

State Technical Meeting - September 25 - 26, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA 23235
Make room reservations by using this link: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RICKSDT-VAP-20180921/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Everyone involved in the pest management industry in Virginia should attend the VPMA State Technical Meeting - there is a learning track for everyone, plus the networking and access to the packed Exhibit Hall give everyone a chance to learn first hand about the latest trends, products and services in our industry.

A Full-Registration includes both days of training, Pest Fest Dinner Banquet, hot lunches both days and access to the Exhibit Hall. Daily Packages for the Business Day, the Technical Day and the Admin track are also available. Read below for agenda details for each training track. We are even adding a new pre-conference social event called PMP Legends that is being held at the Legends Brewery in Richmond. See details below and join your fellow PMPs in the Beergarden for a Grill-out!

Management Day Sessions
September 25, 2018   
The management sessions provide information designed to help PMPs operate strong, successful businesses staffed by effective, motivated staff.
  • Navy SEALs: The Never Quit Attitude that Builds Success Through Teamworkl - Darren "McB" Burnett, Navy SEAL Retired
  • Becoming An Employer of Choice - Dennis Jenkins, ABC Home and Commercial Services of DFW
  • Successfully Lead Your Company Through the Change Needed for Growth -  Mark DiNunzio, Market Point Solutions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions; The Changing Landscape of the Industry - Panel Discussion
  • The Business of Bed Bugs - Danny White, BedBug Central
  • Creating a Winning Marketing Strategy - Donnie Shelton, Coalmarch

 
Admin Day Sessions
September 25, 2018   
The inauguration of the  STM "admin track" in 2017 was overwhelmingly well received.  The agenda features everything an admin needs to keep the office running efficiently.  
  • Time Management - Laura Hamilton, CSP
  • Emotional State Mastery, for Success in Life and Business - Mark DiNunzio, MarketPoint Solutions
  • Telephone Professionalism - Laura Hamilton, CSP
  • Pest Managment 201: What Admin Staff Should Know and Communicate to Customers -
    Dr. Dini Miller, VA Tech 
Technical Day Sessions
September 26, 2018   
The inauguration of the  STM "admin track" in 2017 was overwhelmingly well received.  The agenda features everything an admin needs to keep the office running efficiently.  
  • Safety: Stupid Can Get You Killed! - Dr. Stuart Mitchell, PestWest USA
  • Close Encounters of the Spiders Kind - Daniel Dye, ACE Emeritus
  • Moisture Control and Pest Infestation - Doug Webb, Terminix International
  • Pesticide Regulation - the Price of Doing THIS Business - Liza Fleeson, VDACS
  • Small Flies and a Shake, Please! - Gene White, Rentokil
  • Cockroaches - Dr. Dini Miller, Virginia Tech
  • Advances in Termite Treatment Technology and Its Importance to IPM - Jason Meyers, BASF

Accomodations
DoubleTree by Hilton, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA 23235
Make room reservations by using this link: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RICKSDT-VAP-20180921/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Make your reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton today! Deadline to get the discounted rooms is Sept. 3rd, but rooms are going fast - the best way to make your reservations is through this secure link. The contracted rate is $104 per night. You may also make your reservation by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social Events at the State Technical Meeting
September 24, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
PMP Legends - A newly added pre-conference Social at Legend Brewery overlooking the James River. VPMA will have the entire Beer Garden to ourselves to enjoy a casual grill-out - bus transportation is available from the hotel to Legends and back.

September 24, 8:30 - 10:30 pm
Gold Sponsor Hospitality Suite - This is a casual social gathering of all conference participants - hosted by the Gold Education Sponsors.

September 25, 7:45 am
Past Presidents' Breakfast - This invitation-only breakfast is a special opportunity for all the past presidents of VPMA to come together.

September 25, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Pest Fest - This lively evening is the social high point of the STM! The evening begins with cocktails in the Gold Sponsor Exhibit Room, followed by a short business meeting and a deluxe buffet dinner! Pest Fest is included in the Business Day and Full Packages, and can be added as an individual ticket.

September 25, 9:00 - 10:30 pm
Gold Sponsor Hospitality Suite - This is a casual social gathering of all conference participants - hosted by the Gold Education Sponsors.

VPMA Leadership Enrichment Action Program (LEAP).
LEAP
is a new and innovative leadership development program. The innaugural class of professionals will get a fresh take on leadership skills which can be put to immediate use in any size company, department or even in their personal lives. Submit your application to be part of this group of exceptional new leaders by August 1, 2018.

Click here to learn more.
Click here for an application.

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