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 access codes by submitting this form.

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

1. Each person taking the online WDI Recertification course needs to create an NPMA Online Learning Center (Learning Zen) account. If you already have an NPMA Online Learning Center account, click here.

  • To create an NPMA Online Learning Center account, click here.
  • Complete the account registration form with the technician's information.
  • When prompted for the authorization code enter: NPMA (please note if you have purchased a Prepaid Access Code, this is not where you enter it). If you don't enter this code, you will not automatically enter the course offereings, you will instead receive an email prompting your to activate your account.
  • Each technician seeking to register for the online class needs their own account with a unique email address.

2. Once your account has been created, or if you already have an account, click here and log into your account, then:Click on the "Study" tab

  • Click on "VPMA WDI Inspector Recertification" course listed. 
  • When you are prompted to "Pay for Course" either enter a credit card number, or if you have purchased a "Prepaid Access Code" enter it under the box that asks "Do you have a discount coupon code for this course?".
  • 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.

4. Once you have purchased the course, please read the "Outline" Tab before beginning the course.

5. Click on the "Chapter" tab.

  • Work your way through all five chapters. Be sure to close each chapter after completing it, before moving on to the next chapter.
  • Chapter 5 - print and read the VDACS update. VPMA will automatically submit recertification requests on your behalf to VDACS for 7-B and catagory 60 after you complete this program.
  • Complete the exam (you are not required to pass the exam, results are used for evaluation purposes only). 
  • At the conclusion of the course 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 are unable to move on to the next chapter, click on the "Study" tab and re-select the VPMA WDI Recertification course and then try moving on to the next chapter. If that doesn't work, log out of Learning Zen, close your browser, re-enter Learning Zen by clicking here, then resume the course.

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 27 & 28, 2017
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.

To get a sneak peak into the dynamic speakers, topics and practical information you will receive at the STM 2017, we will be adding bios and session desciptions below as the agenda developes!
Just click on the links below!

September 27, 2017 Business Management Day

Larry Oxenham - How Pest Control Owners Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes
Lisa Hanlin - Generations in the Workplace
Derren Steenwyck -
John Adkins -
Kevin Cornwell Wildlife as a New Department

September 28, 2017 Technical Sessions

Roger Gold - Keynote Session:
Kathleen Heinsohn
Dr. Dini Miller -
Ben Chambers - VT Research Updates: Stink Bugs
Roger Gold -
Molly Stedfast -
Liza Fleeson Trossbach - VDACS Reg Update
Randy Buchannon - Mosquitos

The VPMA 2017 Board of Directors Elections is underway! Click here to see the initial slate of nominations. 

Additional nominations can be made through August 21, 2017. To nominate yourself or another member, please submit your nomination(s) on your company letterhead to the VPMA office by email (, or by fax (540-374-9221).

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