May 2015 





SPMAO Stewardship Letter 


As the busy season approaches, SPMAO wishes to remind all owners, operators and technicians to stay aware of all rules, regulations and legislation impacting the application of pesticides and the pest management industry.
Remember these points and reinforce them with your team:
  • The label is the law. Always read and follow all label instructions when mixing, storing, applying or disposing of pesticides. Pesticide labels change from time to time and may vary from one manufacturer to another.  Read the label before every application.
  • Communicate with suppliers to learn about label updates or changes in use patterns for pest management products.
  • Make sure that both the target pest and the application site are listed on the label.
  • If you cannot get a pest issue under control, seek help from a senior technician, supervisor, supplier, or other members of the association.
Have a safe and productive summer season!


Save the Date for the 2016 SPMAO Annual Conference 


Save the date for the 2016 SPMAO Annual Conference to be held January 20-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan/Toronto.

To make your reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn Vaughan/Toronto, please click here.

Stay tuned for more details!


QualityPro Releases Comprehensive Update  

The new QualityPro Certification Handbook includes updated standards that define professionalism in pest management. Resources available to applied and certified companies have also been updated to ensure compliance with recent hiring regulations. For the first time, companies that have been in business for less than two years can gain access to these valuable resources. Read more...


New Online ACE Exam Prep Track Unveiled 

For many pest management professionals, self-study doesn't come as easy as it did back in school. With that in mind, NPMA has developed an ACE Exam Prep Track to help you prepare for the rigorous ACE exam offered by the Entomological Society of America. This course provides you with a variety of on-demand resources that you will aid in your preparatory efforts.

This training is available on NPMA's Online Learning Center and includes:
  • An overview of the new ACE exam
  • A comprehensive resource and study guide
  • Currently over 8 hours of training, with new content added as it's developed
  • A weekly directed study schedule to keep you on track
  • A full-length practice exam
To begin, log-on to the NPMA Online Learning Center and register for the ACE Exam Prep Track. This training is $99.95 for members. 




Get your Structural Pesticide Licence and study at your own pace with our "Two Day Get Started Course" for only $200 or learn more with our "Five Day In-Depth Course" for only $300.

Seats are limited, register early!
To register, text information to 705-879-0075 or email [email protected].


Structural Pesticide Licensing Preparation Course 

May 30- June 1, 2015
Best Western
161 Chisholm Drive, Milton, ON 


Pest Certified is offering a 3 day weekend course that is designed to help students pass the Ministry of the Environment pesticides licensing exam.


The course will review the Ontario Pesticides Act, safety protocols, IPM principals, math calculations for mixing and applying product. Pest biology and habits. Safe use and selection of pesticides.


Students need to apply for the licensing package which contain the study material prior to the course commencement. Applications for the licensing material and exam can be found here.


Preparation course fee: $395 plus HST


To register for the preparation course please email Jeff Twinn or contact him directly at 519-719-8262 as space is limited.


Call for Nominations: Young Entrepreneur Award  

Deadline for Submission: August 29


NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil Pest Control, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination.


Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award 

 Deadline for Submission: August 29

NPMA is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, sponsored by Target Specialty Products. 

The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry - PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry. 

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville. Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.  


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PWIPM Now Accepting Nominations for the Professional Empowerment Grant  
Deadline for Submission: August 2 
PWIPM is now accepting nominations for their annual Professional  Empowerment Grant. This grant will be awarded to one female who is interested in advancing or securing a career in pest management. This grant may be used by the recipient to defer costs related to advancing their career or education in the pest management industry. The grant will be a minimum of $1000. It also includes $500 towards travel expenses to attend the National Pest Management Association's PestWorld in Nashville, TN in October 2015.  Click here for more details and requirements.