Less than 1 week away! KPU Professional Pest Management Course – February 18-20 (Online)

Hello SPMABC members,

Just one more reminder to let you know there is still time to sign up for the Professional Pest Management Module 1 training from KPU, which will be delivered online this year.

For those of you needing extra credits towards recertification, this course will offer 5 overall credits.

Please see our previous post which contains more details.

For more information or any questions regarding the course please contact fsh.ps@kpu.ca.

Approved Credits for Upcoming CPMA Conference and NPMA Back In Action

Hello SPMABC Members,

I know many of you have been eagerly await this update, so I am happy to finally confirm that the following sessions for the CPMA conference have been approved for recertification credits:

Session DateSession TimeSession TitleApproved Credit
February 22, 20219:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PSTHow COVID-19 Has Permanently Altered the Candidate/Employee/Employer Relationship1 credit Professionalism
February 22, 202111:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. PSTVancouver Rodent Project Update1 credit Pest Management
February 22, 202112:10 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. PSTHealth Canada Regulatory Update – Business Information0.5 credits Act and Regulations
February 23, 20218:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. PSTCockroach Control: Where We’ve Come from and Where We’re Going1 credit Pest Management
February 23, 20219:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. PSTWhen is a Pest a Pest: Understanding Arthropod Diversity in Structures1 credit Pest Management
February 23, 202111:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. PSTAnt Identification: Learning to Identify Ants Like A Pro!1 credit Pest Management
February 23, 202112:10 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. PSTHealth Canada Regulatory Update – Applicator Information0.5 credits Act and Regulations
February 23, 202112:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. PSTCaution: Slippery When Wet! – Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace0.5 credits Human Health & Safety

If you have not already done so, and wish to participate, you may register for sessions at the link below.

https://www.pestworldcanada.net/meetings-events/2021-virtual-pest-management-canada/

We’re also excited to confirm that the upcoming NPMA Back In Action Web Sessions have been approved for the following credits:

Session DateSession TimeSession TitleApproved Credit
Friday, February 26, 20211:00-2:00PM ESTKeeping Roof Rats from Turning Your Rodent Control Efforts into a Circus1 credit Pest Management
Friday, February 26, 20212:00-3:00PM ESTOptimizing Rodent Control for Commercial Accounts1 credit Professionalism
Friday, February 26, 20213:00-4:00PM ESTManaging House Mice: America’s Most Common and Most Under-Appreciated Rodent Pest1 credit Pest Management
Friday, March 26, 20211:00-2:00PM ESTEverything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Carpenter Bees1 credit Pest Management
Friday, March 26, 20212:00-3:00PM ESTTermites: Understanding the Past and Looking to the Future1 credit Pest Management
Friday, March 26, 20213:00-4:00PM ESTMeet the (Wood Destroying) Beetles!1 credit Pest Management
Friday, April 23, 20211:00-2:00PM ESTBig Picture Pest Control for Small Fly Problems1 credit Pest Management
Friday, April 23, 20212:00-3:00PM ESTUncontrollable Ants… Or are They?1 credit Pest Management
Friday, April 23, 20213:00-4:00PM ESTBeyond the Brown Recluse: Managing Nuisance Spiders in Homes1 credit Pest Management

If you would like participate in the NPMA sessions, please visit this page to register.

https://npmapestworld.org/education-events/upcoming-events/back-in-action-2021-training-webinars/

If you are seeking a credit which is not listed above (I know many of you have expressed a concern for application technology credits) and your renewal is coming up this year, we would recommend seeking an online course to satisfy that requirement. I have included below a list of online training websites with training sessions that are available for recertification credits.

https://pestweb.ca/protraining

https://www.pdsolutions.ca/

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns at this time.

KPU Professional Pest Management Course – February 18-20 (Online)

Hello SPMABC Members!

KPU will once again be offering the Professional Pest Management Module 1 training this year from Feb. 18-20, however, this time, due to COVID-19, it will be delivered online.

KPU Professional Pest Management | Module 1

The Professional Pest Management (PPM) course was designed for industry professionals and anyone interested in learning more about pest management. The content was created by Dr. Cameron Lait, a respected entomologist and co-chair of KPU’s School of Horticulture. This course is recognized by the Structural Pest Management Association of BC (SPMABC) and students who successfully complete Module 1 will receive five credits towards their pest applicator license recertification.

Course Format

Module 1 includes online lectures, lab demonstrations and quizzes delivered over three days. Students will need access to a computer with a microphone and web cam, as well as high speed internet to participate in classes. Students are encouraged to review lecture slides prior to each class and be prepared to discuss. There will be a brief quiz at the beginning of each class to review material from the previous day. At the end of the three-day training, there will be an exam to test your knowledge of all of the content covered.

Content Module 1

  • Basic insect biology
  • Taxonomy/identification
  • Survey of important structural pest orders and families
  • Pest behaviour
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) philosophy and practices
  • Basic pesticide chemistry, safety and regulations
  • Professionalism and safety protocols at the work site
  • Documentation

Course Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete the course will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify key morphological features of arthropods
  • Understand basic insect biology
  • Understand integrated pest management principles
  • Recognize insect behavior as related to structural pest management
  • Manipulate live or preserved specimens without damage
  • Identify arthropods from live or preserved specimens to Order or Family using a range of resources and keys
  • Recognize the hazards associated with the use of chemical pesticides

Who Will Benefit

  • Professional Pest Managers
  • Pest Control Technicians
  • Exterminators
  • Public Building Managers
  • Landscape Managers
  • Environmental Advocates
  • Childcare Safety Advocates
  • Regulatory Personnel
  •  

Tuition cost: $375 (plus GST)

Instructor: Dr. Cameron Lait, BSc (Biology), PhD (Major Plant Biochemistry & Physiology)

Dates: Feb. 18, 19 & 20, 2021 (We, Fr, Sa) | 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Location: ONLINE

REGISTRATION: kpu.ca/cps-pest

CE Credits: 5 industry-recognized credits issued by the SPMABC

For any questions regarding the course please contact fsh.ps@kpu.ca.

Web-Based CPMA Conference 2021

Hello All,

Due to COVID-19, the CPMA will be hosting its annual conference virtually this year.  We have put together a great lineup of speakers and topics.  As always, there will be a Management Day and a Technician Day.  For Provinces where continuing education credits are permitted; we have submitted the sessions for approval. 

The CPMA is committed to providing for its members, and this year we are offering the virtual sessions at a very affordable rate of $75 for the Management Day and $50 for the Technician Day (includes tax). An a-la-carte option is available on demand the first week in March at $25.00 a session. 

Let’s please support the CPMA by showing up in strong attendance from the SPMABC members as always!

https://www.pestworldcanada.net/meetings-events/2021-virtual-pest-management-canada/

SPMABC Early Bird Deadline in 15 days! Introducing new member updates page!

Hello SPMABC members!

This is your friendly reminder that the deadline for early bird fees for SPMABC membership is fast approaching!

After December 31st, fees will increase as per the below table:

For our members who have not already submitted payment, you will receive another invoice reminder from Quickbooks today. Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email. 

Thank you so much to those who have already submitted their payment and submitted their application and certificate of insurance. Please note, your membership is not considered valid until we have received all three. Once we have receive your certificate of insurance and application, I will provide you with a link to a page where you can make your payment online.

We’d also like to introduce our brand-new News Updates page. Any updates we provide via email will also be posted here: https://spmabc.wordpress.com/. This is also linked from the SPMABC website (http://www.spmabc.com/) from News > News Updates

Wishing all our members a lovely holiday and all the best for 2021!

Warm Wishes!

Kiley Crossby

Executive Secretary, SPMABC

SPMABC Membership Invoices have been sent!

Hello,

Please be advised that all invoices for SPMABC Membership have now been sent to all Full, Associate, Supplier, Non-Profit, and National Members.

For our Full, Supplier, and National Members, please be advised that in order to qualify for early bird rates you will need to submit your membership form, proof of insurance and membership fees by December 31 2020.

Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email. If this was not done prior to the sending of the invoices (about 10 minutes ago), please check your junk mail folder for your invoice.

For this year, we are excited to offer an online payment option as well. Once you have submitted your proof of insurance and membership form (preferably via email to integratedpest@telus.net or info@spmabc.com), you will be provided with a link to our online payment page to make your fee payment.

Otherwise, cheques can be sent to Integrated Pest Supplies for processing (the address will be provided on the membership form, which will be attached to the invoice), but must be received prior to December 31st in order to qualify for early bird rates.

Please note that we are no longer offering the option to call and make a credit card payment over the phone. If you’d like to pay via credit card, you will need to do so via our online payment form.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about this.

Thank you for your continued support!

SPMABC Invoices for 2021

Hello SPMABC Members,

Many of you may have received an automated invoice for your SPMABC dues. Our invoicing system through Quickbooks had several of our members on an auto-invoice schedule, meaning that several of you may have received an invoice with last year’s membership form.

We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

Please note that this year’s invoice for membership fees for 2021 will be sent to our members on Monday, November 30th 2020.

In order to qualify for early bird rates you will need to submit your membership form, proof of insurance and membership fees by December 31 2020.

Please ensure that quickbooks@notification.intuit.com is added to your safe list for your email, or your invoice may go to your junk mail folder.

For this year, we are excited to offer an online payment option as well. Once you have submitted your proof of insurance and membership form (via email to info@spmabc.com), you will be provided with a link to our online payment page to make your fee payment.

Otherwise, cheques can be sent to Integrated Pest Supplies for processing (the address will be provided on the membership form, which will be attached to the invoice), but must be received prior to December 31st in order to qualify for early bird rates.

Please note that we are no longer offering the option to call and make a credit card payment over the phone. If you’d like to pay via credit card, you will need to do so via our online payment form.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about this.

Thank you for your continued support!

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy- 2019 Structural Sector Audit Report

Please see attached for the 2019 Structural Sector Audit Report from the Ministry of Environment.

This information is also available on the Ministry website:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/pesticides-pest-management/publications-guides

If you scroll to page 22 of the report, you might notice some familiar faces, as the report includes a picture taken at the SPMABC conference this past February.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

SPMABC Credits Available from PestWorld Conference (Oct 13-15)

Thanks to the diligent efforts of one of our members, we’re now able to confirm that we are able to offer credits towards recertification for our members.

We were pending confirmation from the Ministry of Environment, as they were reviewing the schedule for the conference.

For your reference, the following sessions are approved for credits:

TitleSPMABC Credit
Rat Behavior(1) Pest Management
German Cockroaches(1) Pest Management
Pest Control Crystal Ball(1) Pest Management
Invasive Asian Longhorned Tick(1) Pest Management
Mix it Up(1) Pest Management
Research Update Univ of TN(1) Pest Management
Brown Recluse Spider(1) Pest Management
Invasive Ants(1) Pest Management
Flea Control(1) Pest Management
Finding My Granule(1) Pest Management
Cracking Termite Code(1) Pest Management
Controlling Pests in Kitchen(1) Pest Management
Putting Foundation of IPM(1) Pest Management
Electronic Remote Monitoring(1) Pest Management
Safety Outcomes(1) Human Health & Safety
Specialty Fumigation(1) Pest Management
Novel Personal Safety(1) Human Health & Safety
City-Wide Rodent Management(1) Pest Management
Pest Prevention in Public Housing(1) Pest Management

We apologize for the delay in releasing this information, but we only just received the confirmation regarding credits.

It’s not too late to register for these online sessions: https://www.pestworld2020.org/registration/pestworld-registration/

The conference schedule can be found here: https://www.pestworld2020.org/program/schedule-at-a-glance/

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Welcome to our new website!

Hello SPMABC Members!

Because our training sessions and ability to connect as a community have been put somewhat on hold by COVID-19, we wanted to find a way to better connect to our members and create a place to share information.

We’ve continued to provide email updates to our members, but if your inbox looks anything like mine, it’s not always possible to peruse the updates as soon as they are sent.

Therefore, we’ve created an archive of sorts where updates can be accessed at any time.

We look forward to providing updates here as we move forward, but are still available for inquiries at info@spmabc.com.

Stay safe and hope to see you soon!

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