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12 Master Technicians Join the Ranks in Virginia

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The Virginia Pest Management Association created this hands-on training program as a way for pest management companies to educate their technicians in a way that sets them apart as experts.

| December 10, 2010

Fredericksburg, Va. — The Virginia Pest Management Association announced the addition of 12 new master technicians to a growing group of pest management professionals that carry this exclusive designation in Virginia.

These master technicians have successfully completed at least four individual workshops focusing on different pest groups to qualify for this prestigious designation.  Technicians from the following seven Virginia companies joined the elite group of VPMA Master Technicians: 1st Choice Pest Control, Chesapeake; A-1 Inc. Exterminators, Chesapeake; Epling’s Pest Control, White Marsh; Federal Exterminating Service, Roanoke; ProTech Pest Control of Virginia, Springfield; Specialty Exterminating Co., Madison Heights; and Ward Pest Control, Arlington.

The Virginia Pest Management Association created this hands-on training program as a way for pest management companies to educate their technicians in a way that sets them apart as experts. Called the Master Technician Program, it prepares pest management professionals to be the “problem solver” for their customers in all pest matters.

The Master Technician Program provides technicians with in-depth, hands-on training in pest identification; biology and behavior; and inspection and treatment methods.  Workshops are currently available for Pest Ants, Termites, Occasional Invaders (including Bed bugs and Stink Bugs), Cockroaches, Rodents and Pest Flies.  Once an individual has successfully completed all aspects of at least four pest group workshops, they receive the designation of Master Technician. 

The Master Technician Program’s curriculum coordinator and lead trainer, Dr. Dini Miller from Virginia Tech, says, “Technicians rise to the challenge when given the opportunity to expertly identify and study insects that they commonly, or not so commonly, encounter in the field.  The scientific laboratory setting of the Master Technician Program encourages them to explore the intricate facets of each insect group.”

To learn more about VPMA Master Technicians, call 877/875-8722 or visit www.VPMAonline.com.

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