Why is being Certified Entomologist a big deal?
Aren’t all “bug guys” Certified Entomologists?
To be a Pest Control technician, you have to work for a company that has another State Licensed Pest Control technician. Your company then has to pay the necessary fees for you to be a Registered Technician. Take it a level above that, and the Pest Management Professional can earn their License by taking an extensive exam. This exam is provided by the PA Department of Agriculture.
But here at Tomlinson Bomberger, we encourage on-going training and additional certifications that go beyond the state minimum requirements. We feel our clients deserve more than the status quo.
It’s this dedication to excellence that have allowed several of our Pest Management technicians to go on to achieve additional certifications. Many of our techs are Certified Wood-Destroying Insect Inspectors. And now the newest addition to our expertise: Associate Certified Entomologist.
Going Above and Beyond
Barry Bradley, Senior Pest Control Technician was recently certified as an Associate Certified Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation.
To achieve Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) status, a pest-control operator must have:
- A minimum of seven years of verifiable pest management experience
- The knowledge and ability to pass a rigorous test on insect pest control
- A current U.S. pesticide applicators license
- A willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics
What’s Required to be a Certified Entomologist?
The ACE examination includes questions about basic entomology; insect identification, life cycles, and control measures; health impacts of pests; ecological principles pertaining to pest control; environmental impacts related to pest control; integrated pest management (IPM); pesticide safety and health issues; pesticide technology and resources; organizations and associations of significance to the pest control industry; and laws and regulations affecting the industry.
Certification, knowledge, on-going training, and experience of keeping satisfied clients is what we are all about. Great job to Barry on his new certification, and to all of our other highly-skilled and aptly-trained Pest Control staff.
Update: As of 2019, Barry is now our Pest Control Supervisor. He oversees all our field technicians and is responsible for working with our Pest Control Manager to properly train and on-board new hires. In addition, Barry is responsible for assisting with continuing education for our Pest Control staff.