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The recently updated Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM course is designed to help you manage insect, rodent, and other pest problems in structural situations. Topics include fundamentals of pest management; safe use of pesticides; and development, classification, and identification of insects. You will also study cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, termites, and other wood-destroying organisms, fleas, and ticks, flies, and mosquitoes, rats and mice, birds, urban wildlife, and other pests important to our health, property, and food supplies. Sanitation and pest management in food processing plants and specialized facilities are also included.

If you wish to order ONLY the Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations (7th edition) Textbook, click here.

The Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, 7th Edition, which is highly recommended and can be purchased through our online catalog also.

Who will benefit from this course?

Service technicians
Owners of pest control businesses
Food industry professionals
Chemical industry professionals
Managers of pest control businesses
Public health workers

Delivery Options:

Correspondence & Online


You may enroll at any time. There are no prerequisites. Students have 12 months to complete the advanced course. Participants in this class should expect to study three to five hours per lesson. If you cannot complete the course in 12 months, you may purchase a one-time, six-month extension for $50.


$244 Correspondence course fee plus shipping and handling (book not included)
$234 Online course fee (book not included)

Refund Policy

Students who wish to return a course after all materials are received back at Purdue in new condition will receive a pro-rated fee refund according to the following schedule. Shipping fees will not be refunded.

Within 15 days from the date of enrollment 100%
15 - 30 days after the date of enrollment 50%
30 days after the date of enrollment No refund

For online courses, once you start the program there is no refund.

About Certification:

To determine if these courses have been approved for certification, recertification, or continuing education credits in your state, contact your state's pesticide regulatory office or click on our interactive Pest State Certification map .

We are here to help you succeed. If you have any questions, please e-mail pest@purdue.edu or call 855-311-0002 or 765-494-8619.

Purdue is committed to making its programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require an accommodation or special assistance for this program due to a disability, please contact us at 765-494-8619.

Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM / Correspondence 2018
Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM / Online 2018
Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM / Spanish Online 2018