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Programs are offered in these main categories.

National Wildlife IPM

Wildlife Damage Management IPM (Available Online or Correspondence)

Welcome to the Wildlife Damage Management IPM Training Program. We hope that this course will be the beginning of a long and successful career in the field of wildlife damage management.

The course is structured to inform you of the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to perform wildlife damage management in a safe, responsible, effective, and ethical manner. We endeavored to find the delicate balance between thoroughness and brevity. Be assured that much more could have been included, but we wanted to avoid overwhelming students. We encourage everyone, however, to be a life-long learner. Animals have much to teach us. The key is to be willing and open to learn.

The Basic Course consists of 17 separate modules that are divided into two sections:

Section 1, the Core Curriculum, contains twelve modules. These modules are considered "core" because they contain information every wildlife control operator (WCO) should know regardless of where he/she lives. In other words, the content of these twelve modules is not tied to a particular region.

Section 2, Species Modules, review the specific facts and techniques used to manage human-wildlife conflicts with particular animal groups. For the Basic Curriculum, we included only five species modules, including: Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, Tree Squirrels, and Unprotected Birds. These five were chosen as they represent the diversity of issues and control methods needed to handle almost any wildlife problem. If you know how to handle the species of these five modules, you can easily learn to control others.

All the species modules follow the same outline: Biology, Damage Identification, and Control Methods. Only control methods that are considered suitable for wildlife control operators were included. We only excluded methods that were illegal at the federal level, so be sure to check your state and local laws to see if the discussed methods are legal in your area.

Summation: The course was designed to provide you with an awareness of the issues and concepts essential to the field of wildlife damage management. With that core information in hand, we then present you with specific issues you will control as you enter the field and apply your skills to resolve client complaints (species modules).

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 765-494-2748.

Authors: The authors of this course bring more than 70 years of experience in the field of wildlife damage management.

  • Professor Scott E. Hygnstrom, School of Natural Resources
  • Stephen M. Vantassel, Project Coordinator, School of Natural Resources
  • Dr. Paul Curtis, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Department of Natural Resources

Who will benefit from this course?

Wildlife control operators
Nuisance wildlife control operators
Food plant personnel
Warehouse managers
Pest control operators
Real estate professionals
Quality assurance managers
Turfgrass managers

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.


$369.95 Correspondence course fee plus shipping and handling (includes text book)
$320 Online course fee (includes online reading materials)

No textbook is required for the online course, but one is available on our site for purchase. This book has extra chapters and is a good resource, we encourage you to consider purchasing one as a resource guide..

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:

Students who take the program will be National Wildlife Control Operators Association certified provided they pass the final exam with an 80% at no additional charge. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion provided they pass the lessons and final exam at 70%.

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.

Wildlife Damage Management IPM / Correspondence 2018
Wildlife Damage Management IPM / Online 2018