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This course is an in-depth training program for individuals responsible for managing pests in food processing and pharmaceutical plants and facilities. You will learn the principles of pest management in food processing plants, and study timely information on sanitation, food laws, and regulations, pesticides and their application in food plants, pest-proofing and fumication practices for food plant operations, and warehouse pest management. You are expected to occasionally consult pest management textbooks, such as the Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, 7th Edition, which is highly recommended and can be purchased through our online catalog also. Other readings are provided in the course packet.

Who will benefit from this course?

Warehouse managers
Food plant personnel
Public health professionals
Food Sanitarians
Graduates of the Introduction to Urban and Industrial IPM course
Quality assurance managers
Pest control operators
Pharmaceutical personnel
GMP managers
Chemical industry personel

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.


$288 Correspondence course fee plus shipping and handling (book not included)
$278 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.

Food Plant IPM / Correspondence 2018
Food Plant IPM / Online 2018