12 Years of Pest Control Training Courses

We offer a wide range of classroom and hands-on field training.

Pest Management University (PMU) is the world leader for education in the pest management industry. Make PMU part or your company’s pipeline for creating a well-trained workforce.

Attendees have come from over 20 states and countries around the world to attend PMU. Course content also applies to anyone in a field related to pest management including public health, schools, food safety, or regulatory fields.

Course content emphasizes hands-on learning. We balance college-level presentations with real-life experience. Our unique facility at PMU includes a 1200 square foot single family home and a 6,000 square foot “elements” area with every common construction type and wood destroying organism damage present.

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Dr. Oi is the director for Pest Management University and Florida’s Statewide School IPM program. She also directs graduate students and works closely with industry on research designed to solve pest problems important to Florida. Dr. Oi earned her Ph.D from the University of Florida (Gainesville), Entomology and Nematology Department., where she studied termite-foraging dynamics. She received her M.S. from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Department of Entomology, where she worked in agriculture.

FAITH OI, Ph.D, Director

Paul is an Environmental Consultant with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Bureau of Scientific Evaluation and Technical Assistance, Entomology and Pest Control Section. He began his career in the pest control industry in 1979 as a technician and worked throughout his career as a service manager, distributor, and owner of various pest control companies. Paul was an IPM technician at the University of Florida for several years before his employment with FDACS, first as an inspector, then as their Environmental Consultant. He is certified in all categories and his major role involves covering regulations, the label and hands-on activities to enforce classroom learning.

PAUL MITOLA, Instructor

Research focuses on the biology and management of weeds and invasive plant species in ornamental crop production and in landscapes. The primary goal of my research program is to improve upon current weed control practices and develop new methods of weed control using an integrated approach that combines both chemical and non-chemical management strategies. My extension program involves working with extension faculty and staff, growers, landscapers, homeowners, and other stakeholders to deliver the latest information on weed pests and provide the most effective, economical, and environmentally friendly methods of weed control in and around ornamental plants.

CHRIS MARBLE, Ph.D, Instructor

As the turf and ornamental entomologist, I am responsible for researching economically important pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants, and disseminating the results through management recommendations to extension faculty across the state. The ultimate goal of my lab is to generate more sustainable, ecologically based management strategies that benefit the environment as well as the turf and ornamental industries.

ADAM DALE, Ph.D, Instructor

Has a M.S degree from the University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department.  Joe has been in industry for over 25 years.  He has owned his own pest management company, worked for a large manufacturer, worked as a technical director for a Top-20 company, and currently offers training and consulting for the pest management industry and related fields.  

JOE JONOVICH, Instructor
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GHP Foundations (General Household Pests)

This is the introductory course covering General Household Pests including ants, roaches, rodents, laws & regulations, flies, mosquitoes, and spill clean-up. Emphasis is on being able to perform pest management effectively and safely. This course is designed to benefit both people brand new to the industry and people with over 30 years of experience. Even experienced pest control operators are surprised by how much they learn.


Termite Foundations

This is the introductory course covering Termites and Wood destroying organisms.  This course covers termite biology, product labels, laws & regulations, graphing, treatment techniques, slab types, treatment calculations, spill clean-up, and hands-on inspection of slab types & building elements. Emphasis is on being able to perform pest management effectively and safely. This course is designed to benefit both people brand new to the industry and people with over 30 years of experience.  Even experienced pest control operators are surprised how much they learn.


L & O Foundations (Lawn & Ornamentals)

This course is designed to be an introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Lawn and Ornamental Pests (L&O) in residential and commercial settings. Emphasis is on getting students capable of performing IPM safely and effectively.  Topics covered include: Safety & PPE, Proper Measuring, Plant Health Care, Equipment Use & Calibration, Weeds, Turfgrass Anatomy & Maintenance Requirements, Turf Diseases, Product Rotation, Ornamental Diseases, and Ornamental Pests.  Learn the biology of common L&O pests Review the labels of commonly used L&O products and learn about label updates Learn the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Understanding the requirements of FS 482 and 5E-14 as it relates to L&O Practice pest scouting and inspections and develop treatment strategies focused on IPM Do a vehicle inspection and spill drill with Paul Mitola from FDACS

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