Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Bat Standards Compliant Training
Course Code: AE0901CA16
The purpose of this training was to define Standards of Practice and establish a minimum uniform standard for Wildlife Control Operators (WCO's) when performing bat-related work to resolve conflicts between humans, bats and structures.
The intent was that these standards be recognized and accepted by governmental regulators and professional groups as the minimum definitive and technical standards for professionals.
The goal was to emphasize the importance of resolving human/bat conflicts in a manner that both protects human health and provides a conservation-minded approach to protecting our wild bat resources.
The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) has identified a need to define and quantify what constitutes a professional bat roost mitigation from structures and to inform service providers regarding the impact of White Nose syndrome on existing bat populations. The curriculum of this training course is standardized and being provided by the NWCOA.
Those who completed the course received an extensive manual and NWCOA certification valid for 5 years. In addition, eligible attendees received 4.5 instructional hours (0.45 CEUs) for their participation in this program.
Continuing Education Credits
- New Jersey – 4 units in 2 (Forest), 7A (General & Household Pests), 8A (General Public Health), 9 (Regulatory) and 3 units in CORE (Basic Safety & Handling)
- Pennsylvania – 5 credits in 15 (Public Health-Vertebrate Pest), 18 (Demonstration and Research) and 23 (Park/School Pest Control)
- Maryland – 8 credits in 7C (Wildlife)
ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 4.50 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
About the Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Our interdisciplinary department specializes in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. We study the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, conserving and restoring native ecosystems, and issues of global change such as managing natural resources within urban ecosystems.
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Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901