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Safe Pest Management Practices for Schools

Course Code: AE0701CA16

Safe Pest Management for Schools
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Last Held: November 12, 2015
8:30am - 4:00pm (Check in time: 8:00am)

Next offering TBD.


Roaches, rats and mice in school? No parent wants to hear those words unless their children are describing science class. Unfortunately, unwanted infestations can happen anywhere. School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is about the non-chemical approach to solving pest problems. However, if a pesticide is warranted it should be done responsibly and in strict accordance with label directions. Only pesticides having the least risk to people and the environment should be used in a school IPM program. IPM uses a combination of safe, effective pest management techniques to eliminate insect or rodent infestations and prevent future problems. Here are just a few great reasons to use the IPM approach in schools:

It's a great money-saving strategy for schools with tight budgets. In the past, schools often paid for monthly applications, whether needed or not. IPM minimizes the use of expensive chemicals by combining a variety of other management techniques such as monitoring pest populations, sanitation, structural maintenance and physical, mechanical and biological controls.

It's safer for kids - and adults too! Young children are very sensitive to pesticide exposure because of their unique metabolisms and tendency to put things in their mouths. Teachers and parents may also suffer harmful effects. Implementing IPM reduces everyone's potential contact with toxic chemicals.

It's good for your business. If you are a Certified Pesticide Applicator or Health Officer/Registered Environmental Health Specialist, understanding how to use the IPM approach can be your biggest selling point to potential clients and institutions.

It's the law. New Jersey's 2002 School Integrated Pest Management Act requires schools to minimize their use of pesticides/rodenticides and to adopt an IPM policy consistent with guidelines issued by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

Learn how to take advantage of all the benefits of IPM in this one-day course. You will learn how to manage pests in a way that minimizes health risks while still complying with New Jersey's strict regulations. You will also learn that implementing an effective school IPM program is a team effort. With its emphasis on monitoring and recordkeeping, IPM requires trained pest control professionals to work closely with school administrators, custodians, food service managers and groundskeepers. To be successful, everyone involved should be trained in the goals and strategies of an IPM program.

You will also learn to:

Stay on the right side of the law. We'll give you all the details of NJ's School Integrated Pest Management Act and teach you how to know that you’re in compliance.

Design and implement an IPM program in any school. This step-by-step review will include special considerations required for schools, including the cafeteria, locker rooms, student lounges and grounds. You'll also get valuable IPM reporting forms to use in planning your program.

Incorporate crucial IPM requirements into your bid specifications. Without the right bid specs, an IPM plan is just another piece of paper.


Richard Kammerling
, RK Chemical Systems (Faculty Coordinator)
Tim Boyle, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Dr. George Hamilton, Rutgers University - Department of Entomology
John Nason, Rutgers University - University Sanitarian

What Past Attendees Say About this Class

  • 100% attendees [since 2009] would recommend this course to a colleague
  • 90% of attendees [since 2009] rate the program very good to excellent

The November 12, 2015 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

NOTE: Individuals who wish to receive pesticide recertification credits at any of our courses will need to know their applicator license number. Please bring your pesticide license with you to class.

Pesticide Credits


1 unit in 8B
2 units each in 3B, 7A
3 units in CORE
4 units in 7D
6 units in 13

3 units in 11
8 units in 18
8 units in 23

If you need these credits, you must notify us at least 15 days before the course start date. For details, visit here and read the information under “IMPORTANT CHANGE.”

6 Contact hours

8 units in 3A
8 units in 3C
8 units in 6
8 units in 7A
8 units in 7B
8 units in 7C
8 units in 7D

DE: This course will be submitted for approved pesticide credits upon completion of the program if requested by attendees.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
3 Technical, 3 Government

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).
CEs for Safe Pest Management Practices for Schools are still pending.

Rutgers CEUs

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.