Tar Heel Pest Management News
January 2020
2020 PCT School Preview

The PCT School is quickly approaching!

We are excited to announce the headline speaker who will be speaking at the Opening General Session on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 

Ray "Cash" Care will join us to discuss team building and success.

According to his website, Care is a Navy SEAL veteran with multiple tours and other numerous overseas security details. He is a fitness expert and the f ounder of CONQUER, a leadership and team building program designed to push you physically, mentally and emotionally for individuals to break through personal barriers. 

The 2020 PCT School is going to be a great event, and we can't wait to see everyone in Durham!

Download the 2020 PCT School App
Available in Apple and Google App Stores

Our 2020 PCT School App is live!

Download it today for free from the  Apple  and  Google  app stores.

The app offers up-to-date information about the PCT School including session schedules, speaker information and push notifications. It will be updated regularly with the latest information available for attendees.
If you downloaded the 2019 PCT School App
The 2020 app is an updated version of the 2019 PCT School app. You do not need to download the app again!

Just open the app on your device and search for new content under the app's "Upcoming Events" section.


PCT Update: Casino Night

We have exciting changes coming to our Casino Night for the 2020 PCT School.

The event will be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

This year our plans are to make it even better! It will be in a larger room, and we are  changing how prizes will be awarded. 
  • All prizes will be on display with a bucket next to each donated prize. 
  • For every $500 in chips a person has at the conclusion of the games they will receive a raffle ticket that they can place in any bucket they choose. The more chips they have, the more chances they have to win something, but everyone with at least $500 in chips will still have a chance to win.
Don't miss this great kick-off to the PCT School! Register today.

In This Issue
PCT Registration: Book Your Hotel Now

Book your hotel for the 2020 PCT School now. 

The Sheraton Imperial Hotel is currently sold out. 

We have added a room block at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Raleigh Durham which is located next to the Sheraton. 

Check our website to register for the PCT School and book your room now.

Endowment Update

We have launched the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Mike Waldvogel to  support the ongoing work of NCSU, focusing on supporting positions that directly contribute to the education of our industry.

Contributions are being accepted by visiting
this site  or   downloading the contribution form.

Certification Reminders
Here are a few reminders for anyone taking the Structural Pest Control Certification Course and NC State Certification Exam.
  • Exam Study Guide: Purchase your Exam Study Guide separately and bring your Exam Study Guide with you to the course. 
  • Exam Registration: NC State Certification Exam registration must be received by the Department of Agriculture 10 days prior to the exam. Registration link.
  • Exam fee: The Core exam is free, but there is a charge of $25 for each phase exam. Bring your fee to the exam via a check or money order made out to NCDA.
Registration Open: NCSU Hands-On Training at PCT School
Join us at the 2020 PCT School for the NCSU Hands-On Training for Technicians/Spray School. 

This course was first offered at our 2019 PCT School and was a huge success! We are excited to bring it back for our attendees and are looking forward to having it ON-SITE at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center to make it easier for everyone to attend.

We'll offer the following topics:
  • B&G Breakdown and Repair
  • Fly Control & Drain Applications
  • Respirator Fit & PPE
The course will focus on proper equipment handling, calibration and repair and ensuring accurate pesticide application rates and techniques. This program will be capped at 90 participants, so please register early to ensure your spot is reserved.

Registration Open: ACE Prep Course and Test
We are excited to again offer the  Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) prep course and exam at the 2020 Pest Control Technician's (PCT) School. 

We launched this program at the 2019 PCT School, and had an incredible result. Seven of the nine participants passed the exam!

Our goal is to help you through the entire process from completing the ESA application to passing the exam. 

Benefits offered to you.
  • Once you submit your commitment form, you will be assigned a mentor that will work with you to complete all the paperwork required by ESA to take the exam.
  • You will receive your study book immediately.
  • Your mentor will work with you from the time you commit until the day of the prep course.
  • Your mentor will be available to answer questions, encourage you and send you practice tests to start preparing on how to take the exam.  Our goal is for you to feel prepared when you walk in to review for the exam.
Start preparing NOW to become an Associate Certified Entomologist by completing and submitting your commitment form.  You will register and pay for the program in the 2020 PCT School Registration Form. 

Spring Workshop Dates Announced
The dates and locations for the NCPMA Spring Workshops have been announced. 

Wednesday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28579
Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
NCSU Structural Pest Management Training Facility
4000 Chi Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pitt County Extension Center
403 Government Circle
Greenville, NC 27834

Monday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cumberland County Extension Center
201 E Mountain Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Wednesday, February 26, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Hanover Extension Center
6206 Oleander Drive 
Wilmington, NC 28403

Monday, March 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Cabarrus County Extension Center
715 Cabarrus Ave W
Concord, NC 28027

Tuesday, March 3, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Forsyth County Extension Center
1450 Fairchild Road 
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Award Winners

Upcoming Events

Don't miss these upcoming events: 

2020 NCPMA PCT School
Jan. 26-30, 2020
Durham, NC

January Board of Directors Meeting
Jan. 27, 2020
Durham, NC

Spring Workshops
February-March 2020
Locations Statewide

July 23-25, 2020
Myrtle Beach, SC

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