New Certificate Program Showcases Integrated Pest Management Skill

Certified IPM Technician credential now available for early-career pest management professionals

Annapolis, MD; November 1, 2021—Pest management professionals have a new opportunity to jumpstart their careers through the Certified Integrated Pest Management Technician credential from the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation.

Certified IPM Technician Designed for professionals with less than five years' experience in pest management, the Certified IPM Technician (CIT) credential demonstrates a foundational skillset and commitment to the principles and practices of integrated pest management (IPM). Applications for the credential are now being accepted by the ESA Certification Corporation.

"The new CIT credential gives pest management professionals who are relatively new to the field a way to get a leg up in their career and gain a competitive edge," says Andrew Sutherland, Ph.D., BCE, urban IPM advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension and director of the ESA Certification Corporation's Certification Board. "By showcasing their IPM know-how, CIT holders can boost their clients' confidence in their professional ability to address pest management challenges."

Certified IPM Technicians will receive digital credentials for display on professional profiles to promote their CIT status, including the right to display the letters "CIT" after their name. They will also receive discounts on ESA meetings.

ESA Certification CorporationEligible applicants must have at least one year of pest management experience and be qualified to apply restricted-use pesticides in their jurisdiction. To receive the credential, candidates must pass an online exam on integrated pest management.

The ESA Certification Corporation is the leading provider of certifications available to pest management professionals to demonstrate their expertise in entomology, and the Certified IPM Technician credential is the latest addition to the organization's growing portfolio.

The Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) program, for professional and degreed entomologists, was founded in the 1960s as the American Registry of Professional Entomologists and currently has more than 500 certified individuals. Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE), for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, launched in 2004 and has grown to more than 1,200 individuals currently certified. In 2020, the ESA Certification Corporation partnered with the American Mosquito Control Association to create the Public Health Entomology (PHE) certificate, for professionals who work with pests that spread disease or pose other health risks.

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The ESA Certification Corporation is the leading provider of certifications for entomologists and pest management professionals to demonstrate their expertise in entomology. The Board Certified Entomologist (BCE), Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE), Public Health Entomology (PHE), or Certified IPM Technician (CIT) credential signify advanced knowledge and skill in entomology and integrated pest management and a commitment to high standards of professional and ethical conduct. Learn more at