Central Division Meeting and Accelerated AWDII Course

Central Division Meeting and Accelerated AWDII Course
February 21 and 22, 2017
Park Inn, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

The Central Division will be hosting their spring meeting on February 21st in conjunction with an accelerated AWDII course on February 21 and 22nd at the Park Inn on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA.


February 21 - Program Schedule

7:00 - 8:00am 
Registration / Exhibits Open / Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15am 
Benefits of Membership - Caleb Wright

8:15 - 9:15am 
Carpenter Ants - Dave Nardolli

9:15 - 10:15am 
Termite Biology and Treatments - Richard Spigler

10:15 - 11:00am 
Suppliers Corner / Door Prizes / Exhibit Hall Open / Coffee Break

11:00am - 12:00pm 
Equipment Safety and Maintenance - Kevin Connally

12:00 - 1:00pm 
Lunch -  50/50 Drawing

1:00 - 2:00pm 
Mosquitos - Kevin Conally

2:00 - 3:00pm 
Bed Bugs - Brian Kooney

3:00 - 3:30pm 
Dept of Ag Updates - Chad Whitmer


Credit Information

Must attend the full day to receive credits

Category 00 Core - (2 Credits)
Category 11 - (6 Credits)   
Category 12 - (4 Credits)   
Category 16 - (2 Credits)  
Category 18 - (8 Credits)   
Category 23 - (8 credits)

Direct questions to:
Ed Chamberlin (717) 530-1962 or Gary Lesher - PerryPC@pa.net



PPMA Accredited Wood-Destroying Insects Inspector Program

February 21 and 22, 2017
Park Inn, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Download the Registration Form

The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association Central Division is pleased to announce that it will be conducting a two-day training and exam session for individuals interested in becoming PPMA Accredited Wood Destroying Insect Inspector.

This course was the first of its kind in the United States, has been copied by many states, and hundreds of PMPs have become accredited. Those who have passed all the requirements for AWDII accreditation are the cream of the crop among WDI inspectors. This is how you “up your game” as a WDI inspector.

The dates for the course are February 21-22 at the Park Inn, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Call 717-697-0321 for hotel reservations.

The cost is $350.00 per attendee. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are provided on the first day, and morning snacks on the second day. Send all payments to PPMA Central Division, Chamberlin’s Pest Control, P. O. Box 429, Newburg, PA 17240. All study materials will be provided in an electronic format.

It is expected that each attendee will read and understand the course manual in advance of coming to the sessions. Class emphasis will be on hands-on specimen & damage identification, plus completion of appropriate graphs, supporting documents, and the NPMA-33 form.

Seating is limited, so sign up today. PDA Update Credits available for first day, Cat 11 & 12. 




8:00AM          Chapter 1: Introduction To Wood-Destroying Insects

9:00AM          Chapter 2: WDIs / Construction / Wood Terminology

9:45AM          Chapter 3: Termites                                                           

11:15AM        Chapter 4: Coleoptera

NOON Lunch

1:00PM          Chapter 4 Coleoptera, continued

1:15PM          Chapter 5 Hymenoptera, other than Ants

2:00PM          Chapter 6 Ants

2:45PM          Chapter 7 Fungi

3:00PM          Chapter 8-9 Occasional Pests / Special Situations

3:45PM          Chapter 10 – 11 The Inspection / Inspection Tools

5:00PM          Chapter 14 – 15 Liabilities / Responsibilities



8:00AM          Chapter 12 – 13 Completing Report & Graph

9:30AM          Questions / Review

10:00AM        The Moment Of Truth: Testing


It must be assumed that all participants will have read the course material prior to arriving for the course.

No Scheduled AM or PM Breaks – take as required – refreshments will be available.

No lunch scheduled for Day 2, but snacks will be available for quiet consumption during the exam.

Instructors will stay remain on Day 2 until the last exam is completed.



Ed Van Istendal: Mr. Van Istendal is a 1972 graduate of Penn State and has been a PA Certified Applicator since 1975. He has been employed in all phases of wood destroying insect identification and control, including over a decade as a consultant to the structural pest management insurance industry. He is past President of the PA Pest Management Association, chairs the AWDII Committee, and is a nationally recognized industry educator.

Dave Steiger: Mr. Steiger has over 50 years of structural pest control industry experience, and is a regionally recognized educator. He is currently the Director of The Insectarium in Philadelphia, where he educates people of all ages on the diversity and wonders of the Insect World. A former PDA regulator, Steiger is also an original contributing author of the PA Pest Management Association’s Accredited Wood Destroying Insect Inspector Manual and Course.

John Diesel: Mr. Diesel is an insurance associate with Consolidated National Insurers, Blue Bell, PA, specializing in coverage issues for the structural pest control industry. He has also been an instructor for the Maryland Pest Control Association and New Jersey Pest Management Association versions of this Accredited Wood Destroying Insect Inspector Program, and has over 20 years of industry experience.

Greg Ten Hoeve: Mr. Ten Hoeve is the New Jersey Technical Director for Terminix in New Jersey, serves on the PPMA Central Division Board of Directors, and has been the Chair of the NJPMA AWDII program, and brings decades of experience to the program.


Requisites For Accreditation

The applicant must be certified in PDA Category 12 [Wood Destroying Insects], or its equivalent in another state.***

The applicant must successfully complete the program covered by this manual.

The applicant must have a minimum of two years of experience performing wood destroying insect inspections.

The applicant must show evidence of completing a minimum of 25 wood destroying insect reports in accordance with the concepts and strategies presented in this manual.

The applicant must successfully complete the final exams of this program within two years of taking the course. The applicant may re-take all or any parts of the exams at the next scheduled course.

The applicant must pay all applicable processing, training, examination, update and / or renewal fees.

The applicant must verify completion of the Dow training video “Termite Workshop: Inspections”.

The applicant must verify completion of an elective wdi training video.

The applicant must submit 3 wdi reports, including graphs, which may be subject to on-site verification. The reports must include one each that covered the following situations: 1.) a structure indicating no visible signs of wdi damage, 2.) a structure indicating both visible wdi damage and signs of wdi activity, and 3.) a structure that indicates visible wdi damage but no signs of current wdi activity.

***this is NOT a course to prepare attendees for taking the PDA Category 12 exam. Attendees who take the course and who successfully pass all requirements achieve a voluntary accreditation that is NOT recognized by PDA, but which is administered and accredited through the Pennsylvania Pest Management Association.

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October 24 - 27, 2017
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November 13-14, 2017
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