Project Description

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Course

This course takes students through all the steps to successfully complete a WDO inspection (13645 form) according to the standards set by the pest control industry and the Florida Department of Agriculture.  For the final activity, students will perform an actual WDO inspection and complete the 13645 form for that inspection.  Topics include:
  • Learn the biology of termites, beetles, and fungi
  • Learn the laws and liabilities regarding 13645 inspections
  • How to look for WDO damage, evidence, and live WDO’s
  • What is NOT a WDO
  • Learn the industry baseline practices
  • Complete a 13645 form for an inspection you perform at our structure on site

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Course

  • Course is Thursday 8AM to 5PM, and Friday 8AM to noon.
  • Cost is $235.00 for the course.
  • Lunch is provided Thursday (no extra charge).
  • All courses are taught at the UF MREC campus in Apopka, FL.

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Course

There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, we highly recommend taking the Termite Foundations course first if you are not very familiar with termites and WDO pests.  This will allow you to focus on learning the details of the inspections and not get overwhelmed trying to also learn a dozen pests at the same time.

Planning on becoming a Certified Pest Control Operator (CO) in Florida?

You can now take the state exam here at Pest Management University.  Friday afternoon (immediately following any of the Master’s level courses) the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) will come in and offer a special session of the state certified operator exam to those that qualify.  We cover all the key points at Pest Management University that the state of Florida bases their certified operator exam on.  PMU students have a 100% pass rate on the state termite exam.  There are no additional fees charged by us at PMU.  You only pay the FDACS exam fee.

To qualify to take the exam at PMU, you must:

  • Take the related Foundations and Masters courses
  • Meet the state requirements (3 years of experience and completed 45 jobs)
  • Apply and be pre-approved by FDACS to take your state exam (you must still pay the FDACS exam fee)
  • Contact us if you have questions

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JOE JONOVICHCourse Instructor
Has a M.S degree from the University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department. Joe has been in industry for over 25 years. He has owned his own pest management company, worked for a large manufacturer, worked as a technical director for a Top-20 company, and currently offers training and consulting for the pest management industry and related fields.
FAITH OICourse Instructor
Dr. Oi is the director for Pest Management University and Florida’s Statewide School IPM program. She also directs graduate students and works closely with industry on research designed to solve pest problems important to Florida. Dr. Oi earned her Ph.D from the University of Florida (Gainesville), Entomology and Nematology Department., where she studied termite-foraging dynamics. She received her M.S. from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Department of Entomology, where she worked in agriculture.
PAUL MITOLACourse Instructor
Paul is an Environmental Consultant with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Bureau of Scientific Evaluation and Technical Assistance, Entomology and Pest Control Section. He began his career in the pest control industry in 1979 as a technician and worked throughout his career as a service manager, distributor, and owner of various pest control companies. Paul was an IPM technician at the University of Florida for several years before his employment with FDACS, first as an inspector, then as their Environmental Consultant. He is certified in all categories and his major role involves covering regulations, the label and hands-on activities to enforce classroom learning.

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