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IPM in Public Buildings and Landscapes

IPM in Public Buildings and Landscapes

IPM in Public Buildings and Landscapes


About Certification:

To determine if this course has been approved for certification, recertification, or continuing education credits in your state, contact your state's pesticide training office or certifying agency.

The need for safe pest management in public areas is beyond question; however, development and implementation of a specific Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is often difficult, always site specific, and constantly in need of monitoring. This course will train professional pest managers and public building and landscape managers to work together to develop and implement safe, effective IPM programs in sensitive public areas daycares, restaurants, museums, hospitals, and parks where mismanagement could lead to serious human and environmental harm. You will learn why pests and pesticides can become safety issues; when, where, and how pesticides can be used effectively and responsibly; what is policy and what is law; and how to recognize the key pests of buildings and landscapes. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of partnerships in developing effective IPM programs.

Course Work

Course work includes reading assignments and chapter exams that are completed and returned to Purdue University for grading. When you have completed the course work, a final exam will be sent to a proctor selected by you. Your proctor will administer the exam and return it to Purdue to be graded. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate from Purdue University.

You can expect to study 2-3 hours per lesson.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Professional pest managers
  • Public building managers
  • Landscape managers
  • Environmental advocates
  • Childcare safety advocates
  • EPA, USDA, and regulatory personnel

Delivery Options

Correspondence and Online


Open. You may enroll at any time. You will have one year from your date of enrollment to complete the program. If you cannot complete the course in one year, you may purchase a one-time, six-month extension for $50. Regardless of when it is purchased, the six-month extension begins the day after the course expires. This course is eligible to be transferred to another student if no lessons have been submitted for grading, either online or by correspondence. The original course expiration date will apply to the alternate student.


Course Fee $243 (Online Course Fee $233)
Shipping and Handling $10 Domestic
$40 Canada
$90 International


Professor Timothy J. Gibb, IPM Turfgrass Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
For more information: pest@purdue.edu