Stop School Pests Professional Development Training for School Staff

Students spend a major part of each day in school – at least 25% of the time they’re awake. An unhealthy school environment with hazards from pests as well as pesticides can have a profound effect on their health and well-being in the short- and long-term.

Mouse and cockroach allergen levels in schools have been significantly correlated with student asthma prevalence, while intense pesticide use affects the health of children and staff. Ensuring the health of students involves finding a balance in pest management efforts.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aims to prevent pests in the long-term, and utilizes the least-hazardous, most effective, sustainable and cost-effective methods to control infestations when they do occur.

Stop School Pests is a series of online learning materials designed for K-12 school staff to learn how IPM can help their school to use fewer pesticides and to prevent pests from entering schools and outdoor areas by using the science-based, common-sense approach IPM. The series contains individual training modules for different roles of school professionals that focus on the specifics of each of these roles.

Get started now and select your free professional development course!

  1. Visit this website
  2. Select a training module from the list and take the training on your own time
  3. To get a certificate email to get access to an online exam.
  4. Receive your certificate of completion.

What are the benefits of this training?

  • It’s free and flexible: Take the courses you want, when you want in this online learning program.
  • It’s credible: Learn the latest science and evidence from IPM School experts to improve your awareness and understanding of Integrated Pest Management and how it applies to you profession.
  • It’s practical: See real-life examples and pictures of schools using IPM in schools and get access to resources that help address any issues affecting your school.
  • Earn a certificate: Obtain a certificate of completion upon completing the courses and final evaluation (optional).

Who should take the training?

Stop School Pests IPM training for schools is a training package aimed at K-12 school professionals who are involved in the environmental health of schools.Specialized training is available for the following groups:

  • Facility Managers
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Administrative Staff
  • Teachers
  • Food Service Staff
  • Custodial Staff
  • Landscape and Grounds Staff
  • School Nurses

In-person Stop School Pests trainings can be arranged through the IPM Institute of North America. Please email to learn more or if you would like to schedule a training for your school.

Hear from the participants:

  • “I have been a school nurse for 25 years, and I cannot believe I learned so much helpful information in just one hour,” said Mary Griffin, a nurse in Arizona, after attending a training session piloting the Stop School Pests School Nurse Module.
  • A softball coach said that she did not realize that spraying pesticides without a license was illegal in her state until she went through the training.

Can I get a certificate?

Yes! Take the training on your own time and receive a certificate of completion after the final evaluation (optional). To get access to the final evaluation online please email

Who developed the training?

National experts on IPM and schools from universities, extension programs, research, school staff and non-profit organizations worked together to create the training. It is the first ever standardized, peer-reviewed, pilot-tested training that has undergone many rounds of feedback from participants working in schools to make sure it meets their needs.

Here is the full list of all the people who worked on the training:

Colorado State

Cornell University

Indiana University

IPM Institute of North America

Michigan State University

National Pest Management Association

Oregon State University

Texas A&M Agri Life

University of Arizona

University of Illinois

University of Nebraska

Washington State University

The training was developed with funding from:

University of Arizona – Arizona Pest Management Center

US Department of Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

US Environmental Protection Agency

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