The NYC Rat Academy offers multiple course options for those interested in learning about rat management: a two- to three-hour course is available for the community, and a three-day course is offered for pest control professionals. Read about the courses and see which one is right for you.
The Health Department offers free Rat Management Training to encourage best practices in rat prevention and management. This short, two- to three-hour training is targeted to superintendents, building staff, property managers, homeowners, interested tenants, community gardeners and the local business community.
Each training can be tailored to the audience and neighborhood. Typically, the community-based training course is hosted and sponsored by a community partner.
To sign up for a community-based training, or for more information on how to host or sponsor a training, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311.
The Health Department offers a free, three-day, intensive rat control training course for pest control professionals.
The goal of the Rat Control Academy is to provide a highly focused and standardized approach to managing rodent populations through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). After completing this course, graduates will be able to more effectively manage rodent populations, because they will have a better understanding of the biology, behavior and habitat of rodents, contributing factors to infestation, effective ways of evaluating site-specific responses and strategies, and effective communication strategies with the public to achieve lasting change and improvements.
This course is intended for city employees, pest management professionals, municipalities, universities , food safety personnel involved in the rodent control programs.
The topics will include:
Participants will be broken into small groups sent to specific sites to conduct an inspection/evaluation survey:
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the field. Bring a flash light, if you have one.
Tuition: The City of New York does not charge tuition for the Academy. However, this may change in future years.
Location: Each academy is expected to be held in downtown Manhattan or Flushing, Queens, New York. Specific locations will be announced as each Academy's start date approaches.
Class Size: To ensure quality and good instructor-to-student interaction, the Academy can only accommodate approximately 35 students per session. A maximum of two employees per company will be allowed.
Course Pre-requisites: Academy students should have a basic understanding of rodent control principles (biology and behavior, rodenticides, traps, etc.). It is suggested supervisors, managers, and owners attend the Academy and teach their employees. The Academy is not designed or appropriate for new hire training.
Student Involvement and Expectations: The Academy is not a 'sit back and listen' seminar. This is a working Academy, intended for pest, city and building professionals wanting to receive in-depth training in rodent Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
To Receive a Certificate of Academy Completion
Video or audio taping of any session of the Academy is prohibited, except with the express and prior permission of DOHMH.
Every effort will be made to provide CECs from the NYS DEC for the Academy.
In the past, upon successful review of the course's syllabus, the NYC DEC has awarded 6-7 total credits for categories 7A, 7F, 8 and 10 for each day depending on the day's topics and length of the program. Thus, a total of 18-21 credits have been awarded by the State to Academy Attendees.
Notification: Academy companies and students will receive a letter two months prior to academy start up (i.e., either in August (Fall schedule), or in January (Spring schedule).