The Health Department offers two different free courses on rat management at its "Rat Academy":
You can learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention in your home and community at one of our scheduled free trainings. This three-hour training is available to everyone, but it may be especially helpful for:
Each training can be tailored to the audience and neighborhood. Typically, this training course is hosted and sponsored by a community partner or elected official.
To sign up for a community-based training, or for more information on how to host or sponsor a training, email email@example.com or call 311.
This course teaches pest control professionals about:
The three-day course will conclude with a field day and workshop, with participants sent to specific sites to conduct an inspection/evaluation survey.
Courses are limited to about 35 students per session. No more than two employees per company may attend a single session. We recommend company supervisors, managers and owners attend the course and then pass along the information to their employees. It is not designed for new hire training.
To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend all three days of the course, complete all the assigned work and pass a final exam. Course graduates may also receive 18-21 continuing education credits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
If you are interested in the course for pest management professionals, complete and submit the online registration form below. If a course is already full when you submit your form, you will be put on a waitlist for a future course. Participants will receive a notification letter two months before the course begins.
If you cancel your registration, you may be added to next session, but you are not automatically guaranteed a spot.