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Study Guides for Exams
Closer to a Reality
By Matt Evans
The backbone of any organization is the dedication and effort of the people that run it. PCOC is no exception. That ethos and spirit was on display at the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) meeting in Ontario.
For a bit of historical context, the exam procedure for Applicator and Field Representative licenses has
had a troubled past. Exams were frequently compromised when test were administered using booklets and
"scantron" forms. PCOC repeatedly petitioned the Structural Pest Control Board to move to computer-based
testing to eliminate fraud and cheating. That finally came to fruition a couple years ago. It was a big win
for the industry and consumers alike, as there are no gaps in testing to get qualified technicians into the
field. As with most things in life, one problem solved means two more pop up - enter the exam writing
and preparation procedure.
Robert Baker, immediate past president of
PCOC, identified the problem of the lack of
concise study material and very low passing
rates. He encouraged the SPCB to approve
the concept of allowing a study guide to be
written to prepare applicants for the exams.
After much discussion, PCOC got the green
light to move forward on the study guide.
Current PCOC Treasurer Baron Macdonald
took on this challenge. he waded through the
literal mountain of books that were listed
by the SPCB as study resources for Field
Representative exams. He identified one
book, Trumann's Scientific Guide to Pest
Management, as the best book to recommend
to the SPCB to use for both developing test
questions and for applicants to study to prepare them to take the exam. PCOC Board of
Directors approved this at our Expo in June
and directed the Executive Committee to
present this to the SPCB at its next meeting.
Martyn Hopper, members of the
Executive Committee and other past presidents attended the SPCB meeting in July in
Ontario. After much discussion and input
from the public, including PCOC, the SPCB
asked that this be put on the agenda for the
next SPCB meeting in October to hopefully
finalize the study guide and to whittle down
the number of resources that test questions
are based upon. Although a bit frustrated
by the time this process is taking, we know
that the end result is worth the effort. PCOC
is able to be so involved in this process and
steer the discussion because of the dedication
of its members who volunteer their time and
resources for the betterment of the industry.
That spirit of sacrifice and volunteer work
leads to my next point: the need for participation in test writing workshops.
The SPCB conducts workshops to
develop test questions for the exams. No
doubt you have seen these invitation letters
from the SPCB addressed to you and your
licensed employees. The SPCB NEEDS
applicators and field representatives at
these workshops so they can get real-world
experience and advice from people in the
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field to develop and write test questions.
As with most industries, the intersection of
book smarts and street smarts is where the
most knowledge about a particular field of
study comes from. The SPCB really needs
applicators and field representatives to participate in these workshops. This is going
to require a bit of a sacrifice on the part of
business owners and managers. Although
the participant will receive an honorarium,
lodging and transportation reimbursement,
the company may lose a day of production. To all of you who have allowed your
employees to participate in these workshops, thank you. For those who haven't,
please consider it. Your technicians will feel
an immense amount of pride in the process,
and you will have been a link in the chain of
bringing up the next generation of licensed
applicators and field representatives for the
pest control industry.
Thank you again for allowing me to be your
president. It's an honor to lead an organization
so heavily based on volunteer help.
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