Training and Certification

Surveillance and Control Program Awarded by the CDC

In 2016 AMCA was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the establishment of training and certificate programs for mosquito surveillance and control in response to the emergence and spread of Zika in the Western hemisphere.

With the award, AMCA is designing, developing and deploying a targeted mosquito surveillance and control training program, as well as insecticide resistance, using Best Management Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management for US state and protectorate institutions responsible for conducting mosquito control.

The program has been developed by a panel of industry experts and occurs in three tracks through both online and onsite components. The onsite portion will be a Train the Trainer workshop and will be held at ten regional training hubs located across the US. The onsite Train the Trainer workshops will launch in 2017. Please see below for the current list of workshops being offered.

 

 

NEW!! Click here to view AMCA's Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Manual, 2017.

 

** Recently updated from 2009 version by the AMCA expert advisory panel as part of the CDC sole-source contract for Establishment of Training and Certification Programs for Mosquito Surveillance and Control. 

 
 
 

 

TRACK 1:

E-MODULES

Module 1The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These modules serve as an on-site supplement and complement the onsite training hubs in four key areas to build capacity in the workforce:

Module 1: Mosquitoes and Disease: Aedes and Culex;

Module 2: What and Why of Aedes Species Ecology and Behavior;

Module 3: The What and How of Aedes Surveillance; and

Module 4: The What and How of Aedes Control

To successfully complete the assessment scores need to be 85% or higher to advance to the next module. The e-modules are accessible on the AMCA Training Portal by clicking the button below.

 

 

Note: To access the e-modules you must have an account registered with AMCA. If you are a member, please sign in with your member account. If you are not a member you can register for an AMCA account without becoming a member. 

For optimum user experience, it is recommended to view the e-modules on your PC or tablet. We do not recommend viewing the e-modules on your smartphone. 

 

MODULE 1: NOW AVAILABLE - CLICK THE TRAINING PORTAL BUTTON ABOVE TO ACCESS

Understanding and Controlling the Zika Virus - Overview

 

MODULE 2: 

Understanding and Controlling the Zika Virus - Behavior
Coming Soon

MODULE 3:

Understanding and Controlling the Zika Virus - Surveillance
Coming Soon

MODULE 4: 

Understanding and Controlling the Zika Virus - Control
Coming Soon

 

E-Modules are not just for those in the AMCA Train the Trainer program. All individuals within the mosquito and vector control industry can benefit from the online training! The online training is available for free for both members and non-members.

 

TRACK 2:

"Train the Trainer" workshops on the Best Management Practices in Mosquito Control


The AMCA will be hosting various Train the Trainer Certification workshop hubs for the Integrated Mosquito Management Curriculum sponsored by the CDC and the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). These two-day certification events will occur at various Regional Training Hubs in the United States over the course of 2017 & 2018. Attendees who are identified to become Certification Trainers for the Integrated Mosquito Management Curriculum will be required to read the revised AMCA Best Practices for Mosquito Management Manual and go through e-module 1 of the online training prior to the live workshop training event. During the live workshop training attendees will use the Best Practices manual and will be required to go through a case study involving surveillance, mapping, action thresholds, and control, working in teams with real data to develop an action plan. 

The Train the Trainer Certification workshops will be conducted by individuals who have received Master Trainer Certifications as part of this program. After 2 days training, students will receive the AMCA Train the Trainer Certification. 


Upcoming Train the Trainer Workshop Hub events:

 

NEW JERSEY

Location: The Center for Vector Biology,
               Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
               180 Jones Ave,
               New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Dates: One, two-day class is scheduled-
           December 13-14, 2017
           9am-6pm

Accommodations: The Rutgers University Inn is conveniently located on campus and is only a 5 minute car ride away from the Center for Vector Biology where the training will take place. Rooms are just $79 if you book at least 5 days prior to your arrival. Alternatively, The Heldrich is located just off campus and is only a 6 minute car ride from the training site.

Registration: Click here for more information.

 

MISSISSIPPI

Location: Holiday Inn Express
               100 Riverwind E Dr. 
               Pearl, MS 39208

Dates: One, two-day class is scheduled-
           December 14-15, 2017

Registration: Click here to register!

 

VIRGINIA

There are currently two workshops scheduled for Virginia:

 

SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA

Location: City of Suffolk Dept. of Public Works
                800 Carolina Rd
                Suffolk, VA  23434

Dates: One, two-day class is scheduled:
           November 30 – December 1, 2017

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
                3950 Fair Ridge Drive
                Fairfax, VA 22033

Dates: One, two-day class is scheduled:
           December 14-15, 2017

Registration for both workshops: Click here to register.

 

Space is limited as each class will have 35 students. Mosquito control program managers, Entomologists/ Biologists, Education Specialist and Public Relation, Biological Technician, and other professionals in the field biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases may attend the class. Training manuals, breakfasts and lunches will be provided. 

For questions about the Suffolk training, please contact Jay Kiser 
For questions about the Fairfax training, please contact Lauren Lochstampfor 
 

 

TEXAS

**Rescheduled**

Location: Bay Area Community Center
               5002 NASA Parkway
               Seabrook, Texas 77586
 
Dates:  One, two-day workshop 
            January 25-26, 2018 (8 am to 4 pm)
 
Registration:  Registration is FREE. Click here to register.
 
Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. Training manuals, breakfasts and lunches will be provided.
 
Preparation for workshop: AMCA requires that each participant read the Mosquito Best Practices Manual and complete online training modules on basic mosquito biology prior to attending the “Train the Trainer” Workshop.

 

COLORADO

Location:     Fireside Cafe 1515
                   Cascade Avenue
                   Loveland, CO


Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (Immediately prior to the West Central Mosquito & Vector Control Association Annual Meeting)

Time: TBA

Registration: Registration is FREE. Click HERE  to register today!

Lodging:       Rooms are available at the La Quinta Inn and Suites
                    1450 Cascade Avenue
                    Loveland, CO

Space is limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. Training manuals and lunches will be provided. Mosquito control program managers, Entomologists/ Biologists, Education Specialist and Public Relation, Biological Technician, and other professionals in the field biology and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases may attend the class.

 

WASHINGTON

Location:    Benton County Mosquito Control District
                  4951 W Van Giesen St
                  West Richland, WA 99353

Date: April 12th, 2018

Time: TBA

Registration: TBA

** More information including program schedule and registration, will be posted shortly. **

 

 

Additional Train the Trainer Workshop Hub events will be added. 

 

 

Past Train the Trainer Workshop Hub events:

 

CALIFORNIA

The Train the Trainer Workshop for California took place on October 31, 2018 at Embassy Suites in Sacramento, CA.

North Carolina

The Train the Trainer workshop hub for North Carolina took place October 9-10, 2017 in Carolina Beach, NC. The workshop hub welcomed 36 students from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, and California. Dr. Stephanie Richards and the selected faculty provided a comprehensive interactive training experience. The students successfully completed the training curriculum and received the AMCA Train the Trainer Certification. 

FLORIDA

Florida had three training hubs thus far taking place on July 27-28, 2017, August 24-25, 2017, and October 25-26, 2017.Due to popular demand, the third class in October was added!

ARIZONA

Arizona held their first Train-the-Trainer workshop hub event June 28-30, 2017. Attendees included the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona  (ITCA). A coordinated effort with Arizona’s Pest Management Division (PMD) provided a three-day event with PMD conducting an all-day training. Following that the Train the Trainer program took place on June 29-30. 


 

TRACK 3: 

COMING SOON!

Provides help to all stakeholders with strategic planning and organizational development, looking into the future to plan for program goals and needs with regard to public health and mosquito control.