California Urban IPM Apprenticeship

Green Shield Certified and the University of California Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) invite pest management professionals to apply for a two-year structural and landscape pest management apprenticeship. California professionals who participate in this apprenticeship will develop the required skills to evaluate, improve and implement outdoor and/or indoor Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and practices across three target regions in California (Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area).

Apprentices who complete the program will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Business management in the structural and landscape pest management industry.
  2. Best management practices for rodents, invertebrates, weeds and plant pathogens.
  3. State and federal regulations which impact the structural and landscape pest management industry.
  4. Pesticide selection, mixing, application, storage and safety strategies which protect human and environmental health and offer additional protections beyond regulatory requirements.
  5. How to complete comprehensive inspections to determine optimal IPM strategies for management of structural and landscape pests.

Professionals who participate in the apprenticeship will receive the following resources, recognition and support:

  1. Access to 12 educational webinars between June 2024 and April 2025 that feature notable IPM guest speakers including Andrew Sutherland.
  2. Opportunity to shadow GSC’s founder, Thomas Green, during an on-site IPM evaluation for a local facility, structural or landscape management service provider.
  3. Free registration, room and board to the IPM Symposium in San Diego from March 3-6, 2025. During the symposium, the apprenticeship program will host a one-day structural and landscape IPM workshop for apprentices and other IPM Symposium attendees.
  4. Funding and technical support from GSC staff to conduct one structural or landscape IPM evaluation of a California pest service provider, facility or landscape.
  5. A certificate from GSC and UC IPM recognizing completion of program.
  6. Up to 20 hours of continuing education from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the California Structural Pest Control Board.

Who should apply: Pest, building and grounds-management professionals interested in providing or expanding their IPM consulting or management skills.

How to apply: Please submit your resume to Ryan Nolan at and complete the application form below. The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. The first educational webinar will start in June of 2024 and the program will finish in May of 2026.

Funding provided by: This project was funded by the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation. The contents may not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the State of California.

Want to learn more? Please review the recording from our informational session on April 24, 2024 at or visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.


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