School IPM—Training and Events

NEW! Pesticide Applicator Training for School Disinfection. Under Governor Mills Executive Order 7 FY 20/21 school employees who have completed Disinfectant Applicator Training and Disinfectant Applicator Exam, are temporarily exempted from pesticide licensing requirements for the use of powered equipment (such as electrostatic sprayers) for application of disinfectants and sanitizers when used for routine cleaning. Additional requirements for the use of powered sprayers by school staff can be found on the Maine School IPM COVID-19 webpage.

Non-School Personnel (such as private bus service drivers and private cleaning service staff) must have a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license to use powered application equipment such as electrostatic sprayers in/on school property (including buses). Licensing Brochure (PDF). FMI: Board of Pesticides Control.


Mandatory Training for IPM Coordinator

  1. within one month of appointment complete Initial Training Module [PDF or PowerPoint Show] AND
  2. within 12 months of appointment attend a Comprehensive Training Workshop (see schedule below) AND
  3. earn 1 hour of Continuing Education credit per year. To earn CE credits:
    • Attend 1 hr or more of a Comprehensive IPM Workshop OR
    • Participate Complete 1 or more hours of training on any topic related to environmental health, pest prevention and management, or building and grounds maintenance offered by a reliable organization such as the recorded webinars, presentations, and videos listed below. Keep a record of your participation in your Pest Management Activity Log.

Upcoming Comprehensive IPM Workshops






Comprehensive IPM Training webinar. Register for link to this free webinar.

Questions? Or to schedule a workshop in your area, contact Kathy Murray at or 287-7616.


  • Virtual IPM Workshop Apr 24 2020: IPM and Cleaning for Microbial and Rodent Pests [PDF]
  • Maine School IPM Coordinators Role [PDF or PPT)
  • Interpreting Pesticide Labels and Record-Keeping Requirements [PDF or PPT]
  • Pest Problem-Solving Excercises [PDF]
  • What to Expect When You're Inspected [PDF]
  • Pesticide Choice [PDF or PPT]
  • Turf Pest Management [PDF or PPT]
  • Ants, Mice, Bed Bugs and Other Critters: Solutions to Common and Challenging Pests [PDF or PPT]
  • Got Pests? Maintenance Solutions to Pest Problems [PDF or PPT]
  • Enhancing Your School IPM Program [PDF or PPT]
  • Pest Specific Strategies [PDF or PPT]
  • School Business Officials- New Resources for IPM [PDF or PPT]
  • Weeds: IPM Strategies for Long-term Prevention of Weeds [PDF]
  • Biocontrol on School Grounds [PDF]
  • Turf Insect IPM [PDF]

New! Online Training Modules

  • StopSchoolPests On-line Training Modules (free professional development training modules from IPM Institute for custodians, maintenance staff, administrators, school nurses, food service, teachers, and more).


Webinar Archive

Got the Itch? Browntail Moth on Maine School Grounds: How to Recognize, Treat and Manage it.

(Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Aired 11/17/16). see also How to Remove Winter Webs

Tick Talk/ Tick Report Webinar Series

Ticks and Disease, How to Protect Yourself, and more (University of Massachusetts)


PestWise School IPM Webinar Series

School IPM Basics, Keeping Rodents Out, Dealing with Bedbugs, Tick Safe Schools, Managing Mosquitoes and more. (US EPA)

Green Shield Webinars

IPM and Asthma, Advanced IPM Techniques (GreenShield Certified program)

Indoor Air Quality for Schools Webinar Series


NEW! School IAQ Master Class Webinar Series


Healthy School Environments Webinar Series


Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Webinar Series

Includes assessment guides, job checklists and staff training videos on pest management, cleaning, mold, PCBs, mercury, and more presented by school facilities staff and other experts from around the U.S.


All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar 2019 Series

Recorded and upcoming presentations by experts on a variety of topics you can use to identify, prevent and management pests in gardens, buildings and grounds both at school and at home. (Extension Service)


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