Urban Pest Management

Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management

If you’re interested in advancing your skills in urban pest control, UF’s got your back. The online Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management comprises 15 credits, including courses on the biology and identification of urban pests and urban pest management.

You’ll complete the remaining 6 credits by choosing from a diverse array of elective courses, including Insect Classification, Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Apiculture I. See the Graduate Certificate Guidelines for more information.

As an added bonus for Florida-based students, completion of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management helps meet part of the Florida Statutes’ Chapter 482 educational requirements for the state Pest Control Technology certification. This certification qualifies the certificate holder to take the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) exams for commercial pest control certification in the following categories:

  • General Household Pests (GHP)
  • Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO)
  • Lawn and Ornamental (L&O)

For more information on this certification, please visit the FDACS website.

Online Labs

You can complete all of our courses entirely online — even those with lab requirements. If a course requires you to collect insects, you can either purchase a kit with basic supplies or use our provided instructions to make one at home from regular household items. In addition, labs involving online simulations use free online software. No travel required!

What You Can Expect to Learn

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management, you’ll be able to:

  1. Identify household and structural pests and describe their biology.
  2. Develop management options for household and structural pests.
  3. Integrate pest management practices into building maintenance practices.
  4. Assimilate technical information related to household and structural pests and their management.
  5. Communicate pest-related hazards and benefits related to humans, pets, other environmental factors and economics.

Prior to graduating, you’ll be required to take a pre-examination exam to assess your achievement with the learning outcomes listed above.

Upon completion of the program, transcripts will read: Graduate Certificate in Urban Pest Management.


Course NameCreditsFallSpringSummer
ENY 5006 Graduate Survey of Entomology2XXX
ENY 5006L Graduate Survey of Entomology Lab1XXX
ENY 5223C Biology and Identification of Urban Pests3X
ENY 5226C Principles of Urban Pest Management3X


Course NameCreditsFallSpringSummer
ENY 5332 Graduate Survey of Urban Vertebrate Pest Management2X
IPM 6021 Insect Pest and Vector Management3X
ENY 6166 Insect Classification3XX
ENY 6665 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology3X
ENY 6572 Apiculture I3XXX

Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA

Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only

The English language skill requirements for admission:

If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council-approved English language skills test and submit your scores.

Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School’s list of English-speaking countries.

To be admitted to a graduate certificate program, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam TypeRequired Score
Paper -based550
Computer -based213

Learn More About the Program

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