Friday, July 26, 2013

Becoming An ACE: Acquiring Excellence! (guest article)

Dr. Stuart Mitchell, BCE

On one the hottest days of the summer; at one of the top training facilities in the northeastern U.S., thirty seasoned and “combat-hardened” pest management professionals ((PMPs) assembled for a challenging, yet fulfilling, day of intense review training.

The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) 8 Hour Review Course 2.0 was held at Andy Linares’ renowned Bug Off Training Center in New York City on July 18, 2013. Sponsored by the Entomological Society of America’s ACE Program, Bug Off Pest Control Center, Pest Management Professional Magazine, and PestWest Flying Insect Science, the course covered the major categories of pest management science competencies.

The ACE examination is designed to recognize practicing PMPs whom have a solid comprehension of the practical aspects of applied entomology.

  • The content of the ACE review course covers basic entomology, biology, life cycles, identification, and practical management for important structural pests.
  • Ecological principles and environmental impacts pertaining to pest management.
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) principles and pesticide technology.

As much as ACE demonstrates a higher reasoning and competency, possessing the certification also enhances our “power posing.”

  • Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.
  • Research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions, and even our own body chemistry, simply by changing body positions.
  • Social psychologists show that standing in a posture of confidence, even when we do not feel confident, can affect testosterone (confidence hormone) and cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
  • Power posing is the exploded pose vs. the imploded pose.

The confidence that arises from competence allows our bodies to change our minds. Our minds change our behavior, and our behavior changes our outcomes. Chance favors the prepared mind!

Thirty pest management professionals go forward with improved competence. The “hot” time these PMPs invested in the ACE review course will bring “cool” confidence on the day of their ACE examinations!

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