IRVINE, Calif. – PMPs finding out for the Affiliate Licensed Entomologist (ACE) examination can now achieve this on the go. “ACE the ACE” is a podcast created and hosted by Sylvia Kenmuir. Began in late 2020, Kenmuir serves because the present’s host in addition to its aggregator of subjects mentioned. She bases episodes off the ACE coaching program from the Entomological Society of America (ESA), she stated.
Whereas nonetheless working with Goal Specialty Merchandise as a nationwide technical director in 2019, Kenmuir created a 10-week webinar for ACE coaching. Getting ready for the examination is difficult as a result of it usually concerned a single, one-day class earlier than the examination. It’s plenty of info to absorb , she stated. Then, somebody talked about they wished the knowledge was in a podcast so they may pay attention whereas of their automotive.
Kenmuir at present works as a technical companies consultant for BASF Skilled Pest Management Options. She works on ACE the ACE as a passion. The views, info and opinions should not an endorsement of BASF views, info or opinions, she stated.
Based on her podcast’s analytics, Kenmuir discovered that half of ACE the ACE’s listeners tune in between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. These are prime hours for PMPs to be of their vans.
“How are these guys presupposed to work all day, then go residence and open a ebook and attempt to examine? That is lots,” she stated.
Kenmuir is an efficient host for the present as a result of her expertise with ACE coaching has helped her acknowledge the place individuals wrestle on the examination essentially the most. She makes use of the ACE examine information “IPM for the City Skilled,” the NPMA Subject Information PRO and listener suggestions to assist craft episodes. Podcasts, she stated, lend themselves to passive listening. With that in thoughts, Kenmuir makes use of ACE the ACE episodes to interrupt down what’s most necessary to review with out getting too technical.
The cross price for the ACE is just not good, Kenmuir stated, solely round 35 p.c. It’s exhausting to cross as a result of the ACE is just not essentially a check about figuring out bugs. It’s an utilized entomology certification, she stated. 5 years of expertise within the discipline is required earlier than taking the examination for a motive. With the ability to decode pest issues based mostly on the present state of an infestation is vital. That information received’t come from figuring out the variety of ant antennal segments.
“A standardized check makes positive that you recognize the distinction between an odorous home ant and an Argentine ant. An ACE truly takes it subsequent degree and is aware of why you have got them,” she stated.
The viewers for ACE the ACE is between 35- and 59-years-old and largely male, Kenmuir stated. She is an enormous advocate for non-traditional college students, particularly contemplating she is in her late 50s and simply completed work on her grasp’s diploma. Kenmuir stated her philosophy is that certifications and credentials can each higher older college students and present firms their potential.
ACE the ACE has additionally helped PMPs outdoors of North America. Certainly one of her most particular moments, Kenmuir recalled, was when a consultant from Orkin Erbil, Iraq thanked her for serving to him cross the examination.
The ACE the ACE podcast could be downloaded from Apple Podcasts.
Kenmuir is at present wanting into making an identical podcast for PMPs in search of Licensed IPM Technician (CIT) credentials as a result of nobody has created coaching instruments for it but.