K9 Certification Expired - should I be worried?(6 posts)
I'm new here. In the past 8 weeks I have had two K9 inspections of my house using Advanced K9 Detectives (Vince and Taz). I originally called them when I found a bedbug after returning from a vacation in St. Thomas. I found them through a pest control company called Stern Environmental. Both Stern and also the Advanced website indicated that the dog and handler were NESDEC certified. I used Vince and Taz 8 weeks apart and both times the searches were "clean" (however, we are still having some random questionable things happening - or maybe I'm just so hypersensitive, I don't know....). ANYWAY, I just checked the NESDEC website (just found it) and Vince and Taz are no longer certified - their certification expired in Dec. 2008 (and the company owners certification has also expired). Should I be worried about this?? They seemed great and thorough, although I don't like finding this out now at all.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
I would not be overly concerned about the expiration date on the NESDCA certification. I have never heard of a NESDCA team failing the re-certification exam.
The K9 team that you utilized performs a lot of inspections.
I would be more concerned that you feel that you are still dealing with a problem.
You could be experiencing false negatives or you might be dealing with a different biting pest or allergen that is not a bed bug.
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hi all i havent been around for a couple of weeks due to a death in my family. I believe certification is very improtant and very necessary to be current. teams have failed nesdca certification. that is very important when taking any test if there is a certification test in any industry that 100% pass then something is wrong with the test.
Doug ive been trying to organize our idea of a bed bug dog superbowl and ive been looking for a list of teams that you have out in the field. Can you provide this somewhere on the internet for everyone to see.
We don't have a marketing organization like NESDCA that promotes a list of our handlers names at this time.
Run a Google search for Bed Bug Dogs & you will find numerous BedBugDog handlers advertising their businesses on the web. We are not a franchise... we do not assign territories... or provide advertising services in exchange for certification fees.
I am very curious about your statement that Pepe trained K9 teams have failed the re-certification exam & been denied certification by NESDCA. I had noticed that some names were dropped off the list of certified K9 teams, but I was under the impression that they had quit the organization for other reasons. I didn't realize that they were no longer listed on the K9 team page due to failing the re-certification exam.
teams have failed nesdca certification
Are the results of the re-certification exams published on the NESDCA website?
How many of Pepe's K9 teams have failed the exam & been denied certification?
What is the procedure for re-testing , if a NESDCA team fails the exam? Are the teams listed on the website as Certification Expired until they successfully pass the test or does the website give the consumer some indication that a K9 team failed the certification exam on a different page?
I had heard that K9 teams that were trained by other trainers were unable to become certified by NESDCA, but I had not yet heard of a Pepe trained K9 team that had lost it's certification from NESDCA due to a failed exam.
I would like to hear more about a bed bug superbowl.
We have been discussing organizing an event that would let dog handlers compete to showcase their accuracy on a series of training exercises.
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