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doug1980
10-01-2012, 09:04 AM
My application for the L&O exam was approved. Test date is December 10. Didn't think my Military experience would qualify but it did.

Ric
10-01-2012, 09:37 AM
My application for the L&O exam was approved. Test date is December 10. Didn't think my Military experience would qualify but it did.

Good Luck But don't stop at L&O. I sure your Air Force training included some Structural Pest Control and possable Termite. Take advantage of your service training and Don't limit your self. Once you get your first Certification It is much easier to Qualify for other catagories.

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Florida Gardener
10-01-2012, 09:54 AM
Good Luck But don't stop at L&O. I sure your Air Force training included some Structural Pest Control and possable Termite. Take advantage of your service training and Don't limit your self. Once you get your first Certification It is much easier to Qualify for other catagories.

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Spoken like a true professional. I agree, diversify. People love a one stop shop.
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doug1980
10-01-2012, 10:01 AM
Yeah I want to take the GHP exam next. I have more experience in GHP than L&O from the Military. No desire to do Termite or Fumigation, but might do those too. Just taking it one step at a time.

Ric
10-01-2012, 11:22 AM
Yeah I want to take the GHP exam next. I have more experience in GHP than L&O from the Military. No desire to do Termite or Fumigation, but might do those too. Just taking it one step at a time.

Doug

Crestview is a rural area and you might want to look into offering Fire Ant Control as a second Business model to maximize your Licenses. Look into baiting large areas like Pastures Etc. In order to sell my Fire Ant Program I throw inside PC in for free. But only if they have a problem inside. If I do a good job on the Outside I eliminate 99% of my inside Insect pressure. At a Chemical cost of $ 7.00 an acre to kill Fire Ants, I am in fat city and wish I had more of that type of work. In Fact it has only been in the last year or so I have been pushing that way. If I could find someone who wants to buy in or Buy out my L&O and let me just do Basic Inside Pest Control. That person I would Train and let work under my license as a legal partner until they could be certified. But I would insist on a buy in up front.

About a month ago 3 old timers got together for a beer and BS. We decided L&O was the easiest Route to build because People saw your Work. GHP was by far the most profitable. But GHP was a much harder Route to build. Other problems are scheduling etc. However the cream of the Crop were single family units because they paid the most and required the Least amount of Call backs. Restaurants are PITA with after Hours only Treatments plus German Cockroaches and Rats. Apts Want it done for $ 2.00 a unit. Termites we had 2 to 1 split. 2 of us didn't want Termite because of all the hassles associated with Termites. Gary was big on up selling Termite prevention while Dave and I didn't want any part of the Extra Inspection and Insurance costs. Plus we all 3 had Termite licenses at one time.

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doug1980
12-08-2012, 07:39 PM
Just sat through my test prep course. 1 more day to cram before the test.
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Johnagain
12-08-2012, 10:42 PM
Doug,
Who's course did you take? I'd like to take one in the next few months to see what I need to study on.

9773
12-09-2012, 10:17 AM
Doug 1980 I would also like to know who's prep class you are taking. I am in your area and I have several co-workers who want to test for L&O. I have all my notes from when I tested, but a class would be helpful for them.

doug1980
12-09-2012, 10:59 AM
I used Chris Graham from Preferred Technical Services. Ptsceus@bellsouth.net
So far it's been very helpful.
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9773
12-09-2012, 12:14 PM
Thanks. Wish I had know earlier that you were prepping. I took the test 2 years ago and I dictated at least half the questions to my wife on the way home.

doug1980
12-11-2012, 03:48 PM
Passed with an 87%. Not great but passed.
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9773
12-11-2012, 03:59 PM
I dont think your clients will be asking your score. They just want to know you are certified. Congrats!
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