Program Information

OFPD Training Summary

The Oregon Forest Pest Detectors training is composed of two parts: (1) a short online course and (2) an in-person field workshop.  


Online Course

This course is a prerequisite to the field workshop. We estimate it will take about an hour to complete. To pass the online course, you will need to take a final quiz. You can take the online course at any time before the workshop.

Online Course Syllabus

  • Module 1: Invasive species in Oregon forests
  • Module 2: Emerald ash borer (background; insect/host identification; signs and symptoms)
  • Module 3: Asian longhorned beetle (background; insect/host identification; signs and symptoms)
  • Module 4: Reporting

Field Workshop

The workshops are half-day events that provide an opportunity for hands-on learning. They are designed to reinforce the online course information and give you a chance to practice your identification, monitoring/detecting, and reporting skills. Participants will be able to handle real insect specimens and examples of their damage. They will also receive an Oregon Forest Pest Detector handbook.

Recertification Credits

The following recertification credits are always available:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (Certified Arborist)- online course and field workshop separately
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture (Pesticide Applicator)- field workshop only
  • OSU Extension Master Gardeners- online course and field workshop separately
  • OSU Extension Master Naturalists- online course and field workshop separately
The following recertification credits can be made available with advanced notice (at least 60 days prior to training):
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture (Pesticide Applicator)- online course and field workshop separatel
  • Society of American Foresters (Certified Forester)- online course and field workshop combined
  • Oregon Forest Pest Detector is approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information on the National Association of Landscape Professionals recertification, please visit the NALP Recertification Center at landscapeprofessionals.org.