Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control
Below are the materials you will need to complete the application in order to become a Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator (CNWACO).
Nuisance Wildlife: Preventing and Dealing with Encounters
List of Nuisance Trappers
Nuisance Wild Animal Control Certification Manual (PDF)
ORC 1531.40 [Effective 3/27/2013] Nuisance wild animal removal or control services; license (PDF)
OAC 1501:31-15-03 Nuisance wild animal control (PDF)
* For businesses and individuals performing Nuisance Wild Animal Control for hire.
Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control License Application (PDF)
* Required for all permit holders and employees who will perform Nuisance Wild Animal Control activities.
Ohio CNWACO Certification Test (Online)
- Number of questions: 100
- Has a time limit of: 01:30:00
- Must be finished in one sitting. You cannot save and finish later.
- Questions displayed per page: 5
- Will allow you to go back and change your answers.
- Will let you finish with some questions unattempted if you are not sure of an answer.
- Has a pass mark of: 80%
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am an employee of a company. Do I need my own Commercial Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator license?
A: No, but you must be certified or work under on-site supervision of a certified employee. On-site supervision shall be while staying within a distance from the person that enables uninterrupted, unaided visual and auditory communications.
Q: I did not pass the test the first time I took it. Can I take the test again? And will I be penalized for taking it multiple times?
A: Yes, you may retake the test as many times as you need. There is no penalty for taking it more than once.
Q: I sent in my application a couple weeks ago and have not received my permit. Have you received it?
A: Due to the large volume of applications, processing them has been delayed. If you have submitted your application, please continue to work as usual. Your permit will be mailed as soon as possible.
Q: Do I need to take the certification test before I submit my permit application?
A: No, you may send in your application at any time. All that is required with the application is the $40 annual fee.
Q: I passed my certification test, but I was not able to print my certificate. What do I do?
A: We can print your certificate for you if necessary. Please call (614) 265-6439 with your request. Be sure to provide your mailing address.
Q: Can I save a copy of my certificate to my computer?
A: Yes, you can save your certificate as a pdf. Doing so will give you the ability to print it at any time.