Become a Member

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Become a Member

Pi Chi Omega is a fraternal organization dedicated to furthering the science of pest control. Join our growing network of dynamic members that includes entomologists, PMPs, manufacturers, consultants, researchers, professors, students, and others dedicated to the technical side of structural pest control.

Pi Chi Omega Welcomes New Members Four Times A Year – in March, June, at PestWorld in October and at Purdue Pest Management Conference in January.

New Nominees that have been reviewed and approved by the Membership Committee are shared with the Pi Chi Omega membership electronically, then voted on 15 days after being posted. So, the process takes some time, but happens often. For the quickest membership approval submit your nomination packet as follows:

  • Nominations submitted by March 1st will be voted on by the end of March.
  • Nominations submitted by June 1st will be voted on by the end of June.
  • Nominations submitted by September 1st will be voted on at the Pi Chi Omega membership meeting during PestWorld.
  • Nominations submitted by December 1st will be voted on at the Pi Chi Omega membership meeting during the Purdue Pest Management Conference.

To become a member of Pi Chi Omega the first step is to find two Pi Chi Omega members who will sponsor your nomination. If you need help finding a Pi Chi Omega member, call! To see a current list of our members, click here.

There are a few pre-requisites to membership, but for the most part we have a membership category for just about everyone involved in the urban and industrial pest management industry. Check out our categories below and click to read the definitions to see where you fit in!

Student Membership Categories

A second semester junior or senior presently enrolled in an entomology or pest control curriculum in a four-year accredited college or university may be nominated for student membership. Dues are $10.

A graduate student actively engaged in pest control studies who completes the work in a period of time acceptable to the institution. Dues are $30.

Once a student member graduates, they are eligible to maintain membership as a Student Transition Member for two years at the discounted rate. Student Transition memberships are only available to those individuals who were Student members in the year prior. Dues are $60.

Active Membership Categories

A professor / instructor / researcher / post doc colleague employed at the university level. Dues are $95.

A PCO member, in general, is a person who is actively engaged in a pest control company or who provides technical support to pest control operators. Allied dues are $95.

  • An entomology graduate with a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate degree actively engaged in the business of pest control or in a supervisory, executive, educational or professional capacity relating thereto.
  • A person with an earned advance degree beyond baccalaureate in biology or chemistry, who is actively engaged in the business of pest control or in a supervisory, executive, educational or professional capacity relating thereto.
  • A graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree, not in entomology, biology or chemistry, who has actively engaged for at least 5 years in the business of pest control or in a supervisory, executive, educational or professional capacity relating thereto and who has demonstrated continuing outstanding and sincere interest and actively promotes the improvement and furtherance of professional pest control.
  • A person not otherwise fulfilling the above criteria who has, during at least the last 10 years, demonstrated continued, outstanding and sincere interest in and actively promotes the improvement and furtherance of professional urban and industrial pest management. This person shall have attained government certification in pest management for a minimum of 5 years or pass testing for ACE or BCE certification.

Allied members, in general, provide technology, products and/or services to the PCOs or the pest management industry. Allied dues are $95.

  • An entomology graduate with a bachelor’s, master’s or Doctorate degree actively engaged in an allied profession in a supervisory, executive, educational, research or professional capacity relating thereto.
  • A person with an earned advance degree beyond baccalaureate in biology or chemistry, who is actively engaged in an allied profession in a supervisory, executive, educational, research or professional capacity relating thereto.
  • A graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree, not in entomology, biology or chemistry, who has actively engaged for at least 5 years in the business of pest control or in a supervisory, executive, educational, research or professional capacity relating thereto and who has demonstrated continuing outstanding and sincere interest and actively promotes the improvement and furtherance of professional pest control.
  • A person not otherwise fulfilling the above criteria who has, during at least the last 10 years, demonstrated continued, outstanding and sincere interest in and actively promotes the improvement and furtherance of professional urban and industrial pest management through committed support to the industry.

Long-Standing Membership Categories

A retired educator or industry member who was active in the fraternity for at least 10 years. Dues are $30.

A Legacy Member shall be an active or associate member of long standing who has provided outstanding and unusual service to the Fraternity.  To become a Legacy Member, you must have been nominated for this membership category and your nomination must have been approved by the Pi Chi Omega membership. A Legacy Member will be able to participate in all Fraternity activities and hold office but will be exempt from payment of all dues.

Process to become a Legacy or Honorary Member.  A proposal for election of an individual to Legacy or Honorary Membership may originate with an Officer, the Membership Committee, or by an Active Member in good standing of the Fraternity.  In any event, such a proposal shall be in writing, shall set forth the reasons for the proposal, and shall be signed by no less than six (6) Active Fraternity Members who are in good standing. The completed proposal shall then be presented to the Executive Director who will forward it to the Membership Committee.  Within two (2) months of the date of presentation, the Membership Committee shall first investigate all proposals for election to Legacy or Honorary Membership and then forward the proposal, with a report of its findings and recommendations, to the Board of Directors for further consideration and investigation.

If the proposal is approved by the Membership Committee, and the Board of Directors, the name of the candidate shall be presented for election at a Scheduled Meeting.  The candidate shall become a Legacy or Honorary Member upon the unanimous vote of the members present and voting at this meeting, and provided the candidate accepts such membership in writing within thirty (30) days after receiving an invitation of acceptance written by the Executive Director.  The acceptance requirement is null and void for Legacy and Honorary Membership awards made posthumously.

Life membership may be granted to an active or associate member in good standing by the donation of $1,000 to the scholarship fund (donation to be completed within four (4) years or less time).  A Life Member will be able to participate in all Fraternity activities and hold office but will be exempt from payment of all dues.

A person of acknowledged eminence in the pest control or related sciences, so honored by a majority vote of the membership. To become an Honorary Member, you must have been nominated for this membership category and your nomination much have been approved by the Pi Chi Omega Membership. Honorary members will be exempt from payment of all dues.

Process to become a Legacy or Honorary Member.  A proposal for election of an individual to Legacy or Honorary Membership may originate with an Officer, the Membership Committee, or by an Active Member in good standing of the Fraternity.  In any event, such a proposal shall be in writing, shall set forth the reasons for the proposal, and shall be signed by no less than six (6) Active Fraternity Members who are in good standing. The completed proposal shall then be presented to the Executive Director who will forward it to the Membership Committee.  Within two (2) months of the date of presentation, the Membership Committee shall first investigate all proposals for election to Legacy or Honorary Membership and then forward the proposal, with a report of its findings and recommendations, to the Board of Directors for further consideration and investigation.

If the proposal is approved by the Membership Committee, and the Board of Directors, the name of the candidate shall be presented for election at a Scheduled Meeting.  The candidate shall become a Legacy or Honorary Member upon the unanimous vote of the members present and voting at this meeting, and provided the candidate accepts such membership in writing within thirty (30) days after receiving an invitation of acceptance written by the Executive Director.  The acceptance requirement is null and void for Legacy and Honorary Membership awards made posthumously.

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Download the Membership Nomination Form, fill it out and save it as a pdf.

MEMBERSHIP NOMINATION PDF FORM

Click here to submit your application online.

Click on “Select Files” and upload your completed nomination form, and any other supporting documents required by your membership category like Letters of Recommendation and/or a Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

Click Submit Application!

Then we will take it from there! You’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your nomination and will advise you once it has gone through the approval process.

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