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What Is QualityPro
QualityPro is an industry program designed to increase professionalism of the industry through self-regulation; stimulate consumer demand through increased confidence and a higher public perception of industry professionalism; create common sense, quality industry standards; and provide marketing opportunities to participating companies by recognizing commitment to excellence and higher performance standards. This is a company, not individual, designation.
Reserved as an exclusive NPMA member benefit, this corporate program is designed to separate QualityPro companies from the competition and increase the overall professionalism of the industry. As QualityPro members inform consumers about QualityPro, through the marketing tools provided, you will increase your business. In addition, this program will encourage QualityPro companies to hire smartly, train correctly, and upgrade professionalism through the training and education of service technicians and sales personnel.
QualityPro companies are environmentally responsible, and committed to providing consumers with the highest possible service. Built around the four key principles of Business Operations, Consumer Relations, Environmental Stewardship, and Technician Training, the QualityPro certification is designed to be feasible and affordable for every company in the pest management industry.
Operators of all sizes from around the country have been involved in the program since its inception, assuring you of the highest quality program.
Why Do You Need QualityPro?
The pest management industry needs to raise the bar for quality. Consumers are unsure how to choose a pest management professional. QualityPro makes it easier to select companies by more clearly identifying pest management companies that excel.
As a result of these pressures on the industry to stimulate growth in the marketplace, a broad range of industry stakeholders called upon NPMA to organize a program designed to recognize professionalism in the industry. The group asked NPMA to develop a seal of approval for the pest management industry.
NPMA set out to determine the feasibility of a QualityPro program and determine whether this type of program would make a difference to consumers, regulators, and the media. Research included discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state pesticide officials, and national media. NPMA also conducted focus groups to discover how consumers would view this program.
Research findings were overwhelmingly positive. Most importantly, in the focus groups, consumers replied positively to this type of program. When asked, "Imagine this national organization that we've been talking about would offer a Seal of Approval for their members." Comments included:
The research results provided a validation of the opportunity to influence the attitudes of consumers, the media, and regulators with regard to the pest management industry.
Improving the Industry
Over the last five years, NPMA has been focused on meeting the challenges facing our industry. Now NPMA is moving from a reactive mode to a proactive mode. Government affairs is shaping policy, rather than defending it, and the Professional Pest Management Alliance is taking our messages directly to the consumer and controlling our own destiny. QualityPro is the next step in this proactive approach.
How Do You Become QualityPro?
A wide range of materials will be available for companies that are interested in becoming QualityPro certified. The program's unique structure is designed to be inclusive, offering opportunities for direct industry involvement from small companies to large corporations.
QualityPro isn't designed to impose a set of standards, it is designed to raise the bar by providing every company with the tools you need to excel in this industry. Once you apply, you will receive a Resource Manual with these useful materials. Look for the TOOLBOX symbol throughout this book, which indicates which material will be included in the Resource Manual. The value of these tools alone justifies your cost.
To become QualityPro, a company must certify that it:
To support the program and QualityPro companies, NPMA will:
Any NPMA member in good standing who has been in business at least two years can apply to be QualityPro approved. Applications will be accepted automatically if all membership requirements are met.
If an applicant is rejected for any reason, the applicant may seek reconsideration by submitting a request to QualityPro. The request should provide a detailed explanation of why the company satisfies the standards for admission. The Compliance Committee will determine the status within 90 days.
An applicant who is rejected for membership may reapply six months after the date of the final decision. If an applicant is rejected, all application fees will be returned minus a $150 processing fee.
The QualityPro program is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of QualityPro industry professionals. This Board also acts as a compliance committee to hear appeals or complaints. The compliance process has been designed to ensure confidentiality and to be fair and equitable to all QualityPro companies.