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    • 1. Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Experienced Agent Review July 18, 2013
    • 2. For Your Information - -  The Power Point of the presentation is posted at this site – http://www-aes.tamu.edu/  Send Questions by e-mail to - - - << LMYERS@ag.tamu.edu >>
    • 3. Introduction Since 1965, The Agricultural and Environmental Safety Unit has been the primary Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) for Texas. We have subject matter Specialists in weed science, agronomy, agricultural and structural education. We provide support through training and educational material development.
    • 4. Objectives: To provide information on pesticide laws and regulations for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the Structural Pest Control Service (SPCS). To discuss Extension license requirements for CEAs and Specialists. To discuss the Private Applicator training procedures.
    • 5. Objectives (cont.) To discuss Extension protocol for conducting Continuing Education (CEU) programs and activities (subject matter, course approval, and utilization of educational materials) And To provide information about the licensing procedures for the various regulatory agencies.
    • 6. Found under the CEA Resources Page
    • 7. Extension License Requirements Extension CEAs Ag, ANR, EA IPM, Horticulture, Marine, Extension Associates, Extension Assistants, and Extension Specialists are required to obtain Non-Commercial applicator licenses if they use pesticides, conduct teaching or research activities utilizing pesticides. Each CEA or Specialist must pass the general, L&Rs, and a category exam (O&T, Field Crop, Weed & Brush…)
    • 8. What License Do CEAs Need? TDA Non-Commercial Political Subdivision and a category that fits your primary work area (ex: Weed and Brush, Fruit, Nut and Vegetables…….) Demonstration & Research: this is to be prepared to conduct demonstration and research activities with all possible combinations of pesticides.
    • 9. Can I Use My Non-Commercial License to Purchase Pesticides for Personal Use? No, if the application of a RUP or SLU or RH is strictly for personal use, you should acquire a Private applicator license.
    • 10. Conducting Pesticide Applicator Training Even though we are required to have a non-commercial applicators license for our own field work, it is NOT necessary to have an applicators license to conduct applicator certification or recertification activities and programs as a part of your job.
    • 11. License Fees for Extension Personnel Extension personnel will be responsible for paying the initial $12.00 license fee and the yearly $12.00 renewal fee. And any fees that might be incurred due to late renewal. Can use Pro-Card and renewals can be made online.
    • 12. Private Applicator Training The Administration expects us to make every effort to provide extraordinary customer service. If space is available and you have adequate support staff, individuals should be able to come to the office and watch the training video in lieu of classroom training.
    • 13. Private Applicator Training All counties should promote and offer PAT’s on a frequent basis to meet clientele needs. A minimum of two per county each year is required in rural counties. It is appropriate and expected that CEAs in larger counties designate a day(s) each month in which the PAT will be conducted.
    • 14. Private Applicator Videos The training video can be downloaded from our website. Go to www-aes.tamu.edu Click on “Pesticide Safety Education Resources” Click on “CEA Resources” Enter password Download PACT video(s)
    • 15. Found under Pesticide Safety Education Resources / CEA Resources
    • 16. Pre-Exam Training Training for Non-Commercial or Commercial Exams is not required by TDA, but there are some training classes available from our office and other vendors for General, Ornamental & Turf, and Right- of-Way. We also offer other categories by request in College Station.
    • 17. Conducting Private Applicator Training Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s approach to training and materials was revised in April 2011. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension guidelines require all Private Applicator Training (PAT) participants to purchase the “Private Applicator Certification Package" (PACP) which includes the most current Private Applicator Manual B-1648 @ $25.00 and the most current TDA Laws & Regulations Manual B-5056 @ $15.00.
    • 18. Private Applicator Training A Partial Cost Recovery (PCR) fee of $10.00 per participant will be assessed on all private applicator training sessions. No Partial Cost Recovery fee (PCR) will be assessed if a customer purchases the PACP and does not wish to participate in an applicator certification activity. The standard PAT fee is $50.00 ($40.00 PACP + $10.00 PCR fee = $50.00).
    • 19. Private Applicator Training The most current order form will always be available on our website at http://www-aes.tamu.edu There is now a separate order form for the Private Applicator Packet on our website for your clients and another under the CEA Resources for Extension agent use only.
    • 20. Found under the CEA Resources Page
    • 21. Found under the “Manual Order Forms” tab
    • 22. Private Applicator Training The Private Applicator manual is sold to County Agents for $15 and sold to the public for $25. $10 of the $25 sale price is retained by the Agent to seed and support his/her education and applicator training programs. The funds derived from manual sales are intended to support Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) activities only.
    • 23. Texas Pesticide Recertification Course Accreditation Guide
    • 24. Pesticide Continuing Education Course Recertification Request Process  Complete the TDA Recertification Course Form (Form PA-409).  http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/f orms/PEST/Applicator/pa_409_ceu_recerti fication_sponsorship.pdf
    • 25. Pesticide Continuing Education Course Recertification Request Process Fax, mail or email the completed form to: Texas Department of Agriculture Certification and Training Program PO Box 12847 Austin, Texas 78711 Fax: 888-216-9865 Email: recertcourses@texasagriculture.gov *SPCS courses submitted to TDA require a fee of $48 per credit hour.
    • 26. Course Agenda Provide an agenda in outline format OR similar format that provides enough information necessary to accurately accredit your agenda.
    • 27. Course Agenda (cont.) The course agenda must specify the following: • Title of each presentation • Name of speaker(s) for each presentation • Beginning and ending times of each presentation (ex: 8:00 am to 9:00 am) or total instruction time for each topic. Instruction time must be relevant to pesticide education. • Whether or not a presentation occurs at the same time as another presentation for which credits are requested (concurrent/breakout sessions).
    • 28. Course Agenda (cont.) The course agenda must specify the following (cont.): • Beginning and ending times for each break/lunch/dinner/reception. • Detailed description of the content of the presentation. • All field tours must include tour details and relevance to pesticide applicators.
    • 29. Example Agenda in Outline Form Happy Pesticide Education Seminar Outline Course Date: October 10, 2013 General Session (7:30 am – noon Blue Room) 7:30 - 8:00 am Registration 8:00 - 9:00 am Pest Biology and Bio-control Techniques in Ornamentals, John Doe, Will review pests of ornamentals, their lifecycles, available biological control methods and how they work. 9:00 - 10:00 am Using Weather Modeling to Predict Insect Outbreaks, Stormy Jamestown. Using USDA weather models to aid in pest insect outbreak predictions, peak outbreak cycles. 10:00 - 10:20 am Break
    • 30. Example Agenda in Outline Form Happy Pesticide Education Seminar Outline Course Date: October 10, 2013 10:20 - 11:30 am Citrus Greening Identification and Management in the Lower Valley, Joe Best explains how to survey, identify suspect foliage, sample, manage, and how to use the information to prevent the spread of disease in citrus.
    • 31. Course Submissions Course submissions will be evaluated by TDA in the order they are received. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to submit your course request early. The Texas Pesticide Regulations require submission of course information for accreditation approval 30 days before the scheduled CEU program.
    • 32. Course Submissions (cont.) When the course has been evaluated, TDA will respond to the sponsor by email to provide course sign-up sheets, TDA course number, sample certificates/template, etc.
    • 33. What Are a Pesticide Course Sponsor’s Responsibilities? Sponsors must make sure: Attendees who sign the course roster must be present for the entire course. Attendees who are loitering outside the presentation room, reading newspapers, talking on cell phones or otherwise not engaged in the course, are not to sign the course roster or receive a CEU certificate. The course roster should be made available for signing at the end of the course.
    • 34. What Are a Pesticide Course Sponsor’s Responsibilities? (cont.) Sponsors must make sure (cont.): Attendees leaving a session early should not be allowed to sign the roster or receive a CEU certificate with their name on it. Each attendee must sign the course roster to receive credit and a certificate. No attendee should sign for any other attendee.
    • 35. What Are a Pesticide Course Sponsor’s Responsibilities? (cont.) Sponsors must make sure (cont.): Course sponsor must provide a certificate of completion to the attendee so they may retain them as their proof of CEU completion. The certificate must contain at the minimum the date of the course, the course number, the breakdown of CEUs earned in each subject, the name of the participant, the name of the sponsor and signature of its representative and a statement that the course is a TDA-approved course.
    • 36. What Are a Pesticide Course Sponsor’s Responsibilities? (cont.) Sponsors must make sure (cont.): Course sponsors must return course rosters to TDA within 15 days after course completion. It is recommended that sponsors providing credits for agricultural pesticide applicator licensees to keep a copy of the roster for their records. Sponsors providing credits for structural pest control certified applicators must maintain course completion records for 2 years.
    • 37. What Are a Pesticide Course Sponsor’s Responsibilities? (cont.) Sponsors must make sure (cont.): Email course sign up and submit course roster sheets to: recertcourses@texasagriculture.gov Identify the file with: • The TDA course number issued to that particular course (ex: 0483029) OR • The AgriLife Extension county code number preceded by the number 8 (ex: 8+County Code) if 3 hours or less are offered. • Breakdown of CEU subjects and hours of each (2 laws & reg, 1 IPM, etc.) • Date of course
    • 38. Course Rosters Do NOT Have to Be Alphabetized. They may be printed or they may be course sign-up sheets with attendee’s printed name, signature and license number.
    • 39. Course Sponsors Course sponsors who continually submit course information late, do not monitor attendees, or whose courses deviate substantially from the submitted agenda may have credits reduced and the risk of denial of accreditation of future courses.
    • 40. Confidential Information Course rosters with confidential information such as SSN, birthdates, and drivers licenses will not be accepted. Applicators may look up their license number at the following website http://www.texasagriculture.gov/RegulatoryProg rams/Pesticides/AgriculturalApplicators/Pestici deAgriculturalApplicatorPublications.aspx
    • 41. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Each Subject Area? Agriculture: • General: safety (safe practices, personal protective equipment, spill control and cleanup, etc.), environmental consequences (leaching, groundwater contamination, etc.), pest features (I.D., life cycles, potential damage, control, etc.), pesticide factors, equipment (pumps, nozzles, tanks, calibration, etc.), application techniques, biotechnology/transgenic crops (as it relates to pest control, i.e. Roundup-ready cotton, etc.).
    • 42. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Each Subject Area? (cont.) Agriculture (cont.): • Integrated Pest Management: concepts, practices, strategies of IPM. • Laws and Regulations: laws and regulations related to the use of pesticides, labels and label comprehension.
    • 43. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Each Subject Area? (cont.) Agriculture (cont.): • Drift minimization: techniques, nozzle selection, drift reduction technology (DRT), chemicals and equipment designed to minimize drift during pesticide applications
    • 44. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Each Subject Area? (cont.) Agriculture (cont.) • Human factors: Aerial applicators only. Covers the portion of aerial application that are guided or influenced by human characteristics. This includes decision making that affects the safe operation of the aircraft, the pilot, farm workers, bystanders, or those that may be affected by the aircraft during its pesticide application mission.
    • 45. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Exceptions may be made if a compelling case is presented as to how the specific topic is DIRECTLY related to a pesticide issue. • Insurance (unless related to insurance required by law for pesticide applications). • Marketing techniques. • General agronomic practices (planting depth, harvesting techniques, aeration, etc.).
    • 46. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Unacceptable Accreditation (cont.) • Public relations (marketing strategies, advertising, etc.). • Sales pitches or presentations containing no significant technical information on pesticide products, pests, application equipment or techniques. • Product-specific training for UNREGISTERED pesticide products.
    • 47. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Unacceptable Accreditation Topics (cont.) • Information that could directly result in the use of unregistered pesticides or unlawful pest control practices (ex: use on a site or in a manner not on the label). • Laws and/or regulations not relevant to a pesticide applicator • Vehicle maintenance • Flight instruction • Safety not related to pesticide application (ladders, lifting, driving, etc.).
    • 48. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? In general, educational topics directly relating to almost any aspect of pest control, or conditions that directly affect pest control may be considered for accreditation. Some examples include: • Pesticide label updates and label comprehension. • Pesticide health and environmental safety.
    • 49. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Acceptable Accreditation Topics (cont.) • Effects of pesticides on the environment and environmental factors affecting pesticide use and performance. • Characteristics of pests, symptoms of pest infestation and damage recognition. • Pesticide product information, including mode of action, environmental fate, etc. (no sales pitches or promotions).
    • 50. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Acceptable Accreditation Topics (cont.) • Pesticide application equipment, techniques, and calibration. • Drift prevention and/or mitigation measures. • Texas and Federal pesticide laws and regulations. • Integrated pest management principles. • Bioengineered crops as they related to pesticide use or pesticide incorporated protectants.
    • 51. What Topics Does TDA Accredit for Recertification Training? Acceptable Accreditation Topics (cont.) • Plant nutrition and soil fertility, fertilizers and amendments when linked to pesticide fate, transport, uptake, efficacy, etc. • Irrigation, chemigation and water quality issues.
    • 52. Does TDA Monitor Courses? Courses are subject to monitoring by TDA inspectors or other agency representatives. Monitors must by admitted to accredited courses without charge. Sponsors are NOT expected to provide meals or other services free of charge to TDA inspectors monitoring the course.
    • 53. Last Chance Videos Effective January 1, 2011 the LCVs can be used in recertification (CEU) programs that aid in exceeding our 3 hour CEU exemption only if the Extension faculty member submits a "TDA Course Approval Request" form (PA 409) to TDA 30 days in advance of the planned activity. Form PA-409 can be found on our website: http://www-aes.tamu.edu/pesticide-safety- education-resources/private-applicator- pesticide-certification-training/
    • 54. Can We Assist Other Organizations to Acquire CEU Approval for Events Not Directly Sponsored by Extension, but Whose Course Content We Have Reviewed? Yes, we can. The important thing is that the program has good content and covers the appropriate amount of time.
    • 55. Aerial Applicator CEUs Effective May 4, 2008 Section 7.24 (t)(1) was revised to require individuals licensed as commercial or non-commercial applicators in the “Aerial” category to receive 1 CEU specifically addressing the challenges associated with “Minimizing Pesticide Drift” from aircraft (fixed wing or rotary) and 1 CEU addressing safety (human factors).
    • 56. Aerial Drift and Safety CEUs To help facilitate your customer’s needs, AES developed a 1 hour “Aerial Application Drift Minimization” CEU and a 1 hour “Pesticide Safety for Aerial Application” CEU video.
    • 57. County Recycling Programs June 2013 San Patricio, Nueces, Refugio Scheduled Fall 2013 Contact Richard Marburger (800) 654-3154
    • 58. What is the SPCC Rule? Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule. Part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation (40 CFR part 112). • Includes requirements for Facility Response Plans (FRPs) for certain facilities which pose a greater threat to waterways and the environment. Purpose: To develop plans designed to prevent oil discharges from reaching the navigable waters of the U.S. and adjoining shorelines
    • 59. Examples of Oil on a Farm Gasoline Off-road and on-road diesel fuel Hydraulic oil Lubrication oil Crop oil Vegetable oils from crops Adjuvant oils Milk* * Milk and Milk product containers are now exempt from the SPCC capacity calculations and rule requirements
    • 60. Key SPCC Requirements For farms with >10,000 gallons of oil, Plans are required to be certified by a Professional Engineer (PE). For farms with >1,320 up to 10,000 gallons of oil, can opt to self-certify SPCC Plans. • Details to follow (Qualified Facilities) • This is optional alternative to PE certification • Two tiers of certification
    • 61. http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/spcc
    • 62. Questions ? Select the raised hand so that we know that you have a question.
    • 63. Vector Category and Recertification Requirements
    • 64. TDA Vector Control License Issued only to employees of governmental agencies: –Non-commercial political subdivision (NCPS): an applicator employed by a political subdivision of the state of Texas or of a federal agency operating in Texas.
    • 65. Vector Category Pesticide Applicators Licensed non-commercial political subdivision applicators Aerial applicators Unlicensed employees – An unlicensed employee is an individual who acts under the direct supervision of a TDA licensed pesticide applicator in the vector control category.
    • 66. Individuals licensed with the SPCS as commercial or non-commercial applicators holding a certification in Pest control can also conduct Vector control activities.
    • 67. Questions ? Select the raised hand so that we know that you have a question.
    • 68. TPDES - Discharges Eligible for Authorization 1. Mosquito control 2. Vegetation and Algae Control – in waters of U.S. and at water’s edge 3. Nuisance Animal Control – fish, lamprey, eels… 4. Area-Wide Pest Control – aerial and ground application for boll weevil control, ROW, infrastructure, urban landscaping, orchard pests, or fruit flies 5. Forest Canopy Pest Control
    • 69. Structural Applicator Requirements Individuals who offer pest control services for hire or as a part of their jobs around businesses, homes, schools, daycare centers, hospitals, parks & recreational settings and structures are required to license with the SPCS. Commercial applicator businesses must provide a policy of insurance not less than $200,000 bodily injury and property damage with a minimum total aggregate of $300,000 for all occurrences.
    • 70. Commercial Licenses A commercial Certified Applicator license is required to: inspect, identify or apply General Use pesticides, Restricted Use pesticides, and use pesticidal devices.
    • 71. Commercial Licenses To sit for this examination, the applicant must have a 2-year or 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in the biological sciences OR
    • 72. Commercial Licenses Have verifiable employment in the pest control industry in Texas under the supervision of a licensed certified applicator (CA) for at least 12 months out of the past 24 months and must have possessed a technician license for at least 6 months OR
    • 73. Commercial Licenses Be an applicant with technical field experience from a previous occupation (Contact SPCS) OR Be an applicant who qualifies under the hardship clause (Contact SPCS).
    • 74. Non-Commercial Applicator Requirements To obtain this license, individuals must be an applicant with a 2-year or 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in the biological sciences OR
    • 75. Non-Commercial Applicator Requirements Have verifiable employment experience in the pest control industry including OUT- OF-STATE experience in pest control of at least 12 months out of the past 24 months from a previous occupation.
    • 76. Non-Commercial Applicator Requirements The proof of experience must be a notarized statement or a letter from the appropriate licensing entity OR Complete a SPCS approved minimum 6 hour certified non-commercial technician training course OR
    • 77. Non-Commercial Applicator Requirements Have verifiable employment in the pest control industry in Texas under the supervision of a licensed certified applicator for at least 12 months out of the past 24 months and must have possessed a technician license for at least 6 months.
    • 78. Non-Commercial Applicator Requirements To obtain this license, individuals must pass a general and category examination.
    • 79. Technician Licenses Requirements Individuals who do not qualify to be commercial or non-commercial applicators will be licensed as technicians after an apprenticeship.
    • 80. Technician Licenses Requirements A technician must work under the supervision of a commercial or non- commercial certified applicator (CA). They may use pesticides and pesticidal devices and identify pests.
    • 81. Technician Licenses Requirements Persons who do not meet the requirements to become a certified applicator (CA) must go through an apprenticeship. To become a Technician, individuals have 1 year to complete an apprentice training program. During that time they must receive 20 hours of classroom training in ten different subject matter areas (federal & state pesticide laws, pest & pest damage recognition, pesticide labels, pesticide safety, environmental protection, etc.) AND They must receive 40 hours of training in each category in which they conduct pest control activities, AND
    • 82. Technician Licenses Requirements They must receive 8 hours of classroom training in each category in which they offer pest control services.
    • 83. Technician Licenses Requirements They must complete an approved technician course AND They must pass a category examination (consisting of questions from the general manual and a category manual.)
    • 84. SPCS Categories Pest Category Termite Category Lawn & Ornamental Category Weed Category Commodity Fumigation Category Structural Fumigation Category Wood Preservation Category
    • 85. SPCS Examinations SPCS Examinations are administered at designated proctored sites statewide.
    • 86. Online 8-hour SPCS Courses eXtension: MOODLE (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) 8-hour online courses: – Pest Category (online) – Lawn & Ornamental (online) – Termite Category (online) These 8-hour courses are also designed to satisfy the SPCS training requirement (Sec. 593.2) h(2) for "8 hours of classroom training in each category in which the apprentice is to provide pest control services." Available through AES website or Conference Services
    • 87. SPCS CEU Requirements Each certified commercial or non- commercial applicator will obtain a minimum of 3 CEUs (2 CEUs must be in either Laws & Regulations, IPM, pesticide safety, or environmental protection) AND
    • 88. SPCS CEU Requirements 1 CEU per category in which the commercial or non-commercial applicator is licensed. NO more than 1 CEU per year may be obtained by self study or electronic courses.
    • 89. SPCS CEU Requirements Certified Applicators Certified Applicators (CA) must now receive their CEUs during the preceding calendar year (from January to December) as a condition of license renewal.* Changing employers or moving to an inactive status does not alleviate or add time to satisfy the CEU requirement.
    • 90. SPCS CEU Requirements Technicians Technicians are required to receive 8 hours of technical training during the preceding 12 months of their license renewal date. Likewise, any license issued during a calendar year will be exempt from the 8 hour training requirement until the renewal period for the next year.
    • 91. TDA/SPCS Form PA-409 http://www-aes.tamu.edu/pesticide-safety-education- resources/private-applicator-pesticide-certification-training/
    • 92. TDA/SPCS Form PA-409
    • 93. School IPM Private Applicators are not allowed to make applications at a school. Applicators under School IPM must be licensed as Non-Commercial or Commercial Applicators or technicians under the supervision of a commercial or non-commercial applicator. Applicators doing work outside the building can license with TDA or SPCS. Applicators doing work inside the building can only license with SPCS.
    • 94. SB 768 allows: – Use of raptor to control or relocate other birds – Physical removal of pests or the habitat of pests while cleaning a chimney – Use of a live trap to remove an animal from the premises of a residence, agricultural operation, or business structure
    • 95. Questions?
    • 96. Important Numbers TDA –1-800-TELL-TDA (800-835-5832) SPCS –866-918-4481 –512-305-8250
    • 97. Contact Us at the PSEP Office Main office – 979-845-3849 Publication orders – 979-845-1099 Don Renchie – 979-845-3849 Mark Matocha – 979-845-3849
    • 98. Agricultural & Environmental Safety < http://www-aes.tamu.edu/ > Emergency Response and Planning Order Forms Training Classes
    • 99. Survey Questions For PSEP Activities  To comply with EPA and USDA reporting requirements, and to gather more quantifiable data for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Administration, please incorporate these questions into the evaluation instrument you use at your PSEP activities.
    • 100. Licensed Applicators – Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Participant Survey 1. Did you gain knowledge relating to pesticide safety and use as a result of this certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No 2. Do you plan to adopt at least one practice relating to pesticide safety and use as a result of this certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No 3. Have you actually adopted at least one practice relating to pesticide and safety use as a result of this or previous certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No
    • 101. Master Gardener Participant Survey 1. Did you gain knowledge as a result of pesticide safety education training even though the training was neither for pesticide applicator certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No 2. Do you plan to adopt at least one practice as a result of pesticide safety education training even though the training was neither for pesticide applicator certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No 3. Did you actually adopt at least one practice as a result of pesticide safety education training in the past even though the training was neither for pesticide applicator certification and/or recertification training? ___Yes ___No
    • 102. Summary PSEP is one of the highest visibility programs we conduct. Make every effort to provide timely and relevant activities. These programs create and sustain businesses and agricultural enterprises statewide.

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