2007 North American Pesticide Applicator
   Certification & Safety Education Workshop


 August  20-23, 2007, Portland, Maine

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What is the 2007 Workshop?
Come join your colleagues from across North America at the 2007 North American Pesticide Applicator Certification and Safety Education Workshop. This biennial Workshop will present ways to increase the levels of safety, competency, and security for pesticide applicators and workers. Learn how to get greater impact from your program, discuss innovative educational and regulatory tools and projects, hear about new compliance issues, get ideas on unique training methods, and exchange information on the needs, trends, and successes in our programs.

When and where?

August 20 - 23, 2007 Portland, Maine - Register now!

Who should attend?
Any person involved with the training and education of pesticide applicators, registered technicians, and homeowners using pesticides, and those involved in the certification of applicators (testing, licensing) and enforcing pesticide-use regulations.

  • University pesticide coordinators and educators

  • County Extension educators

  • IPM coordinators and educators

  • Master Gardener educators

  • Territory and tribal pesticide coordinators and educators

  • Territory and tribal regulators

  • State and provincial certification managers and staff

  • EPA regional certification & training coordinators

  • EPA and USDA cooperators

  • Federal agency cooperators (e.g., APHIS; ARS; DOD; WS; FS)

  • Agriculture and non-agriculture organizations and associations representatives

  • Industry government affairs representatives

  • International partners (Canada, Mexico)

Why should you attend?
In the infant years of the states’ certification and training programs, meetings such as the National Workshop were not much more than a materials exchange program. Every state was in desperate need of new and updated pesticide educational materials to help train the hundreds-of-thousands of applicators nationwide who now needed to be certified to carry out their business. For gray-haired educators and regulators, those years were remembered as ones of learning and coping, interjected with moments of panic.

As the program grew and the success of the certification and training effort became more evident and known, other issues were gradually added -- some by regulation, some were self-inflicted: water quality, worker protection standard, endangered species, school IPM, health practitioners, and homeowner education. At the same time, the complexity of the program increased by the sheer number of certification categories, stricter regulations, reciprocity issues across state lines, heightened concerns of pesticide exposure to human health, and safeguarding our food supply. On top of all this, recent concerns about biosecurity and the future impact of international efforts (e.g., global harmonization) brings the pot to a full boil.

Today, the maturity and breadth of the program has put it at an interesting crossroad. With a full plate and diminishing resources, how can we continue to survive and expand (or maintain) our productivity? Limelight cases of pesticide use abuse (e.g., methyl parathion applications inside homes) depict our vulnerability. Was this misapplication an anomaly, or do we need to beef up our enforcement strategy further still? Over the past half-a-dozen years, the Certification and Training Assessment Group (CTAG) has tackled issues that will bring tighter scrutiny and conduct to our program and, as a result, will dramatically affect the way we do business.

So, why should you attend the 2007 Workshop? Maybe the question would be better phrased by asking, "Why wouldn’t you attend"?

Download the Workshop Proceedings (10.4 MB)

Photographs from the 2007 C&T Workshop




2007 North American Pesticide Applicator Certification & Safety Education Workshop
Sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
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