Pesticide Safety Training and Train-the-Trainer Programs

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Background

A written pesticide safety training program is required for training employees who handle pesticides and field workers who enter treated fields. This training program must be presented annually to pesticide handlers and within 5 years for field workers by a qualified individual, trained as a pesticide safety trainer.

Attending a DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer Program will qualify individuals to train pesticide handlers and field workers.

Pesticide Safety Training Programs and Instructors

  • According to Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (3 CCR), a written pesticide safety training program is required for training employees that handle (mix, load, apply, etc.) pesticides and for field workers who may enter treated fields.
  • For pesticide handlers, the pesticide safety training program must meet the requirements set forth in 3 CCR section 6724. When pesticides are used for research or commercial production of an agricultural plant commodity, a qualified trainer must provide the training.
  • For field workers, the pesticide safety training program must meet the requirements set forth in the 3 CCR section 6764. A qualified trainer must provide the training for fieldworkers.
  • A trainer is qualified to provide pesticide safety training if they meet one of the criteria listed in 3 CCR section 6724(f)(5) for pesticide handlers and in 3 CCR section 6764(e)(3) for field workers.
  • For questions about a pesticide safety training program or a qualified trainer, contact the DPR Enforcement Branch and your local County Agricultural Commissioner.

Train-the-Trainer Programs

  • By attending a DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer course, an individual becomes qualified to train pesticide handlers and field workers, according to 3 CCR section 6724(f)(5) and 3 CCR section 6764(e)(3).
  • A Train-the-Trainer Program must include ‘how to train’ information that stresses effective techniques for basic pesticide safety training. A DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer Program must provide training materials, such as a training manual, to all attendees.
  • All Train-the-Trainer Programs and Train-the-Trainer Instructors must meet the minimum criteria in order to be approved by DPR. To receive DPR-approval, an instructor must demonstrate that they have knowledge and experience in the following topics: pesticide handling activities, regulatory requirements for pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, teaching principles, and instruction techniques for adults.

Train-the-Trainer Program and Instructor Approval

Criteria for Train-the-Trainer Programs and Instructors, PDF (170 kb) - This document describes the qualifications needed to receive DPR-approval for train-the-trainer programs and instructors.

If you have questions about the approval process, please contact Adolfo Gallo at Adolfo.Gallo@cdpr.ca.gov or (916) 445-3895.

UC IPM Train-the-Trainer Program

UC IPM offers Train-the-Trainer workshops and Train-the-Trainer refresher courses in English and Spanish throughout California. If you are interested in attending one of these courses, please visit the UC IPM Pesticide Safety Training website.

Name of trainer(s) Lisa Blecker
Person to contact about training Lisa Blecker
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation University of California Integrated Pest Management
Training location Statewide
Mailing address UC IPM
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (530) 752-3912
FAX number (530) 752-9336


Approved T2 Programs

Below is a list of DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer Programs and Instructors.

Please note that this is an incomplete list, as some approved instructors have chosen not to be listed. To verify the approval status of a program or instructor, please contact Adolfo Gallo at Adolfo.Gallo@cdpr.ca.gov or (916) 445-3895.

Name of trainer(s) Isabel Bravo
Angelina Ceja
Jose Perez
Person to contact about training Theresa Kiehn
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation AgSafe
Training location Training locations offered throughout the state
Mailing address P.O. Box 1011
Modesto, CA 95353
Training available to Agricultural Industry
Fee Contact AgSafe for details
Telephone number (209) 526-4400
FAX number (209) 526-4404


Name of trainer(s) Alberto Arteaga
Person to contact about training Alberto Arteaga
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Cabo Insurance Services
Training location Oxnard or Client Locations
Mailing address P. O. Box 50105
Oxnard, CA 93031
Training available to Agricultural Companies
Fee Negotiable
Telephone number (805) 766-1378
FAX number (805) 620-3759


Name of trainer(s) Ann Curtoni-Lial
Guillermo Pineda
Raul Murguia
Santos Gomez
Tom Boster
Oscar Fierros
Person to contact about training Ann Curtoni-Lial
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Cal Ag Safety, LLC
Training location On-farm training
Mailing address P.O. Box 593
Linden, CA 95236
Training available to Farmers, farm workers, labor contractors
Pesticide handlers and applicators
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (209) 351-0321
FAX number (209) 838-8672


Name of trainer(s) Annika Forester
Person to contact about training Annika Forester
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation California Strawberry Commission
Training location N/A
Mailing address P.O. Box 269
Watsonville, CA 95077-0269
Training available to Strawberry industry members
Fee N/A
Telephone number (805) 290-0280
FAX number N/A


Name of trainer(s) Rigo De La Cerda
Gabriel Riojas
Santos V Martinez
Roy Mosqueda
Person to contact about training Bryan Little
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Farm Employers Labor Service
A subsidiary of California Farm Bureau
Federation
Training location Various counties, contact trainer(s)
Mailing address 2300 River Plaza Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95833-3293
Training available to Agricultural industry
Fee Yes; contact trainer(s)
Telephone number (800) 753-9073 or (916) 561-5670
FAX number (916) 561-5696


Name of trainer(s) Ignacio Melgoza
Person to contact about training Ignacio Melgoza
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and field workers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation InterWest Insurance Services, Inc.
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address InterWest Insurance Services, Inc.
1357 E. Lassen Avenue
Chico, CA 95973
Training available to Policy holders and the general public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (530) 897-3119
FAX number (530) 891-7719


Name of trainer(s) Brad Aragon
Person to contact about training Brad Aragon
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Kern County Risk Management
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address 1115 Truxtun Avenue, 4th floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Training available to Contact trainer
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (661) 868-3880
FAX number N/A


Name of trainer(s) Imelda Muzio
Pam Emery
Person to contact about training Imelda Muzio
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation MVP Consolidated, LLC
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address 301 East Street
Woodland, CA 95776
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (503) 848-0998
FAX number (866) 874-4156


Name of trainer(s) Javier Higuera
Person to contact about training Javier Higuera
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Paramount Farming Company
Training location 33141 E. Lerdo Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Or
18727 Twisselman Rd
Lost Hills, CA 93249
Mailing address Paramount Farming Company
33141 E. Lerdo Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Training available to Paramount Farming Company employees
Fee N/A
Telephone number (661) 332-7413 (cell)
(661) 797-2509 (office)
FAX number (661) 797-2508


Name of trainer(s) Pedro A. Acero
Person to contact about training Pedro A. Acero
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation Pedro A. Acero Consultant
Training location Statewide
Mailing address 5252 Via Calderon
Camarillo, CA 93012
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (805) 807-4405
FAX number (805) 389-3031


Name of trainer(s) Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Person to contact about training Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions
328 22nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (916) 505-0946
FAX number (916) 239-6541


Name of trainer(s) John Gomez
Person to contact about training John Gomez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Santa Fe Commercial Ins. Services
Training location Various counties, contact trainer
Mailing address 270 S. Ventura Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93030
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (805) 377-1994
FAX number (805) 487-0842


Name of trainer(s) Mario Ramirez
Person to contact about training Mario Ramirez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation SoMoCo Safety, LLCs
Training location Statewide
Mailing address 45085 Merritt Street
King City, CA 93930
Training available to General public in English and Spanish
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (831) 970-4543
FAX number (831) 385-4108


Name of trainer(s) Patrick Taylor
Person to contact about training Rudy Herrera
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation State Compensation Insurance Fund - Fresno
Training location Fresno District Office
10 River Park East
Fresno, CA 93720
Mailing address State Compensation Insurance Fund
P.O. Box 5189
Fresno, CA 93755-5189
Training available to Policy holders only, not to the general public
Fee N/A
Telephone number (805) 509-3628
FAX number N/A


Name of trainer(s) Rudy Herrera
Person to contact about training Rudy Herrera
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation State Compensation Insurance Fund - Los Angeles/Oxnard
Training location Oxnard District Office
2901 North Ventura Boulevard
Oxnard, CA 93031-1148
Mailing address State Compensation Insurance Fund
P.O. Box 9045
Oxnard, CA 93031-9045
Training available to Policy holders only, not to the general public
Fee N/A
Telephone number (805) 509-3628
FAX number N/A


Name of trainer(s) Cosme S. Sanchez
Person to contact about training Cosme S. Sanchez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation T.R.A.I.N.
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address T.R.A.I.N. LLC
P.O. Box 2084
Nipomo, CA 93444
Training available to General public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (805) 310-9092
FAX number (866) 669-0489


Name of trainer(s) Maria Vidauri
Person to contact about training Maria Vidauri
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Vidauri Ag & Safety Services
Training location Contact trainer
Mailing address Maria Vidauri
P.O. Box 1243
Gonzales, CA 93926
Training available to Agricultural industry and the general public
Fee Contact trainer
Telephone number (831) 212-5460
FAX number (831) 675-7041