Pesticide Safety Train-the-Trainer Programs for those Working in the Production of an Agricultural Plant Commodity

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January 22, 2018: Letter to Train-the-Trainer (T2) Instructors regarding 2018 T2 program approval including timeline update that all programs must be approved prior to March 1, 2018 to comply with the 2018 training topics required by the revised Worker Protection Standard, PDF (150 kb)

Background

A written pesticide safety training program is required for training employees who handle pesticides and fieldworkers who enter treated fields. The training program must be presented by a qualified individual annually to pesticide handlers and fieldworkers effective January 2, 2017.

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

Pesticide Safety Training

  • A written pesticide safety training program is required for training employees that handle (mix, load, apply, etc.) pesticides and for fieldworkers who may enter treated fields. (Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations (3 CCR)*.
  • 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 fieldworkers, 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(f)(3) for fieldworkers.

*Note sections 6724 and 6764 have been updated to account for new training topics that are required for pesticide handlers and fieldworkers effective March 1, 2018. These additional training topic requirements have been incorporated into California regulations in a regulation package that is available on DPR's website.

Train-the-Trainer Programs

  • By attending a DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer course, an individual becomes qualified to train pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, 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 and 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, PDF (412 kb) 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 (412 kb) – This document describes the qualifications needed to receive DPR-approval for Train-the-Trainer Programs and Instructors in order to instruct trainers after February 28, 2018.

If you have questions about the approval process, please contact us at T2Trainers@cdpr.ca.gov.

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 Instructor(s) Lisa Blecker
Maria Alfaro
Person to contact about training Lisa Blecker
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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
Telephone number (530) 750-1251


Approved T2 Programs

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

Name of Instructor(s) Angelina Ceja
Melanie Fisher
Anna Genasci
Person to contact about training Theresa Kiehn
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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
Telephone number (209) 526-4400


Name of Instructor(s) Ann Curtoni-Lial
Oscar Fierros
Anthony Garcia
Santos Gomez
Hugo Ricardo Macias
Raul Murguia
Person to contact about training Ann Curtoni-Lial
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Cal Ag Safety
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address P.O. Box 728
Oakdale, CA 95361
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (209) 351-0321


Name of Instructor(s) Rigo De La Cerda
Santos Martinez
Roy Mosqueda
Gabriel Riojas
Person to contact about training Bryan Little
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Farm Employers Labor Services (FELS)
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 2300 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (800) 753-9073


Name of Instructor(s) Imelda Muzio
Person to contact about training Imelda Muzio
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation MVP Safety Professionals, LLC
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 201 East Street
Woodland, CA 95776
Training available to General public
Telephone number (530) 848-0998


Name of Instructor(s) Daniel Castillo
Salvador Gaytan III
Alfredo Jauregui
Angel Mendez
Jose Pompa
Elissa Sanchez
Person to contact about training Daniel Castillo
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainers Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation Pan American Insurance Services
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 2800 West March Lane, Suite #420
Stockton, CA 95219
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (209) 955-2612