Pesticide Safety Train-the-Trainer (T2) Programs for those Working in the Production of an Agricultural Plant Commodity

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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.

Attending and successfully completing a DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer (T2) Program will qualify individuals to train pesticide handlers and fieldworkers.

T2 Program FAQ, PDF – Provides questions/answers regarding the T2 Program.

T2 Programs

  • By attending and successfully completing a DPR-approved T2 course, an individual becomes qualified to train pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, according to 3 CCR section 6724(f)(5) and 3 CCR section 6764(f)(3).
  • A T2 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. DPR’s Train-the-Trainer Manual, PDF may be used as part of a submitted T2 program.
  • All T2 Programs and T2 Instructors must meet the minimum criteria, PDF 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.

T2 Program and Instructor Approval

Criteria for Train-the-Trainer Programs and Instructors, PDF – This document describes the qualifications needed to receive DPR-approval for T2 Programs and Instructors in order to instruct trainers.

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

NOTE: DPR’s T2 Program staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and are not immediately available to receive T2 Program submissions sent to DPR’s physical address. If you plan to submit a T2 program, please email T2Trainers@cdpr.ca.gov to alert staff of the pending delivery so they can arrange to receive your program in a timely manner.

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)*. Training resources are available at DPR's Worker Protection Program Webpage.
  • 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.

UC IPM T2 Program

UC IPM offers T2 workshops and T2 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.

UC IPM T2 Program - Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Name of Instructor(s) Maria Alfaro
Person to contact about training Maria Alfaro
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 T2 Programs and Instructors approved for California.

AgSafe - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Angelina Ceja
Ruby Espino
Anna Genasci
Cosme Sanchez
Joel Trumbo
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


Breckpoint, Inc. - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Beatriz Nava
Debbie Alves
Efrain Rivera
Gaspar Espitia
Itzia Estrada
John Veldhuis
Sandy Barragan
Person to contact about training Pamela White
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation Breckpoint, Inc.
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 8918 Spanish Ridge Avenue, #200
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (951) 229-4862


Cal Ag Safety - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Nicholas Cisneros
Ann Curtoni-Lial
Oscar Fierros
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


California Strawberry Commission - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Saul Valdez
Person to contact about training Saul Valdez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation California Strawberry Commission
Training location Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County
Mailing address PO Box 269
Watsonville, CA 95077
Training available to California Strawberry Growers, Processors and Shippers
Telephone number (831) 724-1301


Farm Employers Labor Services (FELS) - Approved T2 Program
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


James G. Parker Insurance Associates - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Alejandro Palacios
Nanci Hernandez-Brandt
Ernest Soto-Cruz
Person to contact about training  
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation James G. Parker Insurance Associates
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 1753 E. Fir Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720
Training available to General public
Telephone number (559) 241-7996


MVP Safety Professionals, LLC - Approved T2 Program
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


Relation Insurance Services, Inc. - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Daniel Carbajal
Salvador Gaytan Ⅲ
Alfredo Jauregui
Angel Mendez
Elissa Sanchez
Jesus Mendoza
Richard Hernandez
Erika Velazquez
Adolfo Rivera
Jonathan Barron
Person to contact about training Salvador Gaytan Ⅲ
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation Relation Insurance Services, Inc.
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 7673 N Ingram, Suite #103
Fresno, CA 93711
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (559) 647-4471


State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Annette Cazares
Andrew Venegas
Irene Mendez
Lizeth Mercado
Lucio Robles
Lorenzo Zwaal
Monika Maier
Mayra Ocampo
Patrick Taylor
Alcadio Mirelez, Jr.
Person to contact about training Annette Cazares
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF)
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 9801 Camino Media
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (661) 496-8281


Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc. - Approved T2 Program
Name of Instructor(s) Cristina Franco
Roberto Celaya
Rocio Richer
Jesus Velazquez
Person to contact about training Cristina Franco
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers, English and Spanish training
Affiliation Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc.
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address 1998 Road 152
Delano, CA 93215
Training available to Contact instructor
Telephone number (661) 792-3151 Ext. 1122