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

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February 5, 2017:  Letter to Train-the-Trainer Instructors regarding DPR review and approval of all T2 Programs prior to 2018 to comply with the 2018 training topics required by the revised Worker Protection Standard, PDF (433 kb)

December 19, 2016: Letter to all current Train-the-Trainer Instructors about complying with the Worker Protection Standard and Interim US EPA Approval numbers for 2017, PDF (148 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(e)(3) for fieldworkers.

*Note sections 6724 and 6764 are current through December 31, 2017. However, these sections will be updated to account for new training topics that are required for pesticide handlers and fieldworkers effective January 1, 2018. These additional training topic requirements will be incorporated into California regulations in a regulation package that will be available on DPR's website in mid-2017.

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 (159 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 (159 kb) – This document describes the qualifications needed to receive DPR-approval for Train-the-Trainer Programs and Instructors in order to instruc trainers after December 31, 2017.

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 Instructor(s) Lisa Blecker
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
U.S. EPA Approved Program Yes


Approved T2 Programs

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

Name of Instructor(s) Angelina Ceja
Anna Genasci
Manuel Gutierrez
Martha Lopez
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
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Alberto Arteaga
Person to contact about training Alberto Arteaga
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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
Telephone number (805) 766-1378
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(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-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Cal Ag Safety, LLC
Training location On-farm training
Mailing address P.O. Box 325
Escalon, CA 95230
Training available to Farmers, fieldworkers, labor contractors
Pesticide handlers and applicators
Telephone number (209) 351-0321
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Rigo De La Cerda
Gabriel Riojas
Santos V Martinez
Roy Mosqueda
Person to contact about training Bryan Little
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Farm Employers Labor Service
A subsidiary of California Farm Bureau
Federation
Training location Various counties, contact instructor(s)
Mailing address 2300 River Plaza Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95833-3293
Training available to Agricultural industry
Telephone number (800) 753-9073 or (916) 561-5670
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Ignacio Melgoza
Person to contact about training Ignacio Melgoza
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation InterWest Insurance Services, Inc.
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address InterWest Insurance Services, Inc.
1357 E. Lassen Avenue
Chico, CA 95973
Training available to Policy holders and the general public
Telephone number (530) 897-3119
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


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
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Pedro A. Acero
Person to contact about training Pedro A. Acero
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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
Telephone number (805) 807-4405
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Person to contact about training Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval
Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions
328 22nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Training available to General public
Telephone number (916) 505-0946
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) John Gomez
Person to contact about training John Gomez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers
Affiliation Santa Fe Commercial Ins. Services
Training location Various counties, contact instructor
Mailing address 270 S. Ventura Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93030
Training available to General public
Telephone number (805) 377-1994
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Mario Ramirez
Person to contact about training Mario Ramirez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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
Telephone number (831) 970-4543
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Patrick Taylor
Person to contact about training Rudy Herrera
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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 8192
Pleasanton, CA 94588-9637
Training available to Policy holders only, not to the general public
Telephone number (805) 509-3628
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Rudy Herrera
Person to contact about training Rudy Herrera
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer 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 8192
Pleasanton, CA 94588-9637
Training available to Policy holders only, not to the general public
Telephone number (805) 509-3628
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Cosme S. Sanchez
Person to contact about training Cosme S. Sanchez
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation T.R.A.I.N.
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address T.R.A.I.N. LLC
P.O. Box 2084
Nipomo, CA 93444
Training available to General public
Telephone number (805) 310-9092
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017


Name of Instructor(s) Maria Vidauri
Person to contact about training Maria Vidauri
Scope of program: Train-the-Trainer Pesticide handlers and fieldworkers; English and Spanish training
Affiliation Vidauri Ag & Safety Services
Training location Contact instructor
Mailing address Maria Vidauri
P.O. Box 1243
Gonzales, CA 93926
Training available to Agricultural industry and the general public
Telephone number (831) 212-5460
U.S. EPA Approved Program through December 31, 2017