Friday, March 28, 2014

May 9 Pesticide Applicator Training Workshop

Spring Pesticide Applicator Workshop
Colorado Department of Agriculture Workshop 14095
Friday, May 9, 2014
Country Inn, 718 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506

Contact Person: Dr. Curtis Swift, 970.778.7866

Private Pesticide Applicators are required to obtain Certified Education Credits (CECs) to maintain your certification or retake the test. The morning program will provide the credits you need so you don’t need to take the test.

Commercial Pesticide Applicators. If you charge a fee to apply pesticides you are required to be certified and receive CECs to maintain that certification. Unless you have obtained the credits offered during the morning sessions within the past three years, you require those credits as well. The afternoon sessions are specific to the category or categories shown on your license. If you need credits for categories not provided during this training please contact Curtis Swift or Jude Sirota to arrange for those credits. We can also provide training via Skype for additional categories.

Pesticide Application Technicians working for your company require classroom training with the number of hours required based on the employee’s category: application, sales, combination application and sales, new hire, or on-going. The training provided in this workshop will provide some or all of the required hours. The required documentation for attendance will also be provided. The paperwork to certify attendance at this workshop will be forwarded to the Colorado Department of Agriculture upon completion of the training. Attendees will receive a copy of the attendance verification form for their records.

Note: This training does not pay the renewal fee for your license.
The on-line registration form is at

If you do not have internet access, complete the mail-in registration form and snail mail or email it to Swift Horticultural Enterprises, 450 Hill Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Online payment is through PayPal.  You do not need a PayPal account to pay online, but it does require a credit card.

Spring Pesticide Applicator Workshop
Colorado Department of Agriculture Workshop
Friday, May 9, 2014
Country Inn, 718 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506

Curtis Swift, Ph.D. (QS # 00019)
Jude Sirota (QS # 00759)

Morning Sessions
8:15 – 9:15 Laws and Regulation 
Laws and Regulations - ½ hr; Swift – Requirements and Forms for Commercial, Limited Commercial, or Public Applicator Licensing
Laws and Regulations – ½ hr; Sirota – Update on the Pesticide Applicator's Act, changes in the Act and how they affect you as an applicator
9:15 – 9:45 Applicator Safety – ½ hr; Swift – Use and maintenance of personal protective clothing and safety equipment. Material Safety Data Sheets and label requirements.
9:45 – 10:15 Pesticides and Their Families – ½ hr; Sirota – Pesticide Families and their Mode of Action. Mode-of-action-based management to prevent pesticide resistance.
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Environmental Protection – ½ hr; Sirota – Mindful Spraying: Where does a droplet go?  A discussion about where the spray goes once it has left the nozzle.
11:00 – 11:30 Public Safety - ½ hr; Swift - Safe methods of handling pesticides during transportation, storage, mixing and loading, application, and cleanup equipment that must be available
11:30 – 12:00 Use of Pesticides – ½ hr; Sirota – Basics of IPM: Decision making for pesticide applications.
12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
Pest Management - Breakout Room #1
12:45 – 1:45 Ornamentals 207; Swift – Boring Insects – Beetles, moths, wasps, and other boring insects. How to identify their damage and control options.
1:45 – 2:45 Ornamentals 207; Swift – Pests of Woody Plants – Aphids, Mites, Scales, and Gallmakers. Identification strategies and control options to include cultural.
2:45 – 3:00 Afternoon Break
3:00 – 4:00 Turf Pests 206; Swift – Diseases of cool-season grasses - Identification and control strategies to include cultural and chemical management.
4:00 – 5:00 Turf Pests 206; Swift – Weed control in cool-season grasses and ornamental plants - Differentiating between broadleaf and grassy weeds and their control; specific info will be provided on treating weeds in ornamental beds.
Pest Management - Breakout Room #2
12:45 – 1:45  Rangeland Pest Control (107) / Industrial Right-of-Way Weed Control (109); Sirota – Managing noxious weeds while protecting endangered/threatened native plants. Note: one credit for one or the other category will be awarded for attending this session.
1:45 – 2:45 Agricultural Insect Control 101; Sirota– Reducing pesticide use in agricultural crops: an overview of methodologies including (but not limited to) pesticide selection, reduced rates, crop rotation, trap cropping, managing the environment.
2:45 – 3:00 – Afternoon Break
3:00 – 4:00 Residential and Commercial Pest Control 304; Sirota – Cockroach Biology and Control.
4:00 – 5:00 Residential and Commercial Pest Control (304); Sirota – What’s biting your client?  Review of biting and stinging insects in and around buildings: identification, biology and management.


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