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Title: Pesticide Education, Training and Certification in Canada


1
Pesticide Education, Training and Certification
in Canada
Vivianne Servant, Provincial Co-Chair, WGPETC Albe
rta Environment
  • Jennifer Hamm Craig,
  • Federal Co-Chair, WGPETC
  • Pest Management
  • Regulatory Agency

August 2003
2
Pesticide Regulatory System
  • Federal (PMRA, Health Canada)
  • Product registration for use in Canada
  • Provincial/Territorial
  • sale, use, storage, transport, disposal
    regulations
  • certification and training of applicators and
    vendors

3
The Standard for Pesticide Education, Training
and Certification in Canada
  • Released in 1995
  • Establishes the basic (minimum) knowledge
    requirements to obtain applicator/vendor
    certification
  • Series of documents
  • Online at
  • http//www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pmra-arla/english/edutran/e
    dutran-e.html

4
Framework
  • Purpose/Scope
  • Components
  • Common Terminology
  • Basic Knowledge Requirements (Applicator/Vendor
    Standards)
  • Certification Criteria
  • Recertification Criteria
  • Reciprocity Mechanism

5
The Applicator Standard
  • Core (applicable to all categories)
  • Ten Applicator Categories
  • Aerial
  • Agriculture
  • Aquatic Veg.
  • Forestry
  • Fumigation
  • Greenhouse
  • Industrial Veg.
  • Landscape
  • Mosquito Biting Flies
  • Structural

6
The Vendor Standard
  • Vendor Core
  • Module for Commercial and Restricted Products

7
Concepts Covered in Core Module Structure
  • General Information
  • Regulations
  • Labelling
  • Human Health
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Pest Management
  • Application Technology
  • Emergency Response
  • Professionalism

8
Structure of Basic Knowledge Requirements
  • Course outline information to include in
    courses
  • Instructional Objectives what instructors must
    cover
  • Learning Outcomes concepts student must be able
    to describe or do after taking the course (used
    to develop exam blueprints)

9
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10
Revisions to the Standard
  • Framework (not finalized)
  • Revised category definitions
  • Incorporated recertification by Continuing
    Education Program criterion
  • Added Exam Guidelines
  • Applicator Core Standard (finalized)
  • Expanded IPM concepts/principles
  • Included new legislation (PCP Act)

11
Revisions to the Standard (continued)
  • Landscape module (final draft prepared)
  • Revised templates (guides to revise all modules)
  • Incorporated IPM concepts, treatments and
    examples
  • Updated pest management and application
    technology sections
  • enhanced resistance management information
  • enhanced human health safety information

12
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Learning Outcomes in BKRs establish the key
    concepts that can be examined
  • Critical for exam blueprint development

13
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Developed Exam Guidelines
  • Percent of questions from key concepts (based on
    Learning Outcomes)
  • Percent recall versus application type questions
  • Core and category exam blueprints
  • Standardized Pass Mark/Pass Rate
  • Failure/Rewrite Exam Policy

14
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Developing Directions for Administration of Exams
    (NAFTA)
  • Standardize exam taking sessions
  • Enhance security of exams
  • Incorporate on-line exam procedures

15
Certification Exams Being Developed
  • NAFTA core exam
  • Validated and legally defensible exam
  • Pilot phase
  • On-line National Aerial Exam
  • Based on National Aerial Standard Manual
  • Validated and legally defensible exam
  • field testing phase

16
U.S. Interactions
  • Developing NAFTA exam
  • Developing Exam Administration Procedures
  • Sharing information/resources/experiences
  • Participating together (CTAG, Working Group,
    AAPSE)
  • Future possibilities?
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