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Southwest Vegetation Management Association is sponsoring a training day for people who would like to become certified herbicide applicators under either the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) or the Office of Pest Management (OPM). This class is being offered the day prior to our annual meeting at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort.
The class will include information covered in the National Pesticide Applicator's Core Exam. The class is from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM with a 45-minute lunch. Lunch is provided for you -- please indicate whether you have special food requirements on the order form page. The ADA test will be administered from 2:30 until 5:00 PM.
STUDY GUIDES: This class may not cover everything that is on the exam. It is strongly suggested that you download or purchase the certification manual and study it prior to the class, to ensure that you will pass the test. The National Pesticide Applicator Certification Manual contains background information and exams, which will help you to prepare for the National Pesticide Applicator Core Exam. The twelve chapters and practice tests can be downloaded for free from the following website: http://www.scmac.org/pdf/coremanual2.pdf
(The study guide chapters are at the end of the webpage.)
You can also purchase a hard copy of the study manual for $10.00 from the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Call 602-542-3578 for ordering information. It is highly recommended that you read the study guide prior to taking the class.
Commercial applicator category exam study guides for both ADA and OPM categories can be ordered through Cornell University at: http://psep.cce.cornell.edu/certification/pdf/LatestOrderForm.pdf
If you will be taking the ADA test, you can take it for free the day of the class. While there is no cost to take the exam, there is a cost for obtaining the certification or license after you pass the exam. If you work for a government agency, you will need to provide your government identification for a fee waiver.
If you will be taking the OPM test, you will need to schedule an appointment at the Metro Institute to take the test on a computer. Metro Institutes are located in Phoenix, Glendale, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, Yuma and Kingman. We are not able to give the OPM test on October 24. Click here for more information about costs and locations for OPM testing.
Pesticide Class Schedule and Information
Arizona Department of Agriculture’s licensing department requires a scanned image of a government issued identification card, such as the front and back of an Arizona driver’s license. If you plan to take the agricultural exams at the end of the course, you need to bring a clear copy of the front and back of your driver’s license. If you can also include a copy of your government employee ID, such as a DOI badge or similar item, that would be very helpful. If you have any questions about the ID requirements or the exam, contact Jennifer Weber,Pesticide Safety Field Consultant, Arizona Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Consultation and Training Program:
Phone: (602) 542-0985
Agenda for Monday, 24 October 2016
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome & introductions
8:15 – 8:45: IPM and Pest Management -- Kai Umeda
8:45 – 9:15: Pesticide Labeling -- Mike Wierda
9:15 – 9:45: Pesticide Formulations -- Kai Umeda
9:45 – 10:00: Break
10:00 – 11:00: Planning the Pesticide Application/ Pesticide Application Procedures -- John Brock & Anna Schrenk, with Jennifer Weber going over sample calibration math problems
11:00 – 11:45: Pesticide Hazards & First Aid/Personal Protective Equipment -- Anna Schrenk
11:45 – 12:30: Lunch, on site, included with class registration
12:30 – 1:00: Transportation, Storage & Security -- John Brock
1:00 – 1:30: Pesticides in the Environment -- Mike Wierda
1:30 – 2:00: Emergency or Incident Response -- John Brock
2:00 – 2:30: Federal Pesticide Laws -- John Brock
2:45 – 5:00: Testing. Jennifer is bringing calculators that students can use for the test.
When & Where
Southwest Vegetation Management Association
The mission of SWVMA is to conserve and protect Arizona's natural resources by providing a state-level organization that emphasizes an integrated management approach to address invasive or pest plants. The Southwest Vegetation Management Association was organized in 1997 to increase awareness about invasive vegetation and foster cooperation beteween vegetation managers.