In recent years, the only method for recertification for commercial applicators for category 1D Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control was through exam while private applicators could recertify through testing or by attending continuing instructional courses (CICs) designed for corn and soybean producers. New this year, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Pesticide Bureau has granted approval for recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference.
Topics for the 2016 program include:
- Spotted winged drosophila
- Broad mite
- Apple pests trapping and monitoring
- Pumpkin pests
- Protek insect netting
- Storage and handling of pesticides
- Personal protective equipment
- Worker protection standards (WPS)
- If you have already been attending CICs, the program at the IFVGA meeting will count for recertification. You will receive the same IDALS form you’re accustomed to, but this form will list the Category 1D training (January 26, 2017).
- Private applicators must have attended training for the year their certification expires plus the two previous years for IDALS to consider the training valid for recertification. Example: if your certification expiration is 12/31/18, you should have attended training in 2018, 2017, and 2016.Please follow instructions from your training meeting regarding handling paperwork.
- The training season for Private applicators is December 1 through the following April 15. Training for 2016 would be 12/1/16 through 4/15/17.
- If your certification expired in 2016, you should have retested in 2016. You will renew your certification when you renew your organization’s commercial applicator license. Your new certification will have an expiration date of 12/31/19.To renew your certification by training, your first required training will be in 2017. You will also need training in 2018 and 2019 to renew by training.You will be the first group to NOT have to recertify by testing in 2019.
- For applicators that are due to retest in 2017 or 2018, you must wait until the year after your certification expiration year to switch to attending CICs (but remember you still must test in your certification expiration year). You can attend the IFVGA CIC session for the information, but the certificate of attendance will not count towards certification renewal.
- The training season for commercial and public applicators is each calendar year.
Any person attending the CIC and wanting a certificate of attendance must pay the $35 to attend the program. Applicators who miss a CIC training in one or more years during their 3-year recertification cycle are required to renew their certification by exam. CICs cannot be “made-up” if applicators forget to attend a CIC during each year of their certification cycle. You cannot attend extra CICs during a year and have it count for attendance the next year.
Cost to Attend the IFVGA Conference is $75 per person per day. Cost to attend the CIC course is an additional $35. IFVGA Conference details and registration is available at IFVGA.org.