Covid, Commercial Applicators CEUs, and EPA Opportunities

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with typical Continuing Education Units (CEU) opportunities, as well as testing for commercial applicators. Some meetings have been cancelled and others have gone on-line. For many, the on-line meetings provide opportunities to get CEU credit for meetings offered from distant counties that would normally be impractical to attend. Be prepared to provide your license number when participating in these on-line meetings in order to get credit.

A note from the KDA

“Kentucky law requires you to maintain pesticide certification with 12 CEUs (continuing education units) for agriculture related categories (9 general and 3 specific) OR a total of 15 CEUs for structural licenses within a 3-year period. If your certification expires, the only remaining option will be to retest.

While we currently have the ability to provide limited testing at two locations in Kentucky, KDA is unsure of widespread testing availability in the 2021 season. Maintaining your current certification through CEUs is critical in determining your ability to apply pesticides in 2021. We ask that you check to see how many CEUs you currently need to renew your certification by visiting: https://www.kyagr-apps.com/AgLicensing/Pesticides/Public/Search.

Under current COVID-19 meeting restrictions, face-to-face meetings for CEU courses will not be available in the near future. All courses being approved for CEU credits are only available online. The approved courses and times can be viewed on the KDA website at https://www.kyagr.com/consumer/pesticide-training-and-testing.html.

For structural applicators, the University of Kentucky has developed an on-line short course for Category 7 applicators to obtain their required CEUs. The program will offer CEU classes from October 23 through December 18 on every Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. You can view registration requirements at the structural CEU schedule mentioned above.

Please feel free to reach out to the KDA office at 502-573-0282 for any questions that you may have.”

CEU opportunities offered by the EPA

“As more and more people are seeking opportunities to take trainings on-line, in this unusual, uncertain time, the U.S. EPA Headquarters, Office of Pesticide Programs, US EPA Center for IPM has come up with new training webinars and features for our upcoming 20-21 EPA webinar season. We will be holding numerous, free, pest-related, live training webinars this year. Last year we offered similar webinars for state USDA Forestry departments, LTE’s, CTE’s, PMPs, urban forestry groups, and many ISA regions who pre-authorized anywhere from 1 to 1.5 CEUs each for tree-related webinars.

Based on request by multiple state agencies and organizations, at the end of the webinars we will:

  • Ask 10 -12 post-webinar multiple choice topical knowledge questions
  • Ask for the attendee to identify which agency / organization they are seeking to obtain CEUs from
  • We request the attendee provide their state license number, if applicable
  • We ask each attendee permission to the certifying organization their information, including e-mail address
  • They must stay on the webinar for the required length of time
  • We provide them with an attendance certificate at the end of the webinar
  • We will provide you (the stated organization) with the attendees’ names, time log, e-mail, license number and questions with answers log.”

Some of the pest-related webinars for this year

Rodents III – Post-Infestation Clean-Up Tips (Oct. 20, 2020)

  • A continuation of our popular 2019 rodent series featuring international rodent expert, Dr. Bobby Corrigan of RMC Consulting, who will address the latest technologies for rodent management. Environmental health experts from CDC and industry will also discuss the steps you can take to minimize the health risks posed during post-infestation clean-ups.
  • https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2406987492858137357

IPM For Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Woody Ornamentals (Nov. 12, 2020)

  • An addition to our outreach on IPM for tree pests, this webinar will review the two main classes of scale insects – armored and soft. Most shade trees, fruit trees and ornamental shrubs are subject to scale insect infestation and damage. They feed on the sap of plants and a large population can weaken, damage, and even kill a plant. Proper identification is critical to making informed control decisions and maintaining good tree health is equally important in preventing scale infestations. Join us to learn how to detect and identify scale. Hear about the latest in prevention and control strategies, including cultural controls and pesticides. Continuing education credits will be available through some tree/arborist and pest management associations.
  • https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2657292414433258509

Invasive Woody Plant Management – Part 1 of 2 (Dec. 1, 2020)

  • Encroachment of woody vegetation threatens the biology and ecology of many types of ecosystems. The loss of natural foragers, fires, human-caused disturbances, and the introduction of non-native plants combine to impact native vegetation and associated wildlife. Removing invasive woody species improves the function of local ecosystems and opens the landscape to provide more suitable habitat for birds and other wildlife.  This two-part series is a continuation of EPA’s tree IPM webinars and will focus on managing invasive woody plants such as tree of heaven, buckthorn, and Japanese knotweed.  Attendees will learn the IPM practices used to provide cost-effective management of these woody invasive plants that include mechanical removal (cutting and shredding), herbicide treatments, fire, and biological controls. Learn how to identify these species and to develop IPM-based strategies for their prevention and control in your region.
  • https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3353151333420357388

IPM for Spotted Lanternfly (Apr. 13, 2021)

  • This topic is a continuation of our IPM for Tree Pests webinar series and will review one of the newest invasive challenges to face trees in the U.S. ─ the spotted lanternfly.  Join us to learn about the environmental and the economic devastation currently taking place throughout the mid-Atlantic states. Unfortunately, the lanternfly is on the move, expanding toward the northeast, Appalachia, and north-central states. This webinar will present the latest in prevention and control strategies used by arborists, including pesticides (biopesticides and conventional pesticides), cultural controls, and biological controls. Continuing education credits will be available through some tree/arborist and pest management associations.
  • https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5722564806418995983

After the live webinar, many of our webinars will be posted on the EPA website for ‘on-demand’ viewing. We only offer the service for the live broadcast.”

A Final Note

The KDA has pre-certified these meetings offered by the EPA for CEU credit. To see which categories of CEU credit are available, visit the KDA pesticide training and testing website listed above.  If you wish to attend these meetings, then preregister for each meeting using the appropriate links above.

 

By Ric Bessin, Entomology Extension Specialist

 

 

 

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