All public schools in TX are required under Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 7, Subchapter H, Division 7 School IPM to adopt, implement and maintain a school-integrated pest management program. Part of these requirements is for all Independent School Districts to appoint an IPM Coordinator by the Superintendent, and then attend an approved school IPM Coordinator training.
This all-day course meets the requirements that TDA requires for all new IPM coordinators. At the same time, for those IPM Coordinators who have been in their positions for more than three years, this course will offer the 6 hours of CEU credit to maintain your IPM Coordinator certification.
For pest management professionals and ground personnel, this course offers a good foundation about integrated pest management, the laws and rules associated with pesticide licensing, school IPM, and pesticide safety. TDA AG & SPCS credit will be available. This course is open to everyone!
Attendees can earn:
- 6 hours of classroom content for IPM Coordinators
- Pesticide Applicators will receive 5 CEUs as authorized by the Texas Department of Agriculture
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award USDA NIFA CPPM – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension IPM Program is number 2021-70006- 35347
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Integrated Pest Management | Janet Hurley
What is IPM? IPM Essentials (principles of IPM and the IPM process). Pest management decision-making (visual inspections, sampling, and trapping), Non-chemical Pest Control Measures (Sanitation, Cultural, Physical, Mechanical, Pest Proofing, and Biological Controls)
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM | TX Pesticide Applicator Rules | Don Renchie or Janet Hurley
Overview of who regulates applicators, who needs to be licensed, and what types of licenses are available in TX. Notification and posting - where in when outdoor vs. indoors. Pesticide and Service Report Records and what records should be kept and for how long.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM | TX School IPM Rules | Don Renchie or Janet Hurley
Responsibility of School Districts to Adopt an IPM Program; Responsibilities of the IPM Coordinator, Certified Applicators, and Licensed Technician; Pesticide Use in School Districts, Incidental Use for Schools
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM | Catered Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Pesticide Safety | Don Renchie or Janet Hurley
The session will cover the basics of pesticide safety information including modes of action, label comprehension, and rules to follow.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM | Using Pesticides In and Around Schools | Janet Hurley
The session will cover what the school IPM rules discuss and then use that information to explain how pesticides are used.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | Managing your IPM Program | Janet Hurley & Bryant McDowell
The session will cover all aspects of pesticide safety and IPM recordkeeping to help schools and pest management professionals stay in compliance with TDA rules.
* 15 minute breaks in between sessions