WSDA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) - Train the Trainer Event – Mount Vernon, WA

on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Posted in Blog & News

This two-day bilingual (Spanish and English) program provides farm trainers with knowledge and skills to effectively deliver pesticide safety training for pesticide handlers and agricultural workers as mandated by the state and federal Worker Protection Standard regulations. Participants will be provided with EPA training materials and will complete four training modules to learn mandatory WPS topics, suitable training methods for adult learners, and practice teaching and delivery. Participants who pass a 25-question quiz (with at least 80%) and successfully complete a mock training at the end of the workshop will become WSDA Certified Trainers and will be qualified to issue WPS worker and handler training verification cards. Nine credits are offered for licensed individuals.

Participants are required to currently hold a valid pesticide license or attend a WSDA WPS Handler Training before signing up for this course. Pre-Registration by March 15, 2019 is required by calling Don McMoran, (360) 428-4270, ext. 225. Please indicate the language preference (English or Spanish) at the time of registration. Only 32 participants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis for those farm trainers. The cost is $50 per person.

Date/Time: April 16 & 17, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: WSU NWREC, Mt Vernon, WA

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