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Pesticide Education, Training and Certification in Canada. Vivianne Servant, Provincial Co-Chair, WGPETC Alberta Environment. Jennifer Hamm Craig, Federal Co-Chair, WGPETC Pest Management Regulatory Agency. August 2003. Pesticide Regulatory System. Federal (PMRA, Health Canada)

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pesticide education training and certification in canada

Pesticide Education, Training and Certification in Canada

Vivianne Servant,

Provincial Co-Chair,

WGPETC

Alberta Environment

Jennifer Hamm Craig,

Federal Co-Chair, WGPETC

Pest Management

Regulatory Agency

August 2003

pesticide regulatory system
Pesticide Regulatory System
  • Federal (PMRA, Health Canada)
    • Product registration for use in Canada
  • Provincial/Territorial
    • sale, use, storage, transport, disposal regulations
    • certification and training of applicators and vendors
the standard for pesticide education training and certification in canada
The Standard forPesticide Education, Training and Certification in Canada
  • Released in 1995
  • Establishes the basic (minimum) knowledge requirements to obtain applicator/vendor certification
  • Series of documents
  • Online at

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pmra-arla/english/edutran/edutran-e.html

framework
Framework
  • Purpose/Scope
  • Components
    • Common Terminology
    • Basic Knowledge Requirements (Applicator/Vendor Standards)
    • Certification Criteria
    • Recertification Criteria
    • Reciprocity Mechanism
the applicator standard
The Applicator Standard
  • Core (applicable to all categories)
  • Ten Applicator Categories
  • Aerial
  • Agriculture
  • Aquatic Veg.
  • Forestry
  • Fumigation
  • Greenhouse
  • Industrial Veg.
  • Landscape
  • Mosquito & Biting Flies
  • Structural
the vendor standard
The Vendor Standard
  • Vendor Core
  • Module for Commercial and Restricted Products
concepts covered in core module structure
Concepts Covered in Core & Module Structure
  • General Information
  • Regulations
  • Labelling
  • Human Health
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Pest Management
  • Application Technology
  • Emergency Response
  • Professionalism
structure of basic knowledge requirements
Structure of Basic Knowledge Requirements
  • Course outline – information to include in courses
  • Instructional Objectives – what instructors must cover
  • Learning Outcomes – concepts student must be able to describe or do after taking the course (used to develop exam blueprints)
revisions to the standard
Revisions to the Standard
  • Framework (not finalized)
    • Revised category definitions
    • Incorporated recertification by Continuing Education Program criterion
    • Added Exam Guidelines
  • Applicator Core Standard (finalized)
    • Expanded IPM concepts/principles
    • Included new legislation (PCP Act)
revisions to the standard continued
Revisions to the Standard (continued)
  • Landscape module (final draft prepared)
    • Revised templates (guides to revise all modules)
    • Incorporated IPM concepts, treatments and examples
    • Updated pest management and application technology sections
    • enhanced resistance management information
    • enhanced human health & safety information
criteria for certification exams
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Learning Outcomes in BKRs establish the key concepts that can be examined
  • Critical for exam blueprint development
criteria for certification exams1
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Developed Exam Guidelines
    • Percent of questions from key concepts (based on Learning Outcomes)
    • Percent recall versus application type questions
    • Core and category exam blueprints
    • Standardized Pass Mark/Pass Rate
    • Failure/Rewrite Exam Policy
criteria for certification exams2
Criteria for Certification Exams
  • Developing Directions for Administration of Exams (NAFTA)
    • Standardize exam taking sessions
    • Enhance security of exams
    • Incorporate on-line exam procedures
certification exams being developed
Certification Exams Being Developed
  • NAFTA core exam
    • Validated and legally defensible exam
    • Pilot phase
  • On-line National Aerial Exam
    • Based on National Aerial Standard & Manual
    • Validated and legally defensible exam
    • field testing phase
u s interactions
U.S. Interactions
  • Developing NAFTA exam
  • Developing Exam Administration Procedures
  • Sharing information/resources/experiences
  • Participating together (CTAG, Working Group, AAPSE)
  • Future possibilities?