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  1. Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries INSTRUCTOR Training Class Updated 09/12/14

  2. House Keeping Page # • Silence Cell Phones • Restrooms • Sign-in [correct information] • Refreshments & Lunch • Recycling • Take notes • Relaxed atmosphere [ask questions & standup walk around]

  3. Today’s Program 9:00 am Welcoming and Introductions 9:30 Part I 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Part II 3:00 Test & Evaluation 3:30 pm Adjourn

  4. Section 1: GI-BMP Program p.5 • By the end of this section you will be able to: • Illustrate the program’s history • Define Florida-Friendly Landscaping ™ • Describe the structure of the GI-BMP Program • Explain how to obtain a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer

  5. Instructor Manual p.5 • Concepts, guidelines and standards • Directions, tips and tools to deliver training • Developed by CTP Rookery Bay NERR

  6. Green Industries Best Management Practices p.11 BMPs are the best ideas of the best companies, coupled with science, and applied with judgment and common sense

  7. GI-BMP Training p. 12

  8. Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Appendix 5 p.14 UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program • Florida Yards and Neighborhoods • Green Industries Best Management Practices Program FYN-Homeowner Program • FYN-Builder & Developer Program

  9. FFL PrinciplesAppendix 5 • Right plant, right place • Water efficiently • Fertilize appropriately • Mulch • Attract wildlife • Manage yard pest responsibly • Recycle yard waste • Reduce stormwater runoff • Protect the waterfront

  10. GI-BMP Partners

  11. p.14 Changes in the instruction, organization, and content of the GI-BMP program can only be made with FDEP authorization and technical advice from UF/IFAS

  12. p.15 3 2 • Program Coordination • Statewide Coordinator • Regional Coordinators • 1. South • 2. Northwest • 3. Northeast 1

  13. GI-BMP Certificate of Training • It belongs to the participant • Participants need to keep the original and submit copies if needed • Does not require renewal

  14. Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer (p. 17 , Appendix 7) Online Application: https://aesecomm.freshfromflorida.com/ • All commercial fertilizer applicators, by January 1, 2014 • Online or paper application • $25 fee, GI-BMP certificate number or copy, photo • Holders exempt from further local testing • Not required for private or institutional applicators • Institutional applicators may be required to obtain GI-BMP training per local ordinance • Renew every 4 years, 4 CEUs Paper Application: http://forms.freshfromflorida.com/13677.pdf

  15. Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer p.17 • Authority to apply only fertilizers in urban landscapes for commercial gain • Does not authorize: • Application of pesticides, including pesticide-fertilizer mixes [i.e. weed and feed] • Operation of pest control business • Application of pesticides or fertilizers by unlicensed or uncertified individuals under the supervision of a certified person

  16. Section 2: Becoming a GI-BMP Certified Instructor p.18 By the end of this section you will be able to: • Explain how to become a GI-BMP certified instructor • Explain how to maintain this certification • Describe why an instructor certification can be revoked • Apply professional training techniques in your classes

  17. Role of the GI-BMP Instructor • Instructors are instrumental in the protection of Florida’s water • Social and environmental responsibility of training professionals on critical practices • Cooperation, technical expertise and dedication make this program an effective alternative to reduce nonpoint source pollution • Instructors can deliver public and private classes

  18. Eligibility p.18

  19. Earning Instructor Certification p. 19 Instructors need to complete the following four steps: 1. Attend a GI-BMP in-person class, pass the test with a minimum score of 90% [in-person, +2006] 2. Apply to become an instructor [form] 3. Attend the GI-BMP Instructor Training class and pass test with a minimum score of 75% 4. Co-train at least two classes [waiver]

  20. Maintaining Instructor Certification p. 20 • Follow the prescribed content • Keep current with all GI-BMP materials • Use only the most current versions of all materials • Follow the length of time allotted for each module • Teach at least one module per year • Complete refreshers and follow updates

  21. Class and Instructor Evaluation p.21 • Any training event may be attended by FDEP or FDACS staff without prior notice • Random, or specifically selected, at the agency’s discretion • Regional Coordinators will conduct evaluations

  22. Instructor Certification Revocation p. 21 • Misrepresentation of FDEP or UF/IFAS • Promoting the missions, objectives and views of other organizations or businesses • Promoting commercial products or services • Seeking any type of personal benefit or benefit for any relative, acquaintance, organization or business from the GI-BMP training • If performance is unsatisfactory a follow up evaluation will be conducted • Instructor certificate will be revoked after three unsatisfactory training evaluations

  23. Instructor Certification Revocation p. 21 • Poor performance • Content alteration • Using GI-BMP materials in ways other than those for which they were intended • Failure to maintain the module time schedules • Failure to meet the GI-BMP training standards described in this manual • Additional compensation for instruction or charging higher fees • Inappropriate, unsafe or unacceptable behavior The FDEP does not permit any type of compensation for instructors, except as part of normal duties of employment

  24. When delivering the GI-BMP training, you are representing the values and the professionalism of the program. 

  25. p.23 Training Techniques

  26. GI-BMP Audience p.22 • Classes open to anyone • Primarily professional landscapers (certification) • Wide age range • Varying degrees of formal education and experience • Average academic level K8 • Very receptive audience

  27. What does it take to have an effective training?

  28. Understand what you are training Skills Knowledge Attitude

  29. Set yourself up for success • Choose an effective time • Choose an effective location • Have your teaching notes, tools and materials ready • Prepare, prepare, prepare

  30. Do instructors have to be good facilitators? 30

  31. Facilitation • Occasionally instructors are the experts • Considerable expertise in the audience • Encourage participation by asking questions

  32. Body Language p. 23 • Body is the most versatile communication tool • 60% non-verbal • Casual body language • Smile • Face the audience • Move around

  33. Voice p. 23 • Loud enough • Use amplifier if needed • Confidence and enthusiasm • Speak slowly and clearly • Use adequate vocabulary [K8] • Be judicious with humor 33

  34. Delivery Methods p. 25 • Lecture • Question & answer • Discussion • Reading • Audio-visual • Drawing • Exercises • Demonstration • Handouts • Hands-on-practice • Other…?

  35. Retention Rate p.26 35 35 35

  36. p. 26 What is the average attention span? 8

  37. Manage Time p. 26 • Difficult to both teach and keep track of time • Have a time keeper • It is a long class, many concepts to cover • Facilitate interactions

  38. Props p. 29 • Spreader/deflector • Fertilizers • Weight scale • Soil test probe • Mulch samples • PPE • Sprinklers, water gauges, rain shut-off valve • Bucket local soil • Turfgrass samples • Silly string • Soap Bubbles • Other?

  39. Other Training Techniques • Read your group! • Dress the part • Use your tools wisely (don’t read from the PPT) • Use people’s names – makes it personal • See instructor manual for more training techniques

  40. Section 3: Organizing and Delivering an In-Person GI-BMP Class p. 30 • By the end of this section you will be able to: • Organize and deliver an effective in-person GI-BMP class • Accommodate special cases • Explain how to use the training materials • Sign-up to deliver CEUs • Manage registration and sign-in • Open a class effectively • Proctor the GI-BMP test • Process the training and certification documentation

  41. Where Do You Begin?

  42. GI-BMP Training Site p. 30 https://gibmp.ifas.ufl.edu

  43. New Training Provider Login Appendix 27 Three steps to Training Provider access: 1) Get a UF ID number: • http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/instructor-gl.htm • May take several days 2) Create a “GatorLink” username (UF computer login) 3) Notify state office to authorize your account Assistants should request accounts in their own name.

  44. New Training Provider Login p. 31 • After logging in, you should see the Training Provider links:

  45. Training Provider Capabilities p. 31 • Add, update, or cancel class postings directly on the website • Online registration • Print pre-filled training record forms • Submit class attendance data online • Send mass emails to students or participating instructors

  46. Instructor Resources Site p. 31 • Resources required to organize a class • Download the latest version of the class materials • CEU information • Tutorials/help for Training Providers http://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/gibmp_instructor.htmlor, link from GI-BMP site after login

  47. Online GI-BMP Certification List

  48. Customer Service p. 31 • Provide information in person, phone, mail and e-mail • Information: • GI-BMP program • Certification process • Class content • Legislation • Local regulation • Licensing and other associated topics • Contact information of key organizations (i.e., UF/IFAS Extension, FDEP, FDACS)

  49. Training Facility p.32 • Facility adequate for adult training • Parking (big trucks with trailers) • Quiet and free from distractions • Proper ventilation • Adequate temperature (74 F) • Restrooms should be available • Sufficient desktop space • Classroom layout • ADA compliant

  50. Additional Instructors p. 32 • Each module taught by instructor with more experience • Less monotonous • Allows the lead instructor to focus on overseeing the organization • Buddy-up (Extension Agents, Industry Instructors) • Regional Coordinators can assist you with identifying additional instructors for your class 50 50 50