Mountain West PEST

Mountain West PEST

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Mountain West PEST (Pesticide Education & Safety Training) offers in-depth, unbiased education for private and commercial pesticide applicators, technicians, handlers and workers.  Mountain West PEST provides a variety of pesticide safety education and safety training options.  These include:
  • Continuing education credits (CEC) for commercial and private applicators
  • Verifiable training for applicator technicians
  • Partnering with your business or organization to provide pesticide applicator credits for both commercial and private applicators
  • EPA required Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training.  WPS is a very complex regulation. Mountain West PEST can provide Compliance Assistance, Train-the-Trainer and Worker or Handler Training.
Mountain West PEST is pleased to offer private courses for small groups at your location.  Training preparation and delivery is time-consuming.  Outsourcing with Mountain West PEST is a cost-effective and sensible approach to meeting your training needs.  You can choose a training solution that matches your learning style and schedule.It is important that these courses be arranged well in advance as the schedule fills up quickly.  Please call or email Sandra at 970-266-9573970-266-9573 or Sandra@MountainWestPEST.com to schedule a course at your location!


Continuing Education Opportunities
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Private Applicator Workshops

Private Applicator Workshops will provide ALL seven (7) Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) required recertification core credits:
  • Laws and Regulations (2 credits)
  • Applicator Safety
  • Public Safety
  • Pesticides and Their Families
  • Environmental Protection
  • Use of Pesticides


Applicator Workshop Schedule 

  • October 3, 2014 - Fort Lupton, CO
  • November 14, 2014 - Fort Collins, CO
  • December 2, 2014 - Burlington, CO
  • December 9, 2014 - Durango, CO
  • December 17, 2014 - Eaton, CO
If you would like to receive an email as future workshops are finalized please send a request to Sandra at Sandra@MountainWestPEST.com.


Private Applicators

The Colorado Pesticide Applicator’s Act requires that a person may not use restricted-use or state-restricted-use pesticides unless licensed (certified) by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).  The Colorado Private Pesticide Applicator License is required of individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides on land in agricultural production that is owned, leased, or rented by them or their employer.

CDA has a two-part system for private pesticide license renewal:
  1. You accumulate the seven (7) required Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
  2. You pay a renewal fee ($75.00) to the Colorado Department of Agriculture
Colorado Private Pesticide Applicator Licenses are issued for three years.  Continuing Education Credits (recetification credits) can be obtained at any time during the three year license cycle.

All Colorado Private Pesticide Applicator licenses expire on the applicator’s birthday.  Renewal application forms are mailed to the Private Applicator six (6) months before the expiration date.  If a licensee does not receive the renewal notice, a copy may be requested by calling the Pesticide Section at 303-869-9064303-869-9064. 303-239-418  It is important that licensees inform CDA of any address change.

To renew a license, the licensee must complete the renewal notice and send it back to the CDA Pesticide Section with renewal fee ($75.00) and have accumulated the required seven (7) recertification credits.

If you do not acquire the required continuing education credits or let your license lapse you must retest in order to be licensed through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Call CDA 303-239-4140303-869-9064 for further information. 


Commercial Applicators

Mountain West PEST is providing Commercial Pesticide Applicators pesticide safety education in 2014 in both core and category credits.  Mountain West PEST has received Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) approval for recertification credit hours in the following commercial pesticide applicator categories:

Core

  • Laws and Regulations (2 credits)
  • Applicator Safety
  • Public Safety
  • Pesticides and Their Families
  • Environmental Protection
  • Use of Pesticides
Category

Agriculture
  • Agricultural Insect (101)
  • Agricultural Diseases (102)
  • Agricultural Weed (103)
  • Seed Treatment (104)
  • Livestock Pest Control (105)
  • Forestry (106)
  • Rangeland (107)
  • Aquatic Pest Control (108)
  • Industrial & Right-of-Way (109)
  • Public Health Pest Control (110)
  • Research and Development (111)
  • Metam Sodium for Sewer Root Control (113)

Turf & Ornamental

  • Turf Pest Control (206) – 2 credits
  • Ornamental Pest Control (207) – 2 credits

Structural

  • Wood Destroying Organisms (301)
  • Outdoor Vertebrate Pest Control (302)
  • Fumigation (303)
  • Residential/Commercial Pest Control (304) – 2 credits
  • Stored Commodities (305)
  • Wood Preservatives (306)
  • Interior Plant Pest Control (307)
 
Technician Training
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Training is one of the most important elements of any pesticide safety program.  The CDA requires that all unlicensed technicians who work for Commercial/Limited Commercial/Public Applicators be verifiably trained.

These training requirements are outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the Pesticide Applicators' Act. Technicians that must be trained include both new and experienced technicians, although the amount of training differs for the two groups.
  • New applicator technicians require twelve (12) hours minimum of classroom-instructional training on laws and regulations, environmental precautions, use, equipment and calibration, pesticides and their families, pest management, applicator safety, pesticide label and labeling, host and pest identification, and public safety.  Additional on-the-job training is required but the number of hours differs based on the application category.
  • Experienced technicians require four (4) hours minimum divided between classroom-instructional training and on-the-job training as determined by the qualified supervisor on laws and regulations, environmental precautions, use, equipment and calibration, pesticides and their families, pest management, applicator safety, pesticide label and labeling, host and pest identification, and public safety. 

Mountain West PEST technician training classes are designed to meet CDA’s classroom instruction requirements – new employee technician training (minimum of 12 hours) or experienced employee technician training (minimum of 4 hours).


About Mountain West PEST                                                                                                                                                               Top

Mountain West PEST was founded by Sandra McDonald in 2009.  Prior to establishing Mountain West PEST, Sandra was the Environmental and Pesticide Education Specialist at Colorado State University.  She worked for thirteen (13) years at Colorado State University where she was involved in specialty crop pesticide research in addition to her role as a pesticide safety educator.  Sandra also has extensive teaching experiences in pesticide safety, pesticide applicator exposure, pest management and pesticides in the environment.  She is an active member of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators, the Western Society of Weed Science and the Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association.

Mountain West PEST is the service provider for the Western Invasive Weed Short Course and the 2011 National Pesticide Certification and Training Workshop.

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