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COVID-19 UPDATE FOR PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TESTING:

Due to COVID-19, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will begin scheduling exams for pesticide applicators on a limited basis beginning April 27th.  The way tests are proctored and where the exams are given has changed to minimize the risk of exposure.  Please contact your local MDA Field Office to schedule an exam using the following website:  https://agr.mt.gov/ASBFieldOffices


The Montana Department of Agriculture approves all trainings for pesticide applicators and dealers regardless of location and license type. Generally, over 400 trainings are approved for Continuing Education Credits (CEs) each year. Some are sponsored by MDA, many are sponsored by industry, professional organizations, online training institutions, universities, and more.

Use the links below to find the information you need.


The MDA Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

These trainings are being presented via Zoom and are free of charge. Each training will provide 1 CE per training* for the listed classifications (categories).   

Classification Credits: The Vertebrate Pests and Human Health training is specific to the diseases that transfer from wildlife to humans providing tips on awareness and prevention. This training will provide 1 CE for each of the following classifications: (10) Dealer, (32) Ag Vertebrate Pest, (33) Forest Pest, (34) O&T, (40) IISH, (43) M-44, (45) School IPM, (51) Predator, (54) Rodent, and (63) Private Sodium Cyanide(M-44).

All other scheduled trainings will provide 1 CE in the following classifications: (10) Dealer, (30) Ag Plant Pest, (31) Ag Animal Pest, (32) Ag Vertebrate Pest, (33) Forest Pest, (34) O&T, (35) Seed Treatment, (36) Aquatic Pest, (37) Right of Way, (38) Public Health Pest, (39) Demo & Research, (40) IISH, (41) Wood Treatment, (43) M-44, (44) Special Utility, (45) School IPM, (46) Piscicide, (56) Other, (50) Mosquito Abatement, (51) Predator, (54) Rodent, (55) Regulatory Weed, (60) Private Ag Pest, (61) Private Aquatic Pest, (63) Private Sodium Cyanide(M-44).

*12:00 and 6:00 pm trainings on the same day are the same training and do not qualify for duplication of credits.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • Register in advance for the webinars you wish to attend.
    • See a training you’d like to participate in? Just click on the link to register
  • Additional information is also available in the MTPlants Course Locator. Select Webinar for the Meeting Type and enter (including asterisks) *MDA Fall Training* in the Meeting Name to pull up this specific list of trainings.
  • You may be automatically directed to download Zoom when registering for a training. This is a quick and easy process. While not required, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at: https://zoom.us/signup. For the fastest and smoothest process, download Zoom ahead of time. This will help you be prepared so that you don’t end up late to a training.
  • It’s a good idea to join your scheduled training(s) 5 minutes before the training begins. 

2020 Fall Webinar Training Events Calendar

Date Time & Course Link Topic Presenter Course Info
September 30

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Vertebrate Pests and Human Health Stephen M. Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist This presentation will cover the various threats to human health and safety posed by wildlife. The goal is to make attendees aware of the risks involved with wildlife and provide some tactics to reduce those risks.
October 14

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar 

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

 

Understanding Pesticide Drift Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

Dr. Tharp will go over the different types of drift, what is commonly encountered in Montana, and knowing when to apply pesticides to reduce drift. He will discuss ways to reduce drift including equipment modifications, timing, and understanding weather.

October 21

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Understanding Pesticide Labels Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist 

Understanding and comprehending the pesticide label is a crucial part of the application process. This course covers the important parts of the pesticide label as well as answering common questions that come up when reading a pesticide label.

October 28

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar 

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Carli Davis, MDA Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Program What are waste pesticides? How do I know if a pesticide is no longer usable? Who is responsible for proper disposal of pesticides? These and other questions will be answered at this informative training.
November 4

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

What to Expect During an Inspection Kima Traynham and Tonda Moon, MDA Field Staff

Routine inspections are part of the experience of being a pesticide license holder. MDA Field Staff’s goal is to help you be compliant with Montana’s pesticide laws and regulations and to ensure safety of license holders, citizens, animals, and the environment.

November 11

(Veteran's Day)  

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Storage and Equipment Maintenance   Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist 

The proper storage of pesticides is imperative. In this webinar, Myles will discuss proper storage practices as well essential pieces of information on maintenance to prevent wasted product and time as well as potential environmental concerns.

November 18

12:00 p.m. Training -  Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Safety Michaela Hystad, MDA Field Staff

Understanding the importance of proper safety while applying pesticides to mitigate your personal exposure to pesticides. Topics covered in this course are PPE, ways to minimize exposure, first aid, and how to spot various heat related issues.

 


Contact


Myles Sailer
Training Development Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-5512
E-mail : myles.sailer@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Rory Ruffner
Pesticide Licensing, Registration, & Training Program Manager

Phone : (406) 444-3676
E-mail : Rory.Ruffner@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


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Montana Pesticide Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

List of free Zoom webinar trainings is now available for MT pesticide license holders. Each training will provide 1 CE per training.

Montana Pesticide Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

The  MDA Fall webinar trainings schedule is now available to help Montana pesticide applicators fulfill their continuing education requirements for their Montana pesticide license under the current COVID-19 situation. These trainings are being presented via Zoom and are free of charge. Each training will provide 1 CE per training* for the listed classifications (categories).   

  • September 30, 2020: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health (Presented by: Stephen M. Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist)
  • October 14, 2020: Understanding Pesticide Drift (Presented by: Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist)
  • October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 and 6:00: Understanding Pesticide Labels (Presented by: Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist)
  • October 28, 2020: Pesticide Disposal & Container Recycling )Presented by: Carli Davis, MDA Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Program)
  • November 4, 2020: What to Expect During an Inspection (Presented by: Kima Traynham and Tonda Moon, MDA Field Staff)
  • November 11, 2020 (Veteran’s Day): Pesticide Storage & Equipment Maintenance (Presented by: Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist)
  • November 18, 2020: Pesticide Safety (Presented by: Michaela Hystad, MDA Field Staff)

Click here to learn more and register in advance.

Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

September 30th at 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

Stephen M. Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist, for the Montana Department of Agriculture is presenting a no-cost webinar entitled Vertebrate Pests and Human Health on September 30th at 12:00 and 6:00pm. This 1 CE hour-long training will discuss the threats posed by vertebrate animals to human-health and safety and will provide some tips for mitigating those threats. Preregistration is required.

To preregister or to learn more about available trainings visit https://mtplants.mt.gov/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx.

Select the 32 - Vertebrate Pest category under the Webinar meeting type.

For additional information on vertebrate pests visit https://agr.mt.gov/Topics/Vertebrate-Pests