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Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Inside Buzz Newsletter - Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Bulletin 6

Training is important for pest management professionals

Initial training of new technicians prior to registration is important to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to properly identify and treat for pests. This initial training also ensures the technician's safety and that of humans, animals, and the environment where they work. Continuing education after registration keeps that knowledge and those skills sharp. It also keeps technicians up to date on research and technological advances in pest management.

Rule 620-3-.02 requires training for registered employees prior to their registration and continuing education after registration.

Rule 620-3-.02(1)
(e) The Licensee shall be responsible for registering all non-certified employees involved in the solicitation or performance of pest control work with the Secretary. No employee shall be allowed to solicit any business or perform any pest control work except in the presence of a certified operator or another registered employee until such employee has satisfied all requirements for employee registration or reregistration as set forth below:
1. Ten (10) hours of classroom training approved by the Commission and presented by a currently certified operator or other person whom the Commission has determined to be competent to deliver training in the following areas:
(i) State and Federal laws and regulations.
(ii) How to read and interpret a pesticide label.
(iii) Handling of emergencies and spills, including signs and symptoms of common types of pesticide poisoning, emergency practical treatment for pesticide exposure, how to obtain emergency medical care and decontamination procedures.
(iv) Proper methods of storing, mixing, loading, transporting, handling, applying and disposing of pesticides.
(v) Safety and health issues including proper use of personal protective equipment, hazards posed by the toxicity and exposure of pesticides, including acute and delayed reactions and routes of exposure.
(vi) Potential adverse effects caused by various climatic or environmental conditions such as drift, run off, and groundwater contamination.
2. Seventy (70) hours of on-the job experience under the constant personal supervision of a currently certified operator or a currently registered employee in the category(ies) in which registration is sought, or another person whom the Commission has approved as competent to supervise such experience.
3. Documentation of applicant's training and on-the job experience by category. Such documentation shall be on a form prescribed by the Commission and such form shall be executed by the certified operators, registered employees or other persons providing such training and experience.


Additionally, the Structural Pest Control Commission has created a specific form to document this training prior to registration. This form must be maintained by the company for a period of two years and can be found on the Structural Pest Division webpage (http://agr.georgia.gov/structural.aspx) under Forms.

Rule 620-3-.02(1)(e)
All employee registrations shall expire on June 30 of each odd numbered year unless the registered employee has earned the hours of recertification training per category approved by the Commission prior to March 1 of each odd numbered year. The registration of any employee who becomes registered after October 1 of any even numbered year shall be eligible for renewal for the succeeding two year period without earning the required recertification hours. The Licensee shall pay the renewal fee of ten (10) dollars to the Secretary by June 30 for any employee who has earned the hours of approved training required, or who is otherwise eligible for renewal. Any renewal fee paid July 1 through September 30 shall be twenty (20) dollars. Any employee who fails to renew registration before October 1 must complete all requirements for initial registration before being registered again. The hours of Commission approved training required for reregistration for each two year period shall be:
  • Household Pest Control  8 hours
  • Wood Destroying Organisms 8 hours
  • Fumigation  3 hours
Computer based training shall be limited to no more than 4 hours for Household Pest Control, 4 hours for Wood Destroying Organisms, and 1 hour for Fumigation.

Rule 620-3-.02 sets limits on continuing education units (CEUs) earned through “Computer Based Training.” With the extraordinary circumstances we have been under, this limit was waived for the 2021 renewal period, but is back in enforcement now since most in-person training has resumed. However, there are still distance learning options that do not count as computer-based training for those that do not want to resume in-person courses yet. Online trainings that take place live and allow for real-time, two-way communication between the instructor and attendees are considered “Interactive Distance Learning” and do not count towards the computer-based training limit.

Registered technicians and certified operators can now check their earned CEU hours easier than ever before! The Structural Pest Control Licenses sent out after 2021 renewals have QR code on the back. You can scan this code with a smart phone to be taken to Structural Pest Control Applicator Profile, where you can find your training summary.

We wrapped up renewals on September 30, 2021. Reflecting on the new challenges we have faced during this license period, we appreciate everything the pest management professionals in the state have done to ensure they keep learning and keep providing valuable services to the residents of Georgia.
 
Ali Ikner is a Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Structural Pest Division
The next meeting of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission is October 12th. 

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SPD Atlanta Office
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Structural Pest Division, Room 411
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 656-3641
 
Web: agr.georgia.gov/structural.aspx
Email: pest@agr.georgia.gov
The Structural Pest newsletter is produced by the Structural Pest Division in an effort to inform all Structural Pest Control Companies and certified operators of state and national updates.  

For questions or comments regarding the newsletter, please email pest@agr.georgia.gov
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