AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Green Industry Training Center will host the Pesticide Applicator University, a comprehensive continuing education program for people who have commercial applicator permits, Oct. 19 and 20 at the Opelika Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala.
Dr. Sonja Thomas, coordinator of Alabama Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, said this conference is a new twist on training.
“This is the first time for Alabama Extension to offer this training in this type of format,” said Thomas. “It will be very much hands-on. Instructors will be primarily Auburn University faculty and Alabama Extension specialists, but there will be some industry professionals teaching as well.”
“The conference will be very beneficial to individuals new to the pest control field and will also be a great refresher course for veteran applicators.”
The Pesticide Applicators University will target a number of applicator categories including aquatic, household pest control, ornamental and turf pest control, public health and wood destroying organisms. Continuing education points have been approved for participants from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“Participants can learn about insect identification, product selection and management, Integrated Pest Management and calibration.”
Registration is open online at http://www.aces.edu/go/576. Early registration, available until Sept. 8, is $99. The registration fee after that increases to $125. The fee covers educational materials and meals. For more information, visit the Pesticide University website at http://www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/university/.