Monday, January 7, 2013

Texas 2013 School IPM coordinator training schedule

Howdy Everyone,

Sorry for the long delay in getting these dates out to you, had a few glitches along the way.  Below are the four regional two-day school IPM training's that Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be offering in 2013.  Hope to see you at one of the dates listed below.  Also remember that this year’s TIPMAPS conference will be held in Austin in conjunction with the Entomological Society of America (ESA) - look for more information about this conference after March 2013. 

In the meantime, check out our training's, our website or if you need a management plan we have them.  I'm also willing to come by and visit with you and your staff about your program, at no cost to you or the district. 

Location                                   Training Date                        Registration Deadline    
DFW Area                               February 20 & 21, 2013                         Feb 15, 2013
Grand Prairie ISD – Houston Professional Development Center, 1502 College St, Grand Prairie

Central TX Area                      April 17 & 18, 2013                   April 12, 2013
Waco ISD, Viking Hill Elementary, 7200 Viking Dr, Waco, 76710 – In the library

East TX Area                           Sept 18 & 19, 2013                    Sept 20, 2013
Tyler ISD – Administration Building, room B-1; 1319 Earl Campbell Pkwy, Tyler, TX

Houston Area                          Oct. 15 & 16, 2013                    Oct 9, 2013
Katy ISD –Leonard Merrell Center, Conference rooms 142-144, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas 77494   Keyword:  School IPM
For more information you can call 979-845-2604 to register by phone

Class time is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with an hour for lunch.
Advanced Cost: $210 for both days, $135 for one day only
Late Registration and Day of Event Fee $240 for both days, $155 for one day

Day One – Required New Coordinator Training
If you’re a new IPM Coordinator and have not yet taken the six-hour mandatory IPM Coordinator training, this class is for you.  This class fulfills Texas state requirements for IPM Coordinators under Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 7, Subchapter H, Division 3, RULE §7.150, School IPM.  Whether this is your first time, or you just need a refresher course.  The course instructors help coordinators understand their role in the school IPM program and help prepare them for TDA inspections.  The course will cover legal requirements for schools, an introduction to IPM, how to monitor your schools under the new requirements, and a hands-on exercise to understand the difference between Green, Yellow and Red Category pesticides.  Students are encouraged to bring their questions regarding their program and a willingness to learn new things. 

Day Two – Advanced Coordinator Training
Advanced training is for both experienced and new school IPM coordinators.  This training will offer CEU credits for those who are licensed under the Texas Department of Agriculture/Structural Pest Control Service or need hours towards their school IPM recertification. Topics for this year’s second day will include hands-on exercises on landscape and turf IPM.  Review of IPM program guidelines and additional information about outdoor inspect pests. This class will offer regional experts in landscape and turf IPM as guest speakers.

All class participants will receive a 3-ring notebook with necessary forms and paperwork regarding school IPM program implementation.

Instructors: Dr. Don Renchie, Dr. Mike Merchant, and Ms. Janet Hurley

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