Florida Pest Management Association meetings with DEP and IFAS result in streamlined Green Industries Best Management Practices (GIBMP) training options.
Editor's note: Allen Fugler, executive vice president of the Florida Pest Management Association, submitted the following article detailing some of the benefits gained from FPMA meetings with DEP and IFAS, which resulted in streamlined GIBMP training options.
FPMA President George Braker, Government Affairs Chair Bryan Cooksey, Members Erica Santella, Adam Jones, Barry Troutman and EVP Allen Fugler met with DEP and IFAS over a series of Gainesville meetings that resulted in a streamlined Green Industries Best Management Practices training process.
Here is a review of FPMA requests and the DEP/IFAS responses:
Consideration of the 30 day advanced notice of training sessions: IFAS and DEP allow for waivers for prior notice and have revised the GIBMP manual to explain the process allowing for exceptions.
Allow individuals certified in L&O and GIBMP to provide GIBMP training and proctor online tests, modifying the Train-the-Trainer program for qualified pest management professionals: IFAS and DEP now allow three options for training and testing, two of which accommodate business needs and do not require PMPs to go through the Train the Trainer process.
Modify the current online training to:
Separate the 6-hour training modules from the test administration, which will be done by mid-January. Score online tests immediately, which is already available; issue GIBMP certificates upon successful completion of tests, with local printing capabilities, which will be available by mid-January. IFAS and DEP are working with DACS to transfer student test records directly to FDACS Bureau of Compliance without an actual certificate submission
Training and Testing Options:
Personal instruction from T-t-T certified trainer, who proctors paper tests with prior notice and delivery from DEP, as required in the current system; there is no charge for testing
IFAS GIBMP online training modules taken and tested individually, with no T-t-T certified trainer needed for test proctoring; there is a $15 fee per test
DVDs delivered to businesses upon request and at no charge, for viewing by employees, with online testing proctored without T-t-T certified trainers; DVDs have company-specific registrations numbers used for online test registration, and a $15 per online test; paper testing is still available with prior notice with no charge
All fertilizer applicators, both Certified Operators and ID Cardholders, must have IFAS GIBMP certification and a Limited Fertilizer Certification (LFC) issued by DACS by January 1, 2014, as required by a 2009 law. GBMP certificaion is a prerequisite to apply for the LFC, and both certifications must be in the possession of fertilizer applicators while performing services. Many local ordinances already require these credentials; check out the latest ordinances here.
DEP and IFAS will attend the 2013 Pest and Lawn Care Expo to distribute the GIBMP DVDs and explain training options during the Lawn Care program and L&O CEUs, and will share information about GIBMP classes conducted by IFAS county agents as an additional option. FPMA will post the link to the DVD request form as soon as it is available.
IFAS and DEP representatives were receptive to the needs presented by FPMA for a flexible, business-friendly and effective GIBMP training model, and the options that resulted from their meetings will accommodate pest management professionals performing fertilization services. FPMA encourages its members to attend Expo to learn more about these options and to complete their GIBMP training and LFC application well in advance of the January 1, 2014 deadline. Please contact Allen Fugler if you have any questions at 407-293-8627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.