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ISDA to Host WPS Train-the-Trainer Sessions in Idaho
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the schedule for upcoming Worker
Protection Standard (WPS) Train-The-Trainer sessions throughout Idaho. The federal WPS rule went
into effect on January 2, 2017, and requires annual pesticide safety training for agricultural
workers and pesticide handlers.
Annual training must be conducted by a qualified WPS trainer or a certified pesticide applicator.
Trainer certification can be achieved by attending a Train-The-Trainer session. The WPS only
applies to those using pesticides for agricultural plant production. This may include farms,
forests, nurseries and greenhouses.
The Train-The-Trainer sessions are approximately six hours long and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
local time. Pre- registration is required. Registration may be requested by emailing the ISDA at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed registrations must include name, phone number, desired session, and the
number of people attending the training. Seating is limited.
April 11, 2017 Elks Lodge Rupert Spanish
April 12, 2017 Best Western Burley Inn Burley English
April 13, 2017 CSI, HSHS Bldg., Rm# 151 Twin Falls English
April 18, 2017 Elks Lodge Caldwell Spanish
April 19, 2017 Vendome Event Center Weiser English
April 20, 2017 Hampton Inn Nampa English
April 25, 2017 AmericInn Lodge & Suites Rexburg English
April 26, 2017 Shoshone Bannock Hotel Fort Hall Spanish
April 27, 2017 Shoshone Bannock Hotel Fort Hall English
April 25, 2017 Best Western Plus CdA Inn Coeur d’Alene English
April 27, 2017 Best Western University Inn Moscow English
May 4, 2017 Kootenai River Inn Bonners Ferry English
For current certified applicators, this training is not required to conduct WPS pesticide safety training, but it may give a better understanding of the new WPS. Currently qualified WPS trainers may continue conducting training through December 31, 2017. However, after January 2, 2018, certification will become void unless a person attends a Train-the-Trainer session or becomes a certified pesticide applicator.
Additional questions may be directed to Luis Urias at (208) 332-8663, Kevin Kostka at (208) 332-8608, or your nearest ISDA field office.