Announcement for a Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Course on Oʻahu, October 16 - 17, 2018
Posted July 30, 2018
Pearl City (zip code 96782) on Oʻahu
DATES & TIMES
October 16 - 17, 2018. 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM each day.
This in-depth two-day short course is about
handling pesticides, including herbicides, in ways that will reduce risks to
people and our environment. It will be conducted by an instructor from the
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaiʻi at
The course does not include the exam for restricted use pesticide certification. (If you want to take one of the certification exams offered by the
Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture, read the note “EXAMS FOR CERTIFICATION” near
the bottom of this page.)
WHO WOULD BENEFIT?
The course would benefit people who
want to be better informed about handling pesticides properly or prepare for
the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s examination for restricted use pesticide
Certified applicators will not earn re-certification credits
by attending this course.
The instructor will discuss the topics covered by the
study guides in the basic or “core” study packet, which provide general information
common to all categories of certification exams. Certain topics such as
identification and life cycles of specific pests and specialized equipment and
calculations are covered only by the study guides in “category-specific” study
packets, not in the short course. So if you plan to take a certification exam,
you should also study the “category-specific” study guides, such as those in
the “Private 1,2,3” study packet, the “Commercial 2 Forest pest control”
study packet, or the “Commercial 7a,b,c,d,e pest control” study packet. (The
complete list of categories of study packets is at
The basic or “core” topics to be covered in the short course
- Types & formulations of pesticides
- Laws & regulations about buying, storing, transporting, applying, and disposing of pesticides
- Importance of a pesticide product’s labeling and safety data sheet (SDS).
- Integrated pest management (IPM) concepts and components.
- Common pests’ general identification features & life cycles
- Application methods
- Main parts of common spraying equipment
- Dilution and dosage instructions on pesticide labels
- Calculating sizes of treatment sites
- Pesticides in the environment
- Hazards to pesticide handlers
- Protective clothing & safety equipment
- Mixing, loading, application, transport, storage, and disposal
- Washing work clothing
- First aid for pesticide exposure
Deadline for registration is September 18, 2018.
Enrollment is limited to 20 people.
If you have a disability and may need accommodations to
participate, contact the UH Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center (in
Honolulu), 808-956-6706, by September 18, 2018.
Fee for registration is $100 per person. The fee is for the two
days’ presentations and classroom handouts. No food or beverages will be
provided. The fee for taking an exam for restricted use pesticide certification
is not included. (If you plan to take one of the certification exams offered by the
Hawaii Department of Agriculture, read the note “EXAMS FOR CERTIFICATION” near
the bottom of this page.)
Form for registration is available either from the instructor or
by downloading the blank or fillable version:
Here's the BLANK FORM. Print it. Fill it in manually. Then send it with your payment.
Here's the FILLABLE FORM. Fill it in on your computer. Print it. Then send it with your
Use page 4 of the form to register. Use page 3 to order
packets of printed study guides, if you need them.
Study guides for certification exams are not
the same as the classroom handouts. You should get the study guides if you plan
to study for a restricted use pesticide certification exam. The guides are
offered as individual downloadable files and as printed booklets. The printed
guides for a certification category are sold together as a “packet”. One
complete set of study guides costs $35. But you are not required to buy the
printed versions. Anyone may download them free-of-charge from
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the Agricultural Diagnostic
Service Center: ph. 808-956-6706 (Honolulu) or the instructor Charles Nagamine:
ph. 808-956-6007 (Honolulu), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mail: Charles
Nagamine, P.E.P.S. Dept., 3190 Maile Way, Room 307, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.
EXAMS FOR CERTIFICATION
Test takers must make an
appointment to take the exam to qualify for certification to buy or use
restricted use pesticides in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of
Agriculture’s employees will sign up a test taker for a specific location, date
and time. The exam fee is $25. (This fee is not included in the $100 fee for
the short course.) Read more about the exams at
FREE BOOKLETS AVAILABLE BEFORE SHORT COURSE BEGINS
For a free copy of the booklet, “Test Your Math Skills,” contact the instructor or
HERE. The leaflet
presents exercises and answers that will help trainees refresh basic math
skills needed to understand the instructor’s calculation examples. Trainees who
find the exercises difficult will get more benefit from the short course if
they get tutoring before the course begins. The exercises review (1) common
fractions and their decimal number equivalents, (2) rounding-off, (3) percent,
(4) conversions between • seconds and minutes • ounces and pounds • fluid
ounces, pints, and gallons • square feet and acres, (5) reading tables, and (6)
calculating square feet of rectangular areas. Test-takers must have these skills
to answer some of the questions in the certification exams.
You can download another free leaflet, Practice Analyzing an Insecticide Label,
Study the examples to boost your pesticide label reading skills, which you will
need to plan a pesticide treatment or to prepare for the Hawaii Department of
Agriculture’s restricted use pesticide certification exam.