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Applicator Certification & Training: Antimicrobials/Disinfectants - COVID19 and Beyond (PACT Series)

Applicator Certification & Training: Antimicrobials/Disinfectants - COVID19 and Beyond (PACT Series)

Session 3 in the PACT Webinar Antimicrobial Series. Facilitated by the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE). 

Antimicrobials/Disinfectants are registered and regulated on the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency. At the state level applications and applicators are regulated by the state regulatory agency that provides oversight and enforcement for pesticides. This process varies from state to state. During this webinar a panel of state pesticide regulators from various regions of the United States will discuss how certification and training for application of these products are handled in their respective states in response to COVID 19.

 AAPSE Antimicrobial Workgroup leader Mary Centrella, Cornell Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator, will discuss AAPSE’s current efforts to create a repository for applicator training and other resources focused on antimicrobial and disinfectant information.

Webinar Agenda: 

2-2:05 Introduction of webinar series topic and speakers, Jolene Hendrix

2:05-2:15 AAPSE Antimicrobial Workgroup Overview, Mary Centrella

2:15-3:00 Panel discussion of speakers on how their state is addressing certification and training related to antimicrobial use whether in response to COVID19 or not. Each speaker will have about 8-10 minutes to present the following:

  • Did you have a category prior to COVID19?
  • What did the category cover (types of applications, equipment, sites, etc.)?
  • Were any adjustments for certification made for testing new applicators? existing applicators?
  • Were any adjustments to pre-certification or re-certification training made to, or will be made to, accommodate new issues?

3:00-3:30 Q&A Session 

3:30 Adjourn

Participants are requested to send questions for speakers to Jolene Hendrix ( by July 16, 2020.



Jolene Hendrix, University of Minnesota Pesticide Safety Education Program


Mary Centrella, Cornell Pesticide Safety Education Program and AAPSE Antimicrobial Workgroup Leader


Kevin Wofferd, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Cindy Fulton, Wyoming Department of Agriculture

Michael Weyman, South Carolina Department of Agriculture

David Rousseau, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food

Brian Verhougstraete, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development 


This webinar is free of charge and open to all extension educators, regulators, agencies and centers, clinicians, industry, commodity groups and other organizations interested in the topic. This webinar will be recorded and posted on along with all Q&A and other resource materials.

The 2020 Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The PACT Planning Committee did a great job developing a comprehensive and engaging agenda with several topics that are extremely relevant to COVID-19. As a result, the MSU – EPA Cooperative Agreement will be delivering a series of webinars based on PACT topics over this next year. This provides a unique opportunity for extension educators and other stakeholders to gain knowledge and benefit from the robust agenda developed by the Planning Committee.

The goal of the PACT is to improve implementation of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (40CFR171) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revision (40 CFR170) by state and tribal pesticide programs. This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University. Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) are sub-awardees on the grant.

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