Professional Continuing Education for Commercial Pesticide Applicators: A Case Study in Standard Setting

Andrew Martin, Leo Reed, Fred Whitford, Joseph Becovitz

Abstract


Indiana’s pesticide regulatory agency, the Office of Indiana State Chemist, offers commercial pesticide applicators an option of renewing certification by re-testing or through continuing education. The program has operated under policy during its 30-year history and was only recently drafted into rule. The most significant hurdle to rule development was determining an appropriate number of recertification training hours for each applicator category. A successful outcome was achieved through democratic negotiation with the regulated community based on the results of a category-by-criteria rating activity that rationally determined number of training hours.


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