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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Training available online

The Basic Course required for annual pest management training is now available online.  Those using pesticides in schools are required to take the Healthy Schools Act training now available through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The Basic Course was designed for teachers, custodians, and food service workers who use disinfectant products or sanitizers as part of their day-to-day work.  The course features a section focusing on safety when disinfectants are used at schools.

The Healthy Schools Act defines Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques.    It was signed into California law in 2000 and most recently amended in September 2014. 

The online training is approximately one hour.  Once completed, staff should print the certificate and keep it with the site’s IPM records per district direction.  The Intermediate and the Professional level courses will be announced soon. 

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