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Carol Ramsay EPA-NASDA Research Foundation Cooperative Agreement Project Manager Overview Status Seek input
National Manual/Exam Projects - Status Core Blueprint Manual Exam Item Bank Rights of Way Syllabus Manual ?? Exam Item Bank Aerial Blueprint Manual Exam Item Bank Soil Fumigation Syllabus Manual Exam Item Bank
State and Tribal Adoption of Nationally-Developed Materials How many entities want assistance? To what extent? As is, state modification, state excerpt parts Under what conditions? Policy for use, adaptations What are constraining factors against adoption / use? Need to maintain integrity Need mechanism for updates
Core Manual Update Revision – 2008 Coordinated “as is” printings – NDSU State adaptations – prior to July 2010 Addendum with state regulations State adaptations – change in philosophy Access to In-Design version Add state information to appropriate chapter Delete information covered in category manuals Enhance with revisions/clarifications Access graphics, glossary, etc.
Core Exam- Update New in 2006 Two “forms” of NAFTA Exam - use “as is” July 2010 – change in philosophy Item bank available upon request to certification agencies for exam purposes only Initiate effort to update item bank with new questions Delete metric units Query “question” concerns from those who have used the exams Contacts Michelle DeVaux (EPA) or Carol Ramsay (NASDARF)
Rights of Way Manual & Exam Syllabus completed – release July 2010 Assess, enhance, modify state exams/manuals Exam Question Item Bank – not exam Available upon request to certification agencies for exam purposes only Purdue University, NASDARF, EPA Print preparation (draft with me) If need TODAY, contact Drew Martin (Purdue), Kathy Davis (EPA) or Carol Ramsay (NASDARF) Cornell Univ. – manual needs assessment
Aerial Applicator Manual & Exam Blueprint Completed Basis for Manual and Exam Two “forms” of Exam - completed Exam Question Item Bank - NEW Available upon request to certification agencies for exam purposes only Manual – target date mid-September 2010 Pat O’Connor-Marer, author First draft at publisher, illustration enhancements, grammatical editing, final content edit (draft with me)
National Soil Fumigation Manual & Exam Item Bank Background 14 states have soil fumigation exam category EPA has a new federal category included in proposed regulation changes (draft 2011, implementation 2013) Registrants required to conduct training for the interim time period CTAG – EPA correspondence passing an updated certification exam would substitute for registrant-mandated training noted on labeling to be released late 2011
Soil Fumigation Development Plan 1. Assess several current manuals – CA, WI, FL, WA 2. Develop and review syllabus/blueprint for manual and exam item bank Recruit several development teams NASDARF project & team oversight Teams Manual Lead author/editor Chapter authors Illustrations, tables Manual review/editor Printer/publisher Exam Item Bank Lead Question development Question review/editor
Soil Fumigation Proposed Timeline Recruit team members June 2010 Develop syllabus July 2010 Develop/review manual November 2010 Develop/review exam questions Publish manual and final review March 2010 Release to states September 2011
Players University of Wisconsin & California-Davis Washington State Dept. of Agriculture Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Cons. Svcs. Agrichemical Industry Commercial Applicators Key grower groups, nurseries EPA AAPSE, CTAG, SFIREG-POM Looking for interested parties
Willing to Serve a Role? Manual – entry level applicator Lead author/editor Chapter authors Illustrations, tables Manual review/edit Printer/publisher Exam Item Bank Lead Question development Question review/edit Contact Carol Ramsay email@example.com
Continue the Dialogue Nationally-Developed Materials: CTAG, AAPSE, SFIREG-POM How many entities want assistance? To what extent? As is, state modification, state excerpt parts Under what conditions? Policy for use, adaptations What are constraining factors against adoption / use? Need to maintain integrity Need mechanism for updates
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