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1 Carol Ramsay EPA-NASDA Research Foundation Cooperative Agreement Project Manager Overview Status Seek input

2 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

3 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

4 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.

5 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)

6 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

7 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)

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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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