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Web Author: Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, conducts research in the San Joaquin Valley on insect and mite pests of citrus. These web pages provide up-to-date information about the pests and their natural enemies, including basic biology, hosts, distribution, monitoring methods and management tactics. Please join us in exploring this subject through blogs, information and resources.

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UC IPM online courses: New Fuller rose beetle course and early-bird pricing on other courses

Summer is here, and we're halfway through 2019 already! Why not get jump on finishing up your continuing education units by taking online courses from the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM). If you are a license or certificate holder from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and your last name begins with the letters M through Z, you should be receiving your renewal packet in August.

We're excited to announce some changes.

  • In January, we switched all of our online courses to a new learning system located at https://campus.extension.org/. This new system has extensive technical support, is easier to navigate, and is more stable than the old one. Note that the extension platform offers courses from all across the country, including several providers from California. Look for the UC IPM logo to be sure you are taking one of our courses.
  • We are pleased to announce that a brand-new online course on the Fuller rose beetle was added to our citrus integrated pest management IPM series. Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, a citrus IPM specialist and research entomologist, and Dr. Joseph Morse, emeritus professor of entomology, developed the course. The course describes the life cycle, natural enemies, and management of Fuller rose beetle and explains why it is critical to control this pest to export fruit to S. Korea. Fuller Rose Beetle has been approved by (DPR) for 1 hour of credit in the Other category and by Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) for 0.5 hour of IPM credit.
  • Many of our courses are now credited not only by DPR for continuing education hours, but also by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), and also by Arizona Department of Agriculture.

DPR encourages license and certificate holders to avoid the end-of-the-year rush and submit renewal applications by November 1 to ensure license renewal by January 1, 2020. Submitting your renewal early avoids late fees and gives you time to address any issues that may arise such as not having enough hours to successfully renew.

Another incentive to get a jump on completing your needed continuing education units (CEUs) with UC IPM's online courses is that we are offering an early-bird price for four of our most wanted courses until November 1st.

  • Proper Pesticide Use to Avoid Illegal Residues (2 hours Laws and Regulations; early bird price $40, full price $80)
  • Proper Selection, Use, and Removal of Personal Protective Equipment (1.5 hours Laws and Regulations; early bird price $30, full price $60)
  • Pesticide Resistance (2 hours Other; early bird price $20, full price $40)
  • Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration (1.5 hours Other; early bird price $15, full price $30)

You can find all of our twenty-one courses listed on the UC IPM website at http://ipm.ucanr.edu/training/.



Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12:36 PM

UC ANR Online courses have moved to eXtension

Are you looking for continuing education units (CEUs) to complete your renewal application this year for the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)? The UC Statewide IPM Program and the Lindcove Research and Extension Center have online courses available that can help you get those needed credits. All courses have moved to the pest management section of the national eXtension online  campus system.  Be sure to spend at least 1 hour on each unit to receive credit.

The online courses available from UC IPM that offer units for DPR license renewal include: 

  • Providing Integrated Pest Management Services in Schools and Child Care Settings (1 unit Laws and Regulations and 1 unit Other)
  • Pesticide Resistance (2 units Other)
  • Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration (1.5 units Other)
  • IPM – A Solution for Reducing Pesticides/Water Quality: Pesticide Properties (1 unit Other)
  • The Impact of Pesticides on Water Quality/Mitigating Urban Pesticide Runoff (1 unit Other)
  • Water Quality and Mitigation: Bifenthrin and Fipronil (1 unit Other)
  • Herbicides and Water Quality (1 unit Other)

 Six additional courses on key pests of citrus are also available for DPR units and were developed by Beth-Grafton Cardwell from the Lindcove Research and Extension Center. These include:

  • California Red Scale (1 unit Other)
  • Citricola Scale (1 unit Other)
  • Citrus Red Mite (1 unit Other)
  • Cottony Cushion Scale (1 unit Other)
  • Forktailed Bush Katydid (1 unit Other)
  • Citrus Peelminer (1 unit Other)

For a list of other approved online or in-person courses, visit the DPR website. UC IPM plans to add additional online courses in 2019. 

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:11 AM

Vertebrate Pest Control Meetings Around the State

Licensed pest management professionals:

The Vertebrate Pest Council is hosting a seminar series this year in conjunction with new partner Target Specialty Products. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about wildlife management of a number of bird and mammalian species from staff at the University of California, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Pesticide Regulation and more!

Both structural and DPR continuing education units are available and Vector CEUs have been approved for some venues. For more information on these workshops including speakers, costs, directions, and registration, please see www.vpconference.org.

Workshop dates and locations:

Sacramento, February 19th

Visalia, February 21st

Anaheim, March 19th

Oxnard, March 21st

Niamh Quinn, Ph.D.

Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor

University of California Cooperative Extension        

South Coast Research and Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd.,

Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-301-9182 ext 1004

Email: nmquinn@ucanr.edu

Twitter: @SCUWMCouncil

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:29 AM

Respirator Education Webinar by UC Expert on Dec 12!

On Wednesday December 12 from 3-4 pm, Lisa Blecker, Coordinator of the Pesticide Safety Education Program will cover the importance of respiratory protection, types of respirators used by pesticide handlers, how to determine when to wear a respirator, and federal and state requirements for respiratory protection. This information is critical for employers and supervisors to ensure compliance, and for applicators to understand how to protect themselves.  There is a $10 fee and 1 CE unit of laws and regs for those attending the webinar.

Register in advance for this and other webinars by going to the UC Ag Experts Talk website or by clicking on the respirator webinar event link.

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11:18 AM

DPR license and certificate holders: Renew early! Get those last-minute hours with help from UC IPM

Learn about opportunities to receive continuing education hours. October is upon us and before you know it, we'll be wrapped up in the busy holiday season. If you hold a license or certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and have a last name that begins with letters A through L, this is your year to renew. DPR encourages license and certificate holders to avoid the end-of-the-year rush and submit renewal applications by November 1.

Early renewal has its advantages. DPR can take up to 60 days to process a renewal application. Submitting applications now not only avoids late fees and gives you time to fix any problems that DPR may find, such as not having enough continuing education (CE) hours to renew, but also ensures that you will have your new certificate or license by the first of the year.

Without a renewed license in hand, you are not allowed to use or supervise the use of pesticides after January 1, 2019 until you receive it. You also run the risk of having to retest if there are problems with the renewal application and not enough time to fix them.

If you need a few last-minute credits, take a look at the online courses the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) offers:

Laws and Regulations


NEW! UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is also offering monthly webinars on specific pest issues for CEUs. More information can be found on the UC Ag Experts Talk website. 

Check out the list of DPR-approved continuing education courses. For more information about license renewal, visit DPR's licensing and certification webpage.

Learn about pest management and other training opportunities from UC IPM.


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