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Required Healthy Schools Act Training

  • What training courses will meet this requirement?
    To meet the training requirement, the course must be pre-approved by DPR. Courses must meet the training requirements as outlined in the Healthy Schools Act. For information about specific course requirements and how to submit a course for DPR approval, refer to HSA Required Course Components, PDF (185 kb). All qualifying courses will be listed on the DPR School IPM website beginning in 2016.
    The DPR School IPM Team is currently developing online training courses for licensed pesticide applicators and school district and child care center staff. These free courses will be available in early 2016.
  • What is the new training requirement?
    Beginning July 1, 2016 school IPM coordinators and anyone who may apply a pesticide at a schoolsite must take a DPR-approved training course before making a pesticide application. The course must provide information about integrated pest management specific to school settings and the safe use of pesticides while considering the unique nature of schools and children's health.
  • Who needs to take a training course and how often must it be completed?
    Anyone using any pesticide at a school or child care center needs to take a training course. This includes, but is not limited to teachers who use disinfecting wipes, custodians who use sanitizers, groundskeepers who apply herbicides, and licensed pesticide applicators who are contracted by a school or child care center to apply pesticides. Licensed pesticide applicators must take a training course once during each renewal period. All other individuals, such as school district and child care center staff, must take a training course each year.

School IPM Workshops

DPR has organized IPM workshops for school IPM coordinators and other school district staff responsible for pest management in schools. These one-day workshops review IPM principles including hands-on demonstrations and tours of major pests around school buildings and grounds. The same workshop will be offered on various dates at locations throughout the state. For more details view the School IPM Workshop Overview presentation, PDF (1.4 mb).

Dates and Locations
March 30, 2016
Agoura High School
(Los Angeles County)
28545 W. Driver Avenue
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
June 8, 2016
Shasta Independent Learning Center
(Shasta County)
11555 Oregon Trail Building 3400
Redding, CA 96003

Do you want to bring our IPM workshop to your area? See the Overview, PDF (1.4 mb) to get an idea of what is involved when hosting a workshop and email to let us know that you are interested.

Educational Tools for IPM Training

Education is an important part of a successful school IPM program. The following educational tools can help IPM Coordinators to conduct more successful IPM training sessions:

  • Integrated Pest Management for Schools video series - These entertaining, short videos contain practical integrated pest management tips from experts and information needed to comply with the California Healthy Schools Act. Topics covered in this video series include pest prevention in school buildings; inspecting and monitoring for pests; IPM for ants, cockroaches, gophers, and turfgrass weeds; and more. Watch the entire video series in English (with English and Spanish closed caption option) or En Español (with embedded Spanish subtitles).
  • School IPM Curricula - Designed as educational tools for IPM coordinators to train school district staff, these curricula cover topics such as structural IPM, yellowjackets, burrowing rodents, and weeds. Each curriculum describes how to present your own training and lists the tools and books you will need.