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Extension Program Coordinators
A completed EPASS 'Course Credit Request' must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the scheduled program. The Private Applicator 'Course Credit Request' can be submitted within days of a program but will be reviewed on a time-available basis and may not receive credits if the program needs to be changed in order to better address pesticide education areas.
When submitting a program credit request remember that credits will be awarded for each program credit submittal on EPASS. If separate credit awards are desired for a morning and afternoon session a coordinator must submit each session as a separate program request. Three day conferences would need to have a program credit request for each day that credits are needed.
NOTE: A training program must be approved for certification or recertification before the program can be advertised as qualifying for private applicator credits. No other formats will be accepted!!
Resources for approved trainings can be Extension agents, Extension specialists, Department of Agriculture specialists, MSU Ag Research Station faculty, MSU faculty and industry personnel, weed district personnel, and other non-biased personnel from other government institutions. Non-Extension sponsored meetings can include producer organizational meetings, weed district meetings, etc.
Accredited programs will be assigned a private applicator program number by the MSU Extension Montana Pesticide Education Program, or a commercial program number by the Montana Department of Agriculture. Agents requesting the program will be emailed verification of accreditation within 14 days of a completed course credit request.
NOTE: Forward a copy of your sign in sheets to the MSU Pesticide Education Office within 10 days of program completion. Once the program is finished all course attendees can be entered into the 'EPASS system' by selecting 'Completed Course Information' and selecting the appropriate program from drop down list. Only the individual that submitted the program credit request on EPASS will be able to post attendees online.
If there are recertification courses after November 25th of the finaly year of the certification cycle, then the local PAT coordinator needs to fill out the Special Use Permit Form for any individual accumulating 6 or more credits by attending that certification program. These forms are handed out at the end of the recertification program to these qualified individuals. The PAT coordinator circles "yes" under "Recertification Training" in the box in the upper right hand corner. The applicators then fill out the forms and, along with the proper fees, send them directly to the Montana Department of Agriculture. This is of course provided that the applicant has obtained the minimum 6 credits.
It is encouraged to have all programs completed by November 25th of the last year of your certification cycle.
To receive private applicator credits or private / commercial credits, non-Extension program sponsors must forward a program agenda to the local county Extension office PAT coordinator where the program resides or submit the private applicator program on EPASS. The agenda must include: 1) title of program, 2) date of program, 3) speakers, 4) speaker topics, and 5) duration of topics 6) credits requested (private or private/commercial) 7) how you wish credits to be awarded (credits for morning and afternoon session separately; credits once for each day of a conference; credits for only 1 full day session; etc...). Sign in sheets must also be forwarded to the local Extension office within 10 days of program completion if submitted by MSU Extension. Program coordinators have the option to independently submit private applicator program credit requests by registering on the Montana Department of Agricultures' 'EPASS system'.
Non-extension sponsored program agendas must be submitted (14) days in advance of the scheduled program.
Resource speakers for approved training can be Extension agents, Extension specialist, Department of Agriculture specialists, MSU Ag Research Station faculty, MSU faculty and industry personnel. Non-Extension Sponsored Meetings can include producer organizational meetings, weed district meetings, etc. Resource people for training can be Extension agents, Extension specialist, Department of Agriculture staff, and personnel from research centers and chemical companies or other approved personnel.
Accredited programs will be assigned a private applicator program number by the MSU Extension Montana Pesticide Education Program, or a commercial program numbers by the Montana Department of Agriculture. Coordinators requesting the program will be emailed verification of accreditation within 14 days of a completed course credit request.
NOTE: Forward a copy of your sign in sheets to the local Extension office within 10 days of program completion. The local Extension office will enter course attendees into the 'EPASS system' by selecting 'Completed Course Information' and selecting appropriate program from drop down list.
If a program appears to be sales-oriented, private credits may not be given.
Non-MSU Extension Coordinators - Online Programs
Online programs must be submitted directly on EPASS. To receive Montana private applicator credits non-MSU Extension sponsors must send a $20 fee to the MSU Pesticide Education Program for each online program submitted. The processing fee must be received by the MSU Pesticide Education Program before private applicator credits will be awarded. If this is an ongoing program throughout the year sponsors must send sign in sheets quarterly to firstname.lastname@example.org.