Pesticide Applicator U
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University along with the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, and the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program host a biennial training conference called the “Pesticide Applicators University” or PAU.
This training event is a two-day conference that covers four Commercial Applicator Tracks at this time. These are, Ornamental Turf & Pest Control (OTPS/OTPC), Household and Industrial Pest Control (HPC/IIHC), Aquatic and Public Health (AQ/PH), and Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO). Prior conferences offered 30 points for the state of Alabama and had a range of approved points for other states such as Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Every conference we host we work to make certain we can offer points for other neighboring states.
Presenters for the Pesticide Applicator University range from research to industry, to regulatory. We offer a growing number of Field Trips at each event that participants can sign-up for. Training ranges from lecture style, to hands-on technique. Participants learn about insect identification, product selection and management, IPM and calibration. The conference is beneficial to individuals that are new to the pest control field and is a great refresher course for veteran applicators.
In 2016 we hosted 221 Applicators from Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. In 2018 we hosted almost 300 participants from Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana. Our Conference grows every year and with it the information and education we strive to provide.
Our Pesticide Applicator University for 2018 was a huge success. We would like to say thank you to our sponsors, vendors, speakers, participants, volunteers and everyone who helped us.