Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/17/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: This paper contains recommendation for improving pesticide applicator training programs in Taiwan based on licensing and training procedures in the U.S.A. and some Western European countries. Also included in this paper is information about a new European Community initiative on mandatory inspection and certification of pesticide application equipment. In the U.S. restricted use pesticides can only be used by a certified applicator or a person under direct supervision of a certified applicator. Certified applicators must pass written exams demonstrating their knowledge about pesticide use and have met other licensing requirements. The process of license renewal is different in the U.S. and in Western European countries. In most U.S. states, renewal of a license is required every three years. Some European countries do not require recertification, others have recently adopted the concept of recertification and continuing education that comes with the recertification process. One important difference between the procedures for licensing applicators in the U.S. and in some European nations is in testing the knowledge level of an applicator prior to issuing a license. Most European candidates for a license must pass a one-on-one oral examination and hands-on problem solving session in addition to written tests. To improve the quality of pesticide applicator training programs in Taiwan, the European and U.S. procedures for applicator education and inspection of application equipment should be carefully reviewed. The procedures found suitable for conditions in Taiwan should be revised if necessary, and adopted.