Pesticide Inspector Regulatory Training (PIRT)
The Pesticide Inspector Regulatory Training (PIRT) program typically funds two national pesticide classroom courses a year for state, tribal, and territorial inspectors. In the past, the PIRT has covered the following topics:
- urban FIFRA issues
- advanced inspector skills
- agricultural use
- structural training
- product related trainings.
There is also a Tribal PIRT that is offered to federally-recognized tribes every other year, which is coordinated by a small tribal planning committee that changes with each Tribal PIRT.
The main PIRT program is coordinated by a small steering committee that helps establish PIRT strategic direction and priorities, as well as to recommend key training topics for pesticide inspectors.
- representatives from states, tribes, and EPA
- a minimum of five individuals employed by State Lead Agencies (SLAs), territories and tribal governments representing a minimum of three different EPA regional areas.
- one representative from each of the following:
The membership of the PIRT steering committee is staggered so that that no more than 1/3 of the members rotate off the committee on an annual basis following the federal fiscal year cycle (October 1 - September 30). Therefore, no member, exclusive of the coordinator and PREP liaison, remains on the steering committee more than three consecutive years.
|Name||Organization||Region Represented||Fiscal Year Term Expires|
|Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe||8||2019|
|Tony Cofer (AAPCO)
|Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries||4||2018|
|Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.||9||2018|
|Kelly Engle (Coordinator)
|EPA Office of Compliance||HQ||N/A|
|Nebraska Department of Agriculture||7||2018|
|EPA Region 4||4||2019|
|EPA Region 6||6||2020|
|Ralph Phillip Morris
|Gila River Indian Community||9||2020|
|North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services||4||2020|
|Andy Randall (AAPCO Lab Committee Chair)
|New Mexico Department of Agriculture||6||2020|
|Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services||4||2020|
|George Saxton (ASPCRO)
|Office of Indiana State Chemist||5||2019|
|EPA Region 5||5||2018|
|Dea Zimmerman (PREP)
|EPA Office of Pesticide Programs||HQ||N/A|
- The PIRT Charter outlines the expectations for the PIRT coordinator, steering committee, and hosts.
|Urban FIFRA Issues||Henderson, NV||May 18-22, 2015|
|Advanced Inspector Skills||Albuquerque, New Mexico||February 23-27, 2015|
|Worker Protection Standard (WPS)||Asheville, North Carolina||May 2-5, 2016|
|Inspection Skills and Investigation Techniques – Tribal PIRT||Polson, Montana||August 16-18, 2016|
|Pollinator Protection||Kissimmee, Florida||September 13-16, 2016|
|Worker Protection Standard (WPS)||Portland, Oregon||April 24-27, 2017|
|Advanced Inspector Skills||Savannah, Georgia||July 24-27, 2017|
|Enforcement PIRT||Savannah, Georgia||Late Spring/Early Summer 2018|
|Basic Inspector PIRT||Asheville, North Carolina||September 9-13, 2018|
|Tribal PIRT||Poplar, Montana||September 17-21, 2018|
- For more information on the PIRT program, contact Kelly Engle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For more information on the Tribal PIRT program, contact Carol Galloway (email@example.com)