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Pesticide Inspector Residential Training (PIRT)

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About the Pesticide Inspector Residential Training Program

The Pesticide Inspector Residential 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
  • fumigation
  • 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.

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PIRT Steering Committee

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.

The steering committee membership consists of:

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.

Steering Committee Members
Name Organization Region Represented Fiscal Year Term Expires
Jasmine Brown 
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe 8 2019
Tony Cofer (AAPCO)
Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries 4 2018
Africa Dorame-Avalos 
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. 9 2018
Kelly Engle (Coordinator)
EPA Office of Compliance HQ N/A
Kevin Holdorf 
Nebraska Department of Agriculture 7 2018
Pat Livingston 
EPA Region 4 4 2019
Lee McMillan
EPA Region 6 6 2020
Ralph Phillip Morris 
Gila River Indian Community 9 2020
Bruce Nicely 
North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services 4 2020
Tom Phillips ( Maryland Department of Agriculture 3 2020
Neil Richmond
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 4 2020
George Saxton (ASPCRO)
Office of Indiana State Chemist 5 2019
Dave Star 
EPA Region 5 5 2018
Dea Zimmerman (PREP)
EPA Office of Pesticide Programs HQ N/A

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PIRT Charter

  • The PIRT Charter outlines the expectations for the PIRT coordinator, steering committee, and hosts.

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Title Location Date(s)
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 June 10-14, 2018
Basic Inspector PIRT Asheville, North Carolina September 9-13, 2018
Tribal PIRT Poplar, Montana September 17-21, 2018

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  • For more information on the PIRT program, contact Kelly Engle (
  • For more information on the Tribal PIRT program, contact Carol Galloway (

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