Education and training

People and pruned treesThe NWPPA has recognised that the provision of professional development opportunities and the pesticide training and licencing framework play an important role in assisting growers and applicators manage spray drift and deliver professional outcomes. In 2011-12 the NWPPA commissioned a report that reviewed and commented on the current professional development and training framework.

The review has shown that in Australia the impact of industry pesticide training programs has had outstanding positive impact on the competency of growers and applicators but that opportunities also exist to enhance current programs to support the recognition of DRTs and best management practice.

The NWPPA Executive Committee is concerned to ensure that growers and applicators are able to access the best possible education and training in drift management technologies and is planning to report to the next meeting of the NWPPA in June 2013 on potential opportunities for enhancing drift management outcomes though training and professional development.

Project updates

In 2011-12 the NWPPA commissioned a report that reviewed the current professional development and training framework. The review has shown that in Australia the impact of industry pesticide training programs has had outstanding positive impact on the competency of growers and applicators but that opportunities also exist to enhance current programs to support the recognition of DRTs and best management practice. The Education and Training Sub-committee of the NWPPA is currently reviewing the comments received from stakeholders on the consultant’s report and it is expected that NWPPA will formally release this report in early 2015.
The NWPPA also recognises that professional development and training are important in assisting growers and applicators manage spray drift. In 2011-12 the NWPPA commissioned a report that reviewed the current professional development and training framework. The review has shown that in Australia the impact of industry pesticide training programs has had outstanding positive impact on the competency of growers and applicators but that opportunities also exist to enhance current programs to support the recognition of DRTs and best management practice. The consultant’s report was released by the NWPPA for consultation and feedback at the beginning of July 2013. The NWPPA looks forward to receiving comments from stakeholders and will compile a response in the last quarter of 2013. At the same time, the NWPPA will continue to have discussions with DAFF, APVMA and state and territory governments on how training and better practice can be recognized in the regulatory system.