Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) Network

The Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) Network creates and promotes professional development opportunities for pesticide regulatory officials throughout the United States and its affiliated territories. If you work for an agency that has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer pesticide regulatory and enforcement programs under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), you may be eligible to attend these specialized professional development courses.

Our programs encourage active participation and provide opportunities for networking with peers and mentors to increase the value of each educational experience. In addition, the PREP Network provides you with tools to extend your learning beyond the classroom, such as webinars, online trainings, and Web-based platforms to share successes and challenges and build collaborations with others in the PREP community.

2021 PREP Network Courses

Click on any of the courses listed below for location and registration details.

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Pandemic Registration Issues

April 19–22, 2021

 

A closeup of a disposable N95 filtering facepiece. Credit: Cheryl A. Reynolds, UC IPM

Pandemic Enforcement Issues

May 17–20, 2021
Urban multi-family building surrounded by mulched landscaping
								Credit: Belinda Messenger-Sikes, UC IPM

Public Health

July 12–15, 2021
Samples of pesticide drift being prepared for analysis. Photographer Credit: Yoko Johnson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Laboratory Issues

August 23–26, 2021
A parks worker inspecting a water quality sample in a creek. Photographer Credit: A. Katrina Hunter, UC Statewide IPM Program

Pesticides and Water Quality

September 27–30, 2021

PREP Team

Steering Committee

  • Rose Kachadoorian (Chair), Oregon Department of Agriculture
  • Leo Reed, Office of the Indiana State Chemist
  • Pat Jones, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Liza Fleeson-Trossbach, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Cary Giguere, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Audrey Moore, EPA Region 2
  • Kaitlin Picone, EPA OPP, Field and External Affairs
  • Mike Bellot, EPA OECA, Office of Compliance
  • Africa Dorame-Avalos, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
  • Megan Patterson, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
  • Gretchen Paluch, Iowa Department of Agriculture
  • Ryan Okey, Clemson Department of Pesticide Regulation
  • Kelly Engle, EPA PIRT Liaison

Overview

What is the PREP Network?

The PREP Network is a collaboration between the UC Statewide IPM Program, EPA, state, territory, and tribal representatives who plan, design, and implement four to five courses each year. It is funded by a cooperative agreement with the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance to provide opportunities for professional development to senior staff and management at federal, state, territory, and tribal pesticide regulatory agencies. Its dedicated team of pesticide educators and advisors present engaging, science-based courses that will help you formulate and implement pesticide regulatory programs, as well as increase the likelihood of success when you undertake new initiatives.

What are PREP Network courses?

PREP Network courses are designed to provide practical, up-to-date information on technical policy and management related issues. Course curriculum will fortify and expand the programmatic capacity of regulatory personnel by providing them with expansive, interconnected, inclusive, and relevant professional development opportunities. The courses offered through the PREP Network include classroom and field instruction covering new pesticide regulatory initiatives and other technical and policy issues. Our courses are created and taught by leading experts from a variety of private and public sector organizations.

How can I participate?

Attendance at the PREP Network courses is determined by a nomination process. Prior to each course, state lead agencies, U.S.–affiliated territory pesticide regulatory agencies, tribes, and EPA regional offices are asked to nominate an individual for attendance if they meet the specific target audience criteria. Senior state, tribe, and territory pesticide regulatory personnel are eligible to attend PREP Network courses.