Training Programs in Florida
The center’s focus areas/themes and associated research projects include the following:
- University of Florida
- Pesticide/herbicide management. In order to ensure that agricultural workers and pesticide handlers receive adequate and standard pesticide safety information, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has defined a Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides (WPS) Train the Trainer (TTT) Training Criteria and Curriculum. The Florida Agricultural Workers Safety program keeps track of all the WPS trainers that have been trained in the state since 1993. The program issues Certificates of Completion to WPS trainees that have been trained by WPS TTT Registered Sponsor Instructors. The Florida Agricultural Workers Safety program keeps track of all the WPS trainers that have been trained in the state since 1993. The program issues Certificates of Completion to WPS trainees that have been trained by WPS TTT Registered Sponsor Instructors. More information here.
- Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program. Focuses on teaching farm labor supervisors all the rules and regulations, wage and hour rules, anti-discrimination and harassment laws, pesticide safety, vehicle and driver safety regulations, along with housing requirements, so that workers are treated fairly, safely and equitably. More information here.
- Master Beekeeper Program. A beekeeper training and certification program designed for individuals who have been keeping bees for at least one year. It requires a minimum of five years to navigate through the entire program. More information here.
- Florida Farmworkers Association
- Health Education Program. More information here.
- Sisters/Compañeras (S/C) Program. Provides maternal health services, including outreach, education, and referrals, to Latina women of child-bearing age in farmworker communities in Central Florida, who are typically uninsured and underserved. More information here.
- Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health. Multi-faceted program to educate, inform and empower farmworkers about health and pesticide safety; to assess work sites for violations of worker safety regulations; to train health care providers in pesticide exposure diagnosis and treatment in farmworker communities; to advocate for greater protections for farmworkers, and to promote sustainable agricultural practices. More information here.
- The Farmworker Health and Safety Institute. A unique consortium of three community-based farmworker organizations that works with farmworkers along the Eastern Migrant Stream and the U.S.-Mexico Border. The member groups include El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA), the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF), and the Border Agricultural Workers Project (BAWP). A focus of the Institute’s training programs has been to provide technical assistance and leadership development to farmworkers through their organizations so that they can better protect themselves from pesticide exposure. More information here.
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Boating Safety & Education Program. More information here.
- Commercial Saltwater Fishing Education Program. More information here.
- Florida Virtual School
- Outdoor Education Course. The only course in the nation to combine both hunting and boating safety. Participants will develop skills in outdoor activities and learn about the benefits of physical activity while using proper safety procedures to experience wildlife, outdoor and extreme sports. By meeting all of the requirements of the Outdoor Education course, not only will students receive their Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and be eligible to obtain a Florida Hunter Safety Certificate, they’ll also earn a 0.5 credit for high school, and meet public school requirements for taking an on-line and a physical education course. Free for Florida residents ages 12 to 18. More information here.
- BoatUS Foundation
- Online Boating Safety Course. Free and approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. More information here.
- National Safe Boating Council
- “Saved by the Beacon” campaign aims to raise awareness of distress technology and increase the number of recreational boaters who use communication devices such as Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) or Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). More information here.
- U.S. Coast Guard
- On-line and On-Site Training. More information here.
- Florida Forestry Association
- Master Logger Program. The program is designed to enhance the professionalism of loggers through training in safety, timber harvesting, business and environmental regulations. More information here.
This is an initial list that will be being updated periodically. Information from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be added soon.