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Pesticide Inspector Residential Training (PIRT)

Training Updates

The Tribal PIRT (Tulsa, OK), the Basic PIRT (Savannah, GA), and the Enforcement and Use Concern PIRT (Northampton, MA) have all been postponed to 2021. New dates will be posted for these trainings in the new year.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unpredictable and unexpected time.

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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
Kelly Engle (Coordinator)
EPA Office of Compliance HQ N/A
Eric Fuentes-Ruiz
Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture  7 2021
Shawn Hackett
EPA Region 7 7 2021
Rick Hayes
Georgia Department of Agriculture 4 2022
Rose Kachadoorian (AAPCO)
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture  10 2019
Kristen Lashley
Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries 4 2021
John McHugh
Hawaii Department of Agriculture 9 2022
Lee McMillan
EPA Region 6 6 2020
Gwen Minton
North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services 4 2020
Ralph Phillip Morris 
Gila River Indian Community 9 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
Cindy Wire (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
Pesticide Drift Issues PIRT Tri-Cities, Washington May 14-17, 2019
Basic Inspector PIRT Savannah, Georgia August 25-29, 2019
Tribal PIRT Tulsa, Oklahoma Spring 2021 (tentatively)
Enforcement and Use Concerns PIRT Northampton, Massachusetts Fall 2021 (tentatively)
Basic PIRT Savannah, Georgia Fall 2021 (tentatively)

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

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