Hands-On Handler Training Information

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Hands-On Handler Training Information

Through collaboration with Washington State University Cooperative Extension and members of the agricultural community, WSDA implemented hands-on handler training in the late 1990's. This daylong training provides pesticide safety training using interactive, hands-on techniques that are proven effective for adult learners.


The goals of the hands-on training are to:

Training philosophy

This type of training is effective because it values the knowledge and experiences of both trainers and participants. Trainers do not stand before their audience as experts, but as facilitators who lead small groups through active learning sessions. Open-ended questions that encourage participants to share their experiences are an important part of the training. 

Training modules

Small groups of 10-12 students rotate through four training modules. Each group is taught by a team of two trainers, both of who speak the language of the trainees. Participants discuss techniques, do problem-solving activities, and enact real-life scenarios. Each module lasts between 60-70 minutes. 

At the beginning of each session, the trainers set the stage for their topics and then quickly get their groups up and moving into the hands-on activities. The four modules have different levels of activities. For example, the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) section requires students to read labels and select the appropriate PPE from a table. In Clean up & Disposal, students must put on the appropriate PPE and then demonstrate how to wash equipment. Mixing & Loading requires students to practice how to safely open different types of pesticide containers, weigh and mix product. In Environment Protection, students learn how to prevent drift and soil leaching.

Sponsor information

If you are interested in working with WSDA to sponsor a hands-on training event for your community or association members, view the site requirements [PDF 304 KB] information or contact Flor Servin 509-423-0242 or by email at fservin@agr.wa.gov

  • Provide high-quality, relevant training to pesticide handlers
  • Increase the training potential within the Hispanic community
  • Increase training opportunities by partnering with the agricultural community to sponsor hands-on training events.