The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority transitioned from face-to-face to online conduct of accreditation trainings and examinations since August 2020, in view of the suspension of mass gathering pursuant to IATF Omnibus Guidelines dated May 22, 2020.
Conducting accreditation trainings is necessary for individuals who wish to become Accredited Responsible Care Officers (ARCO), Certified Pesticide Applicator (CPA), Fertilizer and Pesticide Researchers, and Accredited Safety Dispensers (ASD). They will be issued an accreditation ID after passing the required examination and submission of essential requirements.
Through online platforms like Zoom, MS Teams, among others, the FPA, in coordination with the FPA Accredited Training Associations (FATA), has started conducting the required training course and symposium.
As of December 18, 2020, the total number of individuals who attended the online accreditation trainings include 127 ARCO, 189 CPA- Fumigator, 52 CPA- Exterminator, and 32 FP Researchers.
Immediately after attending the training, the participants have taken the examination held in the FPA Regional Offices except in BARMM. For examinees from NCR and adjacent provinces, exams were taken at the FPA Central Office in Quezon City.
The updated schedule of online trainings and symposia can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/38ZGGht Interested individuals shall coordinate directly with the FATA for the registration requirements and reservation of slots.
Five training associations are currently accredited under FPA: The Philippine Association of Certified Pesticide Applicators (PACPA), PMCP Foundation Inc., the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc. (PAE), the Philippine Association of Professional Fumigators, Inc.(PAPFI) and the Kapisanan ng mga Pest Control Operators sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KAPESCOPI).
Moreover, the Field Operations Coordinating Unit (FOCU) conducted for the first time the online Accredited Safety Dispenser (ASD) training on August 12, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Regional Field Units resumed facilitating ASD trainings while observing public health emergency protocols, when quarantine restrictions have been eased in their respective locations. Attendance to ASD trainings is a pre-requirement for individuals or business entities applying for License to Operate (LTO) as FP Dealer.