Continuing Education Approval Request Application
Growers who belong to California’s Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions and who are in areas designated as high vulnerability are under requirements from the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) to keep “on farm” a certified Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) to track nitrogen fertilizer applications.
The Waste Discharge Requirements General Order for the Central Valley allows growers to self-certify their own nitrogen management plans if they attend a training program approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The 12 Central Valley coalitions, with funding from FREP, have instituted a grower training program for their members. The training program is based on a curriculum developed for training Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) by the University of California.
The purpose of continuing education is to ensure Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) certificate holders keep current their knowledge on subjects related to efficient use of nitrogen-based fertilizing materials and irrigation management techniques. This continuing education component is being orchestrated through the FREP-funded project entitled “Developing a Review Process for Continuing Education Courses for Growers who Complete the Nitrogen Management Plan Training Course.”
To this end, this application provides sponsors a way to offer courses for credit to NMP certificate holders. Please read thoroughly the instructions and then fill out the application below. Once the application below is submitted you will be able to download the PDF, attach it to a detailed agenda and send it to CURES as a request for approval.