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.” This application provides sponsors a way to offer courses for credit to NMP certificate holders.
Your application MUST be submitted 21 days before the course date. If your application is submitted less than 21 days before the course date, it will not be considered for review.
You must attach the following documents for your application to be considered for review.
- A Basic Course Agenda that will be used for outreach and posted on the CURES website upon approval. Click here for an example.
- A Comprehensive Course Agenda that further explains your event for the CURES review team. Click here for an example. This agenda must include the items listed below.
- the title of each session
- a 3-4 sentence description of each session
- the approximate start and end time of each session
- the name and affiliation of each speaker
Please read the instructions thoroughly and then fill out the application below. Once you complete the application and click submit, it will be sent to CURES staff for review.