31st School of Structural Fumigation

November 13 - 17, 2017   |   Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center

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Exam Date

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center

3205 College Avenue
Davie, Florida 33314

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Join us for the only program of its kind in the world; the 31st School of Structural Fumigation. All students will receive notebooks containing all presented topics, labels, and regulations.

This unique course offers:

  • A complete review of all technical aspects of structural fumigation
  • Instruction by a team of over 15 qualified and experienced professionals, manufacturer reps and University of Florida faculty
  • A combination of classroom and field demonstrations
  • Hands-on training with fumigation equipment including: fumiscope, interscan, SF ExplorIR, rate calculators and SCBA
  • Instruction in avoiding costly fumigation errors with “tips from the professionals”
  • Updates on recent fumigation research and changes in labeling and regulations
  • Limited class size allows more individual attention for participants
  • Florida’s SPID and fumigation examinations offered by FDACS at the completion of the course
  • Instruction in identifying structural pests controlled by fumigants
  • Fumigating for Bed Bugs

Corporate Advantages

Join the companies that have wisely taken advantage of this unique educational opportunity. There is a demand for highly qualified, trained fumigators. Significantly more people pass the Fumigation and SPID exam upon completion of the course and review.

This one-week course is organized and sponsored with the help of fumigation industry members, manufacturers, suppliers, FDACS personnel, and University of Florida faculty. Instruction is given by a team of qualified and experienced professionals with expertise in structural fumigation.

All aspects of structural fumigation will be covered. Activities include 38 hours of classroom, lab, and workshop instruction plus two actual on-site structural fumigations.

Fumigation Professionals...Are you missing business opportunities because you are unaware of recent technological changes? Are you taking advantage of improvements in fumigation practices? Are you aware of changes in rules, regulations, and fumigant labeling? Do you have the time and facilities to provide your employees a thorough education in structural fumigation techniques?

Enroll Now!

The opportunity is here — all you have to do is take advantage of it! Program is limited to a maximum of 60 students (minimum 25).

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"I was extremely impressed with the training at the…School of Structural Fumigation. The expert instruction, course work and opportunities for hands on learning … has direct applicability to those performing structural fumigation … or for [those] who regulate this pest control service. I fully recommend this course for both the fumigator and government official."

Michael J. Page  |  Chief, Bureau of Entomology & Pest Control  |  Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

"The UF Fume School is by far the most complete course for fumigation. The on-site instruction for the actual structural fumigation process is unbeatable for a direct and hands-on approach to learning."

Sean Brantley  |  Certified Fumigator and former Chair  |  Florida Fumigation Advisory Council

"I have attended many symposiums, conventions, several college provided training schools, and many ceu classes. None came close to matching the level of training I received at the fumigation school. Thanks again for all the work put in to making the Structural Fumigation School the best training I've received in 30 years."

Richard Burke  |  Chipley, Florida  |  2005 Fumigation School Student

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Tentative Agenda

Day 1 - Monday
7:30am Registration
8:00am Orientation
8:30am Welcome
8:50am School History, Fumigation Manual
9:15am Break
9:30am Vehicles/Transport/DOT
10:30am Measure/Graph
11:30am Lab: Measuring Models
12:00pm Group Lunch
1:00pm Lab: Measuring Models
1:45pm Team Assignments/Procedures
2:00pm Outdoor Activities (30 min each):
  1. Sealing Techniques
  2. DOT Truck Demo
  3. Clamping Techniques
  4. Rolling and Storage
4:30pm Clean-up
4:45pm Review
5:00pm Adjourn

Day 2 - Tuesday
7:30am Quiz
8:00am Dosage Calculation - Dow Calculator
8:30am Dosage Calculation - Ensystex Software
9:00am Dosage Calculation Lab
9:30am Break
9:45am Physical Properties
10:45am Introducing Vikane
11:45am Monitoring
12:15pm Group Lunch & Termite Detection Equipment
1:15pm Equipment Workshop (30 min each):
  1. Introduction of Vikane
  2. Monitoring Equipment
  3. Clearance of Vikane
  4. SCBA
4:00pm Fumigation Economics
4:45pm Review/Homework Assignment
5:00pm Adjourn

Day 3 - Wednesday
7:30am Quiz
8:00am Safety with Fumigants
9:00am Interior Prep, Homeowner Checklist
10:00am Break
10:15am Vikane Aeration Procedures
11:00am Fumiguide Homework Review
11:45am Soil Classification & Characteristics
12:15pm Site Lunch, Observe Tenting Procedures
1:00pm First Fume Site Stations (20 min each):
  1. Interior Preparation
  2. Exterior Preparation
  3. Dosage/HLT Calculation
  4. Shooting Set-Up
2:30pm Review
2:40pm Vikane Introduction, Shoot Truck Setup
3:00pm Second Fume Site Stations (20 min each):
  1. RDA Fumiscope
  2. Measuring Practice
  3. Leak Checks, QAR
  4. Standard Fumiscopes
4:30pm Fog-Out, Damage Demonstration
5:00pm Review/Homework Assignment
5:15pm Adjourn

Day 4 - Thursday
7:30am Quiz
8:00am Site: Tarp Removal, Storage, Aeration
8:45am State Fumigation Inspections
9:30am Dosage Calculation Review
10:00am Break
10:15am Target Pests
11:15am Target Pest ID Lab
12:00pm Group Lunch
1:00pm USDA Quarantine Fumigations
1:30pm Commodity Fumigation
2:30pm Fume Site Stations (20 min each):
  1. Clearance Testing
  2. Interscan Calibration
  3. HLT/Dosage Review
  4. Site Clean-up Review
3:50pm Target Pest, Landscape Toxicity
4:30pm Review of Florida State Laws
5:30pm Adjourn

Day 5 - Friday
7:30am Alternative/Partial Treatments
8:15am Local Chemical Treatment
8:30am Team Problem Solving
9:00am Team Presentations
9:45am Break
10:00am Specialty Jobs 1
10:40am Specialty Jobs 2
11:00am Fumigation of Insects
12:00pm Final Exam
1:00pm Awards Luncheon
CONCLUSION (if not taking State Exam Review)
2:00pm SPID & FL Fume Exam Review (optional)
5:00pm Adjourn

Day 6 - Saturday (Exam)
8:00am - 12:00pm Fumigation Exam (4 hours)
SPID Exam (3 hours)

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SPID and Fumigation Exams

For those wishing to be a Certified Operator or SPID cardholder in Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (FDACS) is offering the Special ID Card (SPID) and Fumigation Exams on the Saturday following the School of Structural Fumigation. If interested in taking either exam, please complete and submit a FDACS exam application along with the required fees to: Bureau of Entomology & Pest Control, FDACS, P. O. Box 6710, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6710.

The November paper application (mail-in) deadline is October 6, 2017 and the on-line application at http://aesecomm.freshfromflorida.com/ is due October 28, 2017.

For applications or if you have questions, please call the Bureau directly at 850-617-7997; ask for the “Exam Desk”.

FDACS Exam Fees*

$200 SPID Exam (Special Identification Card - Fumigation)
$300 Fumigation Certification Exam

* Fees are to be paid directly to FDACS as instructed above.

Examination Preparation

Throughout the course, we’ll cover most of the material on the certification exams. We also highly recommend that you register for the exam review session (for a nominal fee of $25) to be held on Friday from 2-5pm. The review is conducted by an instructor from FDACS Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. When registering for the Fumigation School, be sure to indicate if you are attending the review session.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Florida License Holders

After completing the course, certified operators and SPIDs can receive up to six CEUs (two Core, two Termite, two Fumigation). Requirements for awarding CEUs vary by state. Ask your state Certification Office about CEU and renewal requirements. Fumigators wishing to earn CEUs and have them applied toward license renewal must present a Commercial, Public and/or Private License. For questions about CEUs, contact: Dr. Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, Phone: (954) 577-6312; Email: rhsc@ufl.edu

A Certificate of Completion and a copy of the program agenda are provided at the end of the course. To apply for CEUs from your state, contact your state's licensing office and provide them with these materials to determine if you are eligible for CEUs.

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Registration Information

Registration proceeds on a first-come, first serve basis.

Payment is due at the time of registration.
Pay using your credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Registration fee includes lunch each day, all course materials, certificate of completion, and much more!
Registration Florida Resident Non-Florida Resident
Early Reduced (on or before September 29, 2017) $500 $575
Regular (after September 29, 2017) $650 $650
* Optional FDACS Friday Exam Review $25

Remember to register with FDACS if taking the state exam.

Refund Policy

Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before October 16, 2017. A $125.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after the applicable deadline.

Email: kimmer72@ufl.edu

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Lodging Information

Area hotels fill up quickly in November. Make your reservations early. There are over 10 hotels within 3 miles of the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, mostly in the city of Plantation. There are two hotels offering discounted rates for those attending the Fumigation School:

Fort Lauderdale Airport West

Contact: Ahmmed Chowdhury
Phone: 954-585-7071
Toll Free: 866-882-6368
2540 Davie Road
Davie, FL, US, 33317
$129/night, single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes

Click here for printable Holiday Inn Express brochure

Sheraton Suites, Plantation

Phone: 954-452-3202
311 N University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324
$139/night, single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes

Click Here for Reservations

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For Further Information

Program & Training Information:

Dr. Rudolf H. Scheffrahn

Professor of Entomology
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314-7799
Phone: (954) 577-6312
Fax: (954) 475-4125
Email: rhsc@ufl.edu

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Renny Perez

Director, School of Structural Fumigation
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314-7799
Phone: (786) 302-4767

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension. Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida.