CEC Point Summary

12.08.17-show.logo2013Applications to accreditation bodies for Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) are in various states of progress.  Approval for BC Pesticide Certificte CEC's was received January 18th.  Alberta pesticide approvals are expected mid-February.  ISA CEU approvals were received February 13th.

Keep reading for the complete seminar list with associated point values.  These will be updated as approvals are received.  Last updated Feb 14, 2013.

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 2013 WCTA Conference and Trade Show
March 3-5, 2013

Seminar Detail & CEC Point Accreditation

BC Continuing Education Credits (CEC)
Total of 13 credits available

Alberta Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits
Total of ?? credits available (application in progress)

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEU’s:
Total of 8.5 credits available

CGSA on-going education credits pending approval

Sunday, March 3rd

1:00pm – 5:00pm (WCTA code #09-13)
Managing Turf in the NFL and Overcoming Challenges on High-Use Natural and Synthetic Turf Fields
Tom Serensits, Penn State University
Turf management in the NFL creates unique challenges along with many of the same challenges faced by turf managers at all facilities. This session will cover many aspects of the management of the turf at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.  You will get an insider’s look at field installation, concert preparation and recovery, and tips and tricks used by NFL turf managers.  One of the biggest challenges shared at many NFL fields and athletic fields at all levels is heavy usage.  The second half of this presentation will focus on strategies for dealing with high-use fields including proper mowing,  fertilization, overseeding, aerification, and other techniques to help provide fields that maximize both safety and playability even under extreme conditions.
BC: 2.0 IPM   AB:  applied 01/17   ISA: n/a

1:00pm – 5:00pm (WCTA code #10-13)
Making Moose Mince Meat out of Granulars and Lesser Products
Dale Miller, Redox Turf
Dale’s discussion will start with old and new fertility technology, chemical, soil, water and nutrient basics… all as they influence fertility management and efficiency. He will then move into soil / water analysis, and will discuss options, programs and products that provide solutions to fertility challenges.
BC: 2.0 IPM    AB:  applied 01/17   ISA: n/a

Monday, March 4th

8:00am – 9:00am
Sustainability - Is it Even a Term that's Feasible for Golf?' & 'Why Advocacy is Important to the Game
David Phipps, Northwest Field Staff, GCSAA
Golf has a compelling story to tell. We consider golf to provide enduring environmental, economic and social values to communities.  Professionals within the game, along with enthusiasts who enjoy the game, have the responsibility to tell golf’s story so that individual businesses can prosper and the game can flourish in the future.  Land use expectations, water for irrigation, managing storm water runoff, energy consumption, and nutrient and pesticide use are some of the issues that golf faces. Regulatory and legislative pressure is increasing.  Yet, because golf courses are professionally managed, they can provide valuable green space within a watershed and community. These are important messages to share in light of these challenges.
BC: n/a     AB:  applied 01/17     ISA: n/a

8:00am – 9:00am (WCTA code #09-13B)
Managing Turf in the NFL and Overcoming Challenges on High-Use Natural and Synthetic Turf Fields
Tom Serensits, Penn State University
Turf management in the NFL creates unique challenges along with many of the same challenges faced by turf managers at all facilities. This session will cover many aspects of the management of the turf at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.  You will get an insider’s look at field nstallation, concert preparation and recovery, and tips and tricks used by NFL turf managers.  One of the biggest challenges shared at many NFL fields and athletic fields at all levels is heavy usage.  The second half of this presentation will focus on strategies for dealing with high-use fields including proper mowing,  fertilization, overseeding, aerification, and other techniques to help provide fields that maximize both safety and playability even under extreme conditions.
BC: 0.5 IPM*   AB:  applied 01/17  ISA: n/a
*content of this seminar is the same as 09-13 (just shorter).  Points will be awarded for either session A or B but not both

8:00am – 9:00am
Motivation in Motion
Bob Mitchell, West Shore Parks (retired)
Bob has always felt that mechanics need a motivational speaker to help *lift* their role in the industry, to the place that their reality already has them in.  Mechanics are *VERY* key personnel in organizations and the relationship between the mechanic and their immediate supervisor is a critical one for any organizations health.  Like all other trades and professions of any kind, the world of mechanics is filled with all sorts of personalities and characters.  They all share a passion for machinery and what makes it tick. Bob’s talk is aimed at challenging, lifting, complimenting, and making them think critically, and differently, about what they really do at work. The stereotype of the grease monkey has been dead for years, and it's time the grease monkey image was buried once and for all. We will give it a fitting funeral!  Filling an hour constructed around this theme will be great fun for the mechanics and Bob’s intent will be to inspire and motivate, and inject some good humour for added impact.
BC: n/a   AB:  applied 01/17   ISA: n/a

8:00am – 9:00am (WCTA code #13-13)
Reflecting on 50 Years of Pest Management
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising and Research
The beginnings of IPM in US agriculture, the Industrial Bio-Test Laboratory, the explosion in molecular biology, all these events of the past 50 years are still profoundly impacting our daily lives today.  If the past is a predictor of the future, where will go in the next 50 years?  Is it tee #12 calling you on the smart phone to report the irrigation did not open today?
BC: 1.0 IPM    AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: 1.0

9:00am – 10:00am
Maintaining and Upgrading Your Pump Station
Tom Bourassa, Pumptronics
The first portion of this presentation will review pump station mechanical and electrical components.   Points of discussion are pumps, valves, motors, control panels and other important parts making up the pump station.  The second part will involve servicing, starting with a review of typical maintenance required along with common problems and finally, Tom will review performance upgrades, specifically, things that will improve the system, make it last longer and save money based on adding components or replacing old technology.
BC: n/a   AB:  n/a   ISA: n/a

9:00am – 10:00am
Conversion of All-Weather Gravel Fields to Synthetic Turf
Catherine Eiswerth, RF Binnie
With synthetic turf fields becoming a more common part of Municipal inventory, the bar is being raised by users who are demanding higher quality sports surfaces, not only for games but also for practice and training space.   The all-weather gravel field, once a reliable wet weather commodity, is becoming far less popular as players consider the surface to be too abrasive and inferior from a playability perspective.  Many owners are also eyeing some of their existing all-weather fields, many of which already have lighting, as potential candidates for conversion to a synthetic turf, multi-purpose game field. Using a recent all-weather practice field conversion project for the Township of Langley as an example, Catherine Eiswerth, Binnie & Associates’ Sports & Recreation Division Manager, will provide an overview of a “lower-cost” gravel to synthetic turf renovation project, including how to identify potential conversion candidates, key steps in the process, common pitfalls, some of the essential and non-essential project elements (and how to prioritize them), management of user and owner expectations, and finally, estimated project costs.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

9:00am – 10:00am
What to look for When Purchasing Used Equipment
Ron Aston, Terra Equipment
A) OEM PARTS VS. AFTERMARKET
B) TIPS AND TECHNICAL ADVISE
C) CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY, TIER 4 COMPLIANCE AND OTHER TOPICS
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

9:00am – 10:00am
Horticulture Track speaker to be announced…
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

10:30am – 12:00pm (WCTA code #10-13B)
Making Moose Mince Meat out of Granulars and Lesser Products
Dale Miller, Redox Turf
Dale’s discussion will start with old and new fertility technology, chemical, soil, water and nutrient basics… all as they influence fertility management and efficiency. He will then move into soil / water analysis, and will discuss options, programs and products that provide solutions to fertility challenges.
BC: 0.5 IPM     AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: n/a
*content of this seminar is the same as 10-13.  Points will be awarded for either session A or B but not both

10:30am – 12:00pm
Sports Turf Injury Research
Tom Serensits, Penn State University
Find out answers about synthetic sports turf.  Are injuries more common on synthetic turf?  What is Gmax testing?  Are field users at risk for skin infections when playing on synthetic turf?  What about surface temperature and exposure to harmful chemicals?  Is there any environmental risk? Learn about measuring the characteristics of synthetic turf like traction and durability.  What is the perception from athletes?  Tom will even throw in some maintenance tips.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

10:30am – 12:00pm
Small Equipment can do Big Things!
Al Chrzanecki, Foreshore Equipment & Supply
1. Technical/mechanical changes in 2 & 4cycle engines to meet EPA and Carb Standards
2. Electric hand held equipment, pros and cons and where the development and market place is going!
3. Fuel related problems to outdoor power equipment and some remedies.
4. Aspen Fuel, features and benefits
All this info resulting in how small equipment can do big things if used and maintained in the correct manner
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

10:30am – 12:00pm (WCTA code #14-13)
Tree Pests and Disease Issues
Dr. Drew Zwart and Thor Claussen, Bartlett Tree Experts
Review major pests and cultural problems encountered in BC and Pacific Northwest in 2012 and take a look forward to 2013. This presentation will include a review of research on Phytophthora root disease.
BC: 1.5 IPM     AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: 1.5

Tuesday, March 5th

8:00am – 9:00am (WCTA code #15-13)
Annual Bluegrass Population Genetics
Jason Pick, Olds College
Learning Objectives
• Understanding the evolution of poa annua
• Genetics, Polyploidy and greens-type poas
• Selection forces and adaptation
• Dispelling Poa Management Myths
• Conversion programs
BC: 0.5 IPM     AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: n/a

8:00am – 9:00am
Synthetic Turf Safety and Performance
Mike Gentile, DMA Sports Group
Understanding the elements that make up a premier synthetic turf field is essential to designing, building, and maintaining that field. This presentation will explore the various characteristics of synthetic turf as they to relate safety and performance.  We will look at the testing methods used to quantify these elements as well as the role they can play in design, construction and maintenance. The FIFA performance testing protocol and Gmax impact safety testing will be the featured topics of this discussion.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

8:00am – 9:00am
Tier 4 Diesel Emission Regulations & Troubleshooting After-Cut Appearance
Barry Cochrane, The Toro Company
Environment Canada and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 diesel engine emission reduction mandate will soon have an impact on your business. The good news is that all Tier 4 compliant Turf Equipment manufactured after January 1st, 2013 will be better for the environment and healthier for everyone. The more difficult message to deliver is that all Tier 4 compliant diesel powered turf maintenance equipment - greater than 25 horsepower (hp) – from any manufacturer - will cost more.  Find out more about these far reaching regulations and how they will affect your facility.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

8:00am – 9:00am (WCTA code #18-13)
Improving Soil Ecology with Compost Tea Makes Healthier Plants/Turf
Dale Overton, Overton Environmental Enterprises
The benefits of compost tea to plant health have become more known in recent years however the use of compost tea on turf is not yet a mainstream practice.  Research in a variety of agriculture and horticulture crop production trials are showing significant benefits resulting from the application of compost tea including better root mass, more disease resistance, less disease pressure and overall healthier turf plants mainly attributed to healthier biological activity in the soil promoted by the tea. The City of Burnaby has been conducting compost tea trials over this past summer.  Attendees will learn about the onsite brewing unit and examine core samples that were pulled.  An overview of the brewing process will be provided along with an explanation of product application.  Turf health comparisons between treated and untreated plots will be discussed.
BC: 1.0 IPM     AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: 1.0

8:00am – 9:00am (WCTA code #19-13)
Certificates, Licenses and Public Posting
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising and Research
Who requires a pesticide certificate?  Who does not?  The answer is more complex than it seems.  This session will review the requirements of federal and provincial legislation for pesticide use.  Participants will gain clarity through the confusing maze of various government agencies.  We will also discuss requirements for pesticide licences (they are different from the certificate) and public posting after pesticide use.
BC: 1.0 Safety & Environmental Protection   AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: 1.0

9:00am – 10:00am
Presentation Skills for Today’s Manager
Brain Youell, Uplands Golf Course & 2012 CGSA Superintendent of the Year
This session will give today’s superintendent tips on how to structure a speech and effectively communicate to meet the demands of a golf course superintendent. Also covered will be the use of PowerPoint® and how to avoid common pitfalls when using the program for your presentations. The story structure will be illustrated so that superintendents can organize their information to make a presentation that ‘sticks’.
BC: n/a     AB:  applied 01/17    ISA: n/a

9:00am – 10:00am (WCTA code #22-13)
Alternative Weed Control for Turf and Landscapes
Tim Tripp, Neudorff North America
The cosmetic use of pesticides to control weeds has come under increased scrutiny. There is a push to move to products that do not persist and have very low toxicity. The result is that many school boards, municipalities and even entire provinces have banned the cosmetic use of pesticides traditionally used in lawns, and landscapes. The lawn and landscape industry requires tools that fit this new reality to control pests that affect the quality of landscapes. Iron HEDTA and ammonium soap are not persistent and have very low toxicity. The iron HEDTA is a selective broad leaf weed killer and the ammonium soap is a non-selective algae, moss, grass and weed killer.   Mode of action, research results and best management practices will be discussed.
BC: 0.5 IPM & 0.5 Safety & Environmental Protection     AB:  applied 01/17     ISA: 1.0

9:00am – 10:00am
Dealing with Staff, Salesman and Superiors and Still Getting the Job Done
Bob Mitchell, West Shore Parks (retired)
This session will cover some tips in dealing with people you will meet and have to interact with in the workplace. This is not always an easy thing to do, as people are different, and so are the situations!   Bob intends to use a few anecdotal stories collected from over 40 years in the workplace that will illustrate the problems he has had, and we all face.  It will also be an interactive session, sharing  common issues and discussing various techniques that we all have used to help us with our day to day responsibilities as an equipment technician.  The session promises to be informative, fun and a little tongue in cheek….. as there is no shortage of comedy material with this subject!
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

9:00am – 10:00am (WCTA code #20-13)
Drift Management During Pesticide Application
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising and Research
Off-target deposit of pesticides is becoming a big issue across North America.  Pesticide applicators are expected to understand the conditions that create drift and the methods to prevent it.  This session will take an in-depth look at the topic.  Participants will gain an understanding of decisions they should make when there is a change of weather, type of spray and equipment.  Requirements will be reviewed from provincial legislation and new pesticide labels.
BC: 1.0 Application Technology    AB:  applied 01/17   ISA: applied 1.0

10:30am – 11:30am (WCTA code #16-13)
Golf Track speaker to be announced...
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a   ISA: n/a

10:30am – 11:30am (WCTA code #17-13)
Managing a City-Wide Pesticide Ban – Moving Beyond Traditional Pesticides
Eric Portelance, Environmental Coordinator, City of Richmond
Often cited as exemplary, Richmond’s education and outreach program focuses on providing helpful and low-toxicity information to their community and researching innovative approaches to pest management.  Eric will present: -Pest management challenges and solutions under recent cosmetic pesticide use control bylaws. -Richmond’s firsthand experience with corn gluten meal pre-emergence herbicide on sports fields. -attendees are encouraged to network and share innovative weed control methods used by Parks Departments and fellow practitioners.
BC: 1.0 IPM    AB:  applied 01/17   ISA: 1.0 

10:30am – 11:30am
Be Part of the Purchase Process - Model Study on Cost of Reactive Maintenance versus Predictive Maintenance
Reef Caulder, Oakcreek Golf & Turf
Everyone has different budgets and challenges.  As an equipment technician, you can be part of the purchase process by comparing equipment replacement costs with:
1) No maintenance plan
2) Cost of reactive maintenance and repairs
3) Cost of Predictive Maintenance by employing high-tech tracking systems
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

10:30am – 11:30am (WCTA code #21-13)
Update on Pesticide Registrations
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising and Research
This session will review recent decisions by PMRA, the federal agency in charge of pesticide registrations.  The focus will be on products for ornamental use, especially turf and lawns.  Pesticides available for many years are being examined in light of new health and safety studies.  Products are being withdrawn or labels re-written.  At the same time, new pesticides are being registered that are considered safer for users and the environment.  Participants will gain an understanding of the current review process and review new pesticides being registered that are considered safe for users and the environment.
BC: 1.0 Safety & Environmental Protection     AB:  applied 01/17      ISA: 1.0

12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Precautionary Principle: A Better Safe than Sorry Approach to Environmental Law
Paul Tukey, Safelawns
Join North America's leading advocate of natural lawn care for a rousing discussion of the origin of Canada's precautionary principle, which dates to the mid 1980s in the village of Hudson, Quebec — the first municipality to ban lawn and garden synthetic pesticides.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Science, Sense and Nonsense
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, McGill University
When did "chemical" become a dirty word?  Forty or so years ago, chemistry - which had been recognized as a miracle-making boon to humanity - somehow became associated with warfare, sinister food additives, "toxins" and pollution.  It's a situation that Dr. Joe Schwarcz aims to put into perspective.  Yes, there's a downside to chemistry, he says, but this is dwarfed by its enormous benefits.  Dr. Joe's commentary will inspire an appreciation for the science of everyday life, and equip you to spot the muddled thinking, misunderstandings and deceptions in media stories and advertising claims. Does organic food really always equal better food? Are vaccines dangerous? Will the latest health fad make you ill? Do expensive wrinkle creams do the job? What are the best ways to avoid cancer? The answers to such questions often lie in an understanding of the chemistry involved.  Ask Dr. Joe.
BC: n/a    AB:  n/a    ISA: n/a

BE SURE TO SIGN THE CORRECT FORM DURING EACH PRESENTATION TO RECORD YOUR ATTENDANCE!!!
• You must fax a copy of your current Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate to the WCTA office for our records.
• We cannot service your recertification by Continuing Education Credits (CEC) without it. 
• Only BCLNA and WCTA members are eligible for this program.
• WCTA Fax: 1-866-366-5097
• Call the WCTA at (604) 869-9282 for further information or check www.wcta-online.com