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Produce Safety Alliance Educators Call #32 June 25, 2018 2-3 PM EDT

Total Attendees: 48
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Topic: PSA Lead Trainer Process, Lead Trainer Challenges, Improving Trainer Competencies, & Professional Development Opportunities for Produce Safety Educators
Presenter: Donna Pahl, Southwest Extension Associate, PSA based in Riverside, CA

Call Notes

  • A significant amount of information was covered regarding the PSA’s Lead Trainer Process. It is highly recommended that you listen/watch the recording of this meeting for the full details.
  • A basic overview of the PSA Lead Trainer Process was provided.
  • Two areas were discussed where trainers are evaluated; the PSA Trainer Application and the PSA Supplemental Application.
  • The PSA’s four trainer competency areas were reviewed.
  • PSA Lead Trainers are critical because they have mastered all four competency areas, ensure other trainers are providing accurate information, and make sure all necessary components of the training are submitted (registration, evaluations, certificate information).
  • Statistics for the PSA Lead Trainer Review process were provided. 351 Lead Trainer Applications have been received by the PSA.
  • The most common deficiency on the Trainer Application is lack of training experience, followed by lack of on-farm production experience, and lack of educational background.
  • Relevant training experiences were discussed (Slide 13). Additionally, ways to contact other PSA Lead Trainers and the PSA team were provided.
  • A rubric for scoring applications is available.
  • If additional experience or education is obtained between attendance at the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course and application for Lead Trainer, there is an opportunity to provide updates on the application. Upon opening the PSA Supplemental Application, there is an open-ended box where additional trainings, experiences, or knowledge obtained can be shared with evaluators (Slide 16).
  • Additional on-farm opportunity ideas were shared including volunteering at a farm, CSA work- exchanges, assisting with farm food safety plan writing, or On Farm Readiness Reviews.
  • Educational background is the least likely reason applicants are declined Lead Trainer status. There is flexibility in relevant educational background. For example, Plain growers who may have only attended school up to 8th grade can acquire knowledge through attendance at other continuing education courses, and several have successfully become PSA Lead Trainers. Formal education is not required as long as there are other experiences and educational background to meet the minimum requirements.
  • A review of the Supplemental Application process was provided. It includes 4 short answer questions (no more than 350 word responses), one from each competency area. It is not timed and the link does not expire. Previewing and drafting responses to the questions was discussed. Tips for filling out the application were provided (Slide 25).
  • The most common deficiencies on the PSA Supplemental Applications are in the Fruit & Vegetable Production and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule competency questions. Some questions are scenario based, similar to real life questions a grower might ask a trainer at the course. Common challenges to the Supplemental Application were discussed (Slides 29-35).
  • Reputable sources of information were provided as guidance for staying up-to-date on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and should be used to inform your responses on the Supplemental Application.
  • The use of the FSMA PSR preamble was discussed as a valuable resource to PSA Trainers & PSA Lead Trainers.
  • The NECAFS Clearinghouse was shared; recently, TAN responses have been posted as a resource to trainers and growers.

Educator Call #32: Resources Shared During Call

Next Meeting – Tuesday, July 31 2018, 2 PM Eastern
Topic: On Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR)

Guest Speakers: Bob Ehart, NASDA; Dr. Michelle Danyluk, University of Florida
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