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WSDA Cull Cutter Training

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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One event on August 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

One event on August 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Apple technician training for China work plan and Taiwan systems approach work plan

The Taiwan Systems Approach Work Plan for exporting apples to Taiwan requires orchard sampling or field bin sampling to determine if the orchard lots are eligible for consideration for export. Those who do orchard and/or bin sampling must attend mandatory training (technician certification is good for up to two years) if they don’t have a Pest Consultant’s License (PCO) or a Commercial Applicator’s License issued by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The work plan also requires facilities to have a minimum of two certified cull cutting technicians to sample for codling moth infestation. Retraining must be repeated every two years to maintain certification.
The China work plan requires an apple sample to be taken and cut online by a trained technician.
This training session will cover both the orchard survey and field bin sampling, and cull cutter certification, for Taiwan and the 40-fruit sample process for China. Anyone trained last year does not need to attend again this year; there are no significant changes to either work plan.

Sign up for the WSDA technician training classes as follows:

  1. We will be using Microsoft Teams for the cutter classes.
    a. Morning Classes: August 11, 18, and 25th at 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
    b. Afternoon Classes: August 9, 16, and 23rd at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
  2. To register for the classes, attendees must send an email to me to confirm their registration.
  3. Attendees may join in groups or as an individual, in the email, please list the name of the packing facility, name(s) of participants with participant email addresses.
  4. After receiving the attendee email, I will send a sign-up sheet for attendees to legibly print and sign their full name, their packing facility name, and return the document to me. This must be done to receive certification.
    a. The attendee’s signatures are the only proof that WSDA will have that they attended the cutter classes.

To register send an email to to receive a link to the class.


August 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Joshua Milnes – WSDA