Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Businesses
Spotted lanternfly, an invasive species first discovered in 2014 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, has the potential to cause considerable damage to many valuable crops in Pennsylvania and beyond.
To stop its spread, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine for counties where the presence of this pest has been confirmed. Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone. Unsure if your business or organization is required to carry permits? Check our online article for more information and examples of who is required to obtain a permit.
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have developed this self-paced, online course to train designated employees how to comply with the quarantine. This course will teach the designated employees what they need to know about the spotted lanternfly through short, informative videos. They will learn the spotted lanternfly lifecycle and how to identify each life stage, what it likes to eat, and where it likes to lay its eggs. They will also learn how to find and destroy spotted lanternflies and their egg masses, best practices for working in the quarantine zone, and the best ways to eliminate spotted lanternfly from their property.
There are three sections in the course. Each section has a quiz at the end. Students will need to achieve a score greater than 70% on the quizzes in order to pass this course.
Once a designated employee passes this course, his or her company will receive spotted lanternfly permits for company vehicles. The designated employee must train fellow employees to work in the quarantine zone without inadvertently spreading these insects and endangering agriculture and commerce. Downloadable training materials, including PowerPoint presentations and fact sheets, are available in the course.
If you have questions about the permitting process, email the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a “train the trainer” course to train designated employees - usually an owner, manager, or supervisor - within a company on how to comply with the quarantine regulations. The designated employee must then train fellow employees.
You will learn how to:
- understand the importance of stopping spotted lanternfly
- outline the lifecycle and habits of spotted lanternfly
- understand why there is a quarantine zone and how it works
- find and destroy spotted lanternfly
- implement best practices to follow as you work in the quarantine zone
Frequently Asked Questions
A permit provides evidence that you have completed training on how to follow the rules of the quarantine order, and you agree to do all you can to ensure that you are not carrying SLF. You will receive a tag for your vehicles to show that you have the SLF permit from the PDA.
Once a designated employee passes the course, they will receive from PDA the requested number of spotted lanternfly permits for company vehicles. The designated employee must train fellow employees before granting them a permit.
Some courses also provide credits that can go towards professional certifications. None of the online courses offer credits that can go on a college transcript.
Please refer to the course description to learn if a specific course offers certificates and/or credits towards professional certification.
The definition of a passing grade varies from course to course. Once you register for an online course, please log in to learn about a specific course’s grading criteria.
Also, keep in mind that not all courses offer certificates. Please refer to the course description to learn whether or not a specific course offers a certificate.
Kathy Demchak, Cassandra Swett