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NH3 Competent Attendant Training: On-Line Training Begins Sept 1

Since the COVID situation made having in-person fall ammonia safety schools problematic, IFCA worked with the IL Dept of Ag to get approval for an on-line training program that will issue a competent attendant certificate for use this fall.  Because classroom training is more in-depth, this on-line program covers the basics but the certificate is only good until January 1, 2021.  Only persons whose certificates have expired or who are new hires that will be working with ammonia this fall need to take this on-line training to get certified for the fall.  
Here are the steps to follow to gain access to the on-line NH3 competent attendant training:
1.  Go to the IFCA website (, click on the "Training" menu and then select "On-Line Competent Attendant Ammonia Training"   To go directly to the registration page for the training click here
2.  Each individual that needs training must register separately and take the training separately on their work computer or laptop.  You can use a smartphone, but it is not the best option.  The program can only issue one certificate per registration.  If you do not have a personal email address, you can use the email of your supervisor who will then receive the email with your certificate when you successfully complete the program.  You must also create a username in order to access the program.  

3.  It will take 30-40 minutes to complete the training and take the knowledge assessment.  You can print your certificate at the completion of the program, and the certificate will also be emailed to you.  You must keep this certificate at your place of business.  IDA will accept this certificate as proof of training for this fall.  IFCA will also submit a roster of everyone who took the training to IDA.  

4.  The cost for the on-line training is $15.  The registration page will accept a credit card.  This fee helps to offset the cost of IFCA developing and hosting this program for our industry.  

5.  The certificate expires on January 1, 2021.  IFCA and IDA hope to return to a classroom setting for competent attendant training in the spring of 2021.  

6.  Please be sure to complete the training prior to working with ammonia this fall.  New hires must also take this training, but you should also have a trained and experienced competent attendant at your company perform hands-on training with them to assure they fully understand the safety, first aid and emergency response procedures when handling ammonia, applying ammonia or working with ammonia equipment.  

This flyer explains the on-line training program in more detail.  If you have any problems with the on-line program, please call our office at 309.827.2774 and select extension 3 to be transferred to John Rebholz.  

New requirements for ammonia training for farmers and farm employees or family members who transport, apply or work with ammonia or ammonia equipment will go into effect in early 2021.  Stay tuned this winter for more details on that program.