General Information

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2016 NRCA Program


OBJECTIVES:  1) To provide railroad applicators the opportunity for reviewing and updating in order to meet the high standards of performance of both the Association and the states. 2) To help new applicators prepare for initial certification. Mindy Shoults (email ) works to gain acceptance of this program in as many states as possible. The program contains pesticide-related material generally suitable for Continuing Certification approval in Rights-of-Way. 

WHERE:  The Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, is located off the Shadeland Avenue exit of I-70 East, just west of the I-465/I-70 junction on the east side of Indianapolis.

REGISTRATION:  Please return the enclosed registration form by XXXXX.  The registration fee includes conference materials, meals, and breaks.

CANCELLATION:  Purdue University is not responsible for costs incurred due to cancellation.

TRAINING MATERIALS:  Training materials for Session I, Core and Category 6 manuals, can be obtained from the Media Distribution Center, Purdue University:  888-398-4636.

CERTIFICATION EXAMS:  The Indiana Certification exam will be given by the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Pre-register if you plan to take the Indiana certification exam. License application forms for Indiana will be available after the exam. Fees are due when you apply for your license. Other state exams will be offered after lunch on Wednesday. The Illinois certification exam will be offered after lunch Thursday if enough people pre-register for it.

HOUSING AND MEALS:  Meals are included in the registration fee; lodging is not. A block of rooms is reserved at the Indianapolis Marriott East at the rate of $103.00, single or double occupancy. The room block will be held until December 24th, 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 317-352-1231 or 800-228-9290. Identify your reservation with the National Railroad Contractors Association. 

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION:  The Indianapolis airport is about 20 miles west of the Marriott East. One limousine service is Carey Indiana, 800-888-INDY (out of state only) or 317-241-7100. The fare from the airport to the hotel is about $35 per person (share ride); tip not included. This is cheaper than taxi fare. Carey Indiana is located in the Ground Transportation Center, across the street from baggage claim area and across from Avis; open 24 hours a day.

TAX DEDUCTION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES:  Treasury regulation sec. 1.162.5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses (registration fees, cost of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to: (1) maintain or improve skills required in one’s employment or other trade of business, or (2) meet express requirements of an employer or a law imposed as a condition to retention of employment, job status, or rate of compensation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Purdue is committed to making its programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require an accommodation or special assistance for this program due to a disability, please contact us at 765- 494-2758. For registration or any other information, contact:

Pam Walker-Stokes                                                              765-494-9482
Conference Division                                                             800-359-2968
Purdue University                                                        fax:  765-494-0567
Stewart Center, Room 116                                    E-mail:
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034

For more information about NRCA or the Weed Control Seminar contact
Gerry Blase, President NRCA.

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