Classes Resources

Farm Labor Supervisor Program (FLS)


FLS Certificate Information [pdf]

 Classes Information, Presentations, Handouts, and Flyers


Wage and Hour

Basics of Department of Labor (DOL)-enforced (MSPA) and FLSA regulations related to paying workers fairly:  information workers are required to know before and during their employment; importance of correctly recording compensable hours and minimum wage; when to start and stop the clock each day; in-class exercises for calculating pay; and the concept of joint employment.   Length:  2 hours   (REQUIRED FOR CFLM)


Interactive identification of items required for disclosing Terms and Conditions of Work.

Case studies, one tomato and one citrus that outline a “day in the life” of a farm worker, from the time they arrive at the pick-up location to the time they return there at the end of the day.  The class has to fill in start and stop times for compensable hours, including a worker who volunteers to file the ice chest.  Then someone summarizes each case study for the class and explains the answers. 

Farm Labor Contractor Basics

Details of legal registrations required by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) for Farm labor contractors.   Each portion of the process of becoming registered is covered, starting with general eligibility requirements and testing, then leading into authorizations (driving, transporting, and housing) and everything that is needed to support each authorization.   The class covers timing, supporting documents and “helpful hints” for the registration process.   The latter part of the class reviews “Surviving in Inspection” from all the various agencies that oversee the activities of FLCs.   Length:  2 hours


 Instructor reviews a FLC Application form and class identifies timing and updating of related documents such as drivers’ license, insurance, doctor certificates, etc. 

 Using a packet of sample/fictitious documents, each attendee creates a folder of information that will be requested by DOL or DBPR agents.

Volunteers submit to a role-played investigation by a volunteer role-played agent.   

Human Resources Compliance

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations regarding discrimination; harassment; protected classes; reasonable accommodation; retaliation and mediation.   This class is based mostly on real-life case studies that we analyze in class – each year we use four different case studies.  Also new is information about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) protections.   We discuss a mediation service that can help avoid expensive court cases.  The class also includes a brief overview of Child Labor laws and signs of Human Trafficking. Length:  2 hours  (REQUIRED FOR CFLM)


 Using case studies based on real-life EEOC press releases, the class divides into 4 groups and reviews 1 of 4 case studies.  A person from the group then presents their case to the class and then answers the questions:  Have you ever seen or heard of this happening?  Do you think the company was found guilty and if so, what were the consequences?

The class determines 4 “protected classes” during the case study exercise, and then identifies the remaining protected classes that are not covered.

Interactive discussion about why agriculture is an ideal environment for human traffickers and how to report suspicious activity. 

Management Communications, Part 1

This is part 1 of a 3-part course on management communication skills for supervisors of farm workers.  Part 1 includes the effect of non-verbal communication; importance of body language, facial expressions and tone; cultural awareness and stereotyping that affects communication; a management style test; and management skills, including the difference between effective encouragement and praise and between threats and consequences.  Part 2 will focus on perceptions of respect, fairness, motivating and documentation.  Part 3 includes recognizing anger triggers; avoiding conflict and how to deal with conflict should it arise in spite of efforts.  Length: 2 hours


Demonstration and identification of various vocal tones, facial expressions and body language positions and how they affect communication.

Interactive discussion of cultural differences in body language and gestures, which leads into the fallacies of stereotyping. 

Visualization of an ideal day in the future.  (If you can see it, you can get there.)

Attendees take individual management styles tests followed by a discussion of boundaries. 

Agriculture Equipment Safety

Regulatory and best practice protections related to most types of agricultural equipment used in fields and groves, including work safety practices that prevent injuries and fatalities.    Length:  2 hours


Pesticide Safety

The pesticide safety class presents an overview of best practices related on how to comply with the worker protection standards (WPS). This class also includes PESTICIDE HANDLER training, which earns attendees a WPS Pesticide Handler training verification card or certificate. Under current regulations, a person trained as pesticide handler is authorized to conduct the WPS training for agricultural workers. Length: 2 hours


WPS - Train the Trainer

This Train the Trainer Class will prepare attendees to train agricultural workers and handlers in the provisions of the Worker Protection Standard requirements that protect workers against pesticide exposure. Attendees receive a Train the Trainer Certificate which will allow them to provide WPS training. Length: 3.5 hours


Emergency Preparedness & Personal Safety

The first part of the class is a review of items to have on hand and recommended procedures in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. The second part covers recommendations about personal safety in town and at home, particularly important for farm workers who are often targets because they are known to carry large amounts of cash. In addition to their own information, we hope the Crew Leaders and other supervisory attendees will pass information on to workers in their crews. Length: 2 hours.


Flyers abd Handouts


Often, the key to saving someone’s life is the action and reaction of the people close by when the situation first occurs. This class will enable you to perform CPR and use a defibrillator to resuscitate someone with cardiac arrest. In addition, you will learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver to save someone who is choking. You can offer not only a chance of life, but a chance of a good life. Includes certification by the American Heart Association. Taught by Southwest Florida Safety Consultants, Inc. Length: 3.5 hours


Taught by Paramedics with real-life experience in fields and groves.

Using dummies, each person in the class simulates the entire process of saving someone using CPR and an AED machine, from the time the person is found until the EMTs arrive.

First Aid

American Safety and Health class on Basic First Aid. This comprehensive class includes legal considerations and personal safety of administering first aid; assessing the patient; the difference between soft tissue, muscle and bone, and facial injuries; burns; sudden illnesses; poisonings; bites and stings; and environmental emergencies related to heat and cold. Taught by Southwest Florida Safety Consultants, Inc. Length: 3.5 hours


Attendees role-play accident situations.

Students perform various first aid activities, including bandaging imaginary wounds, splinting a broken leg.

DOT Audit Class: Would you pass an audit?

This class is designed for office and administrative personnel of companies employing drivers and their vehicles. It includes a review of administration of a formal DOT-approved Controlled Substances program, maintenance of Driver Qualification Files, Vehicle Maintenance Files, and monitoring Hours of Service. Tracey McQuilken, retired Sergeant Investigator with FDOT/FHP, will share her experience as the investigator who used to conduct the audits – now she will help you be ready for them! Length: 3.5 hours


Rules for Bus / Van Drivers

This class is designed for drivers and mechanics and will focus on DOT regulations for vehicle inspections and driver preparedness. WH/DOL and DBPR regulations will also be covered, and a discussion of “when is a carpool not a carpool?” In Vehicle preparedness, we will review details of what needs to be inspected on farm labor vehicles, what paperwork is required and who is responsible for related tasks. Driver preparedness will include the DOT medical examination, alcohol and drug testing from the viewpoint of the drivers, and how drivers track hours of service. Tracey McQuilken, retired Sergeant Investigator with FDOT/FHP will share real-life headlines as examples of what can happen if these regulations are NOT followed, that should make everyone a believer!


The class divides into 6 groups. Each one goes to one of six 30 X 44 inch poster- photographs of a labor bus: side, back, front, interior, dashboard and engine views. Each group uses post-it notes to identify items that need to be inspected at the beginning and end of each shift. One of the group members lists the required items to the rest of the class, and the class, functioning like a regulatory agency, adds or corrects.

Day in the life of a bus driver. Using a fictitious case study, participants fill out a DOT-required driver’s daily log sheet, entering on-duty, driving, and off-duty time. The class determines if the driver is within the maximum on duty or drive time legal limits.

Taught by Tracey McQuilken, retired Sergeant Investigator with FDOT/FHP, Length: 2 hours

Save Driving

This class begins with an overview of the details and importance of vehicle preparation and driver preparation. The rest of the class focuses on defensive driving principles (Space, Anticipation, Adjustments, and Distractions) and concludes with information on major distractions of drug and alcohol use, cellphones, and texting.


This class is usually taught in conjunction with local county Sheriff’s Department officers.

Attendees break into four groups and spend three minutes at each of 4 whiteboard/easel locations identifying what they can think of in terms of four safe driving concepts: Space, Anticipation, Adjustments and Distractions (SAAD).

Class identifies 10 vehicle interior distractions on a cartoon illustration.

Texting exercise in which 4 people “race” each other from one side of the room to the other while accurately texting a message.

Attendees volunteer to walk a straight line while wearing Distracted Driving goggles. 

Migrant and Seasonal Worker Housing

An overview of regulations and best practices for migrant and/or seasonal farm labor housing. The class covers types of housing allowed; required permits, licenses, fees and authorizations and when to obtain them; inspections; deductions from payroll and other legal implications including issues with housing discrimination and retaliation. We also cover timing of permits and supporting documents; who is responsible; what “operates” really means; and how some of the housing-related activities of FLCs make them more or less responsible.


This class is usually taught in conjunction with a representative from the County Health Department.

Identify required postings, what is required and where they should be posted.

What’s wrong with this picture? Photographs of housing with violations are shown to the class as they point out interactively what would be cited in an inspection.

Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program (FLS) - Classes Resources

To earn the Certificate of Farm Labor Management one must: 1) Attend (8) FLS classes – (3) Core and (5) Choice. 2) Pass a test or assessment for each class.