Registrations Still Being Accepted For Pesticide Applicator Training
- By Sarah Kingsley-Richards
Randolph Center--There is still time to register for the spring pesticide applicator training and exam to obtain a Vermont pesticide applicator license.
If you are a farmer, forester, greenhouse or nursery owner or employee, landscaper, or pest control operator who uses restricted-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities, you are required, by law, to be certified. This entails passing a written exam with recertification every five years.
University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will conduct a review session, beginning at 9 a.m. on April 8 in the Red Schoolhouse at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. The written examination for initial certification will be conducted from 2 to 4 p.m. Licensed pesticide applicators are invited to attend the morning session to receive two Vermont recertification credits.
Advance registration is required. Registration information can be found at http://pss.uvm.edu/pesp/InitialCert2014flyer.pdf.
Registration is $20, if paid by March 28, and $30 after that date. Please plan to bring your own lunch or purchase it at the campus cafeteria.
Training is based on the Northeast Pesticide Applicator Core Manual, which costs $41 and must be purchased for study in advance. Order online at http://agriculture.vermont.gov/pesticide_regulation/applicator_dealer_resources.
Topics to be covered in the review session include state and federal pesticide laws and regulations; pest identification and control; pesticide formulations; equipment calibration; protective equipment and personal safety; proper use, storage and disposal of pesticides and first aid for pesticide poisoning, among other areas.
After passing the core exam for initial certification, anyone requiring commercial or non-commercial certification is required to take additional exams for specific categories. No category exams will be given on April 8 but may be scheduled through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture by calling (802) 828-3482.
Questions? Contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475. If you require a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call by March 28.