Changes to pesticide applicator certification

Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.

MSU Extension has been a partner with Michigan Department of Agriculture in providing educational programs and tools to individuals required to be a certified pesticide applicator. Over the past few years, there have been some changes; new core manuals that are utilized nationally, credits for attending educational seminars and workshops, as well as costs associated with certifications.

On January 1, the Michigan Department of Agriculture implemented changes to the recertification by seminar program. The first change involves the amount of credits that you obtain for attending an educational program. MDA is now awarding 1 credit for each hour of class regardless if it is hands-on or lecture. Previously, 2 hours of lecture earned 1 recertification credit.

The second change addresses the amount of credits you need to renew all or part of your certification.

  • Commercial Core - 8 credits
  • Commercial Category - 8 credit for each category
  • Private Core - 16 credits
  • Registered Technician Core – 8
  • Registered Tech Category - 8 credit for each category

Michigan Department of Agriculture understands that credits earned before January 1, 2010 by applicators that expire in December 2010 or December 2011 will have to be equalized so they carry the same value as credits earned under the new credit system.

If you have any specific questions, email Brian Rowe, Pesticide Section manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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