New core manuals available

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.    

Completely rewritten commercial and private certification core manuals are now available from Michigan State University (MSU) Extension.

The manual for private pesticide applicators (Extension Bulletin E3007) includes the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and the Michigan Private Core Manual Addendum.

The commercial manual (Extension Bulletin E3008) consists of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and the Michigan Commercial Core Manual Addendum.

Including the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual facilitates reciprocity between states, making it more likely that state regulatory agencies will recognize the credentials of certified applicators working in other states. The national core manual discusses federal pesticide laws and the Michigan-specific addendums add the state of Michigan pesticide laws and regulations. The private applicator addendum also includes private applicator equipment and calibration information.

The new manuals are better organized, illustrated, easier to read and more comprehensive than past editions. They also contain more recent information on regulations and pesticide safety recommendations.

These manuals are used to study for the initial and renewal certification exams offered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. After passing the exams, an individual becomes a certified applicator and can purchase restricted-use pesticides. Applicators must renew their certification every three years by retaking the exams or by attending enough MDA-approved seminars to earn credits toward renewal.

Each manual is available for $30 from MSU Bulletin Distribution Center or any county MSU Extension office. To find an office near you, visit

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