Pesticide Applicator Training
The number of different
kinds of pesticides available for use has increased over the years, making
pesticide application more complex. The effects of pesticides in the environment
are important considerations. Highly toxic pesticides require special
equipment and safety measures. Pesticide applicators need to know more
about safety and proper use than ever before. Certification and continuing
education requirements for pesticide applicators were established for
these reasons. New applicators must demonstrate their knowledge of protecting
the environment from pesticide contamination, the safe handling of pesticides,
and protection from personal injury.
pesticide applicators requires the accumulation of continuing
education credits, in order for applicators to remain current
in the latest technology and changes in regulations. In Vermont, pesticide
applicators are certified for a five year period. Within the five years,
private pesticide applicators must accumulate eight continuing education
credits, in order qualify for recertification for the next five year period.
Commercial pesticide applicators must accumulate sixteen continuing education
credits, in order to qualify.
There are many opportunities
for attending in-state and out-of-state workshops, conferences and seminars
that offer pesticide recertification credits. The Plant Industry Section
now accepts credits for home study and correspondence courses.(The home
study course must have prior approval by the Plant Industry Section, in
order to receive credit). The Plant Industry Section sponsors workshops
for initial pesticide certification and many commercial category meetings.
The University of Vermont Extension system organizes workshops for private
applicators and commercial field and forage applicators. Please refer
to the Pesticide Applicator Report, the Plant Industry Section
newsletter for pesticide applicators in Vermont, or Agriview,
the Vermont Agency of Agriculture newsletter, for a schedule of workshops
offering continuing education credits. Meetings are also announced on
the home page for the Plant Industry Section. Professional organizations
also announce credit opportunities in their publications. Please call
(802) 828-3482, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions about certification and continuing education credit opportunities.