FORT PIERCE, Fla. — On Thursday, May 17 at 9 a.m., the UF / IFAS – St. Lucie and Indian River County Extension will be conducting a training and testing program titled “General Certification Core Training for Agricultural Pesticide Applicators.” It is designed to teach participants about the laws, rules and regulations of pesticide application as well as methods that will enable applicators to apply pesticides in a manner that is safe for people and the environment. After the training, agents will be administering the first of two licensing exams. This course is not appropriate for people seeking a commercial landscape maintenance license under Ch. 482.
Pesticide applicators who purchase or use pesticides classified as restricted-use by the U.S. EPA must demonstrate that they meet certification standards established by the Agency under authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as Amended. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services mandates applicator licensing requirements under Chapter 487. These mandates state that applicators must pass written examinations to be licensed. Applicators must re-certify either by re-examination or by attending pesticide education programs to acquire continuing education credits.
For more information about the General Certification Standards course, please call Garima Kakkar at St. Lucie Extension Office at 772-462-1660.
When: Thursday, May 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. (training)
Testing: Exams begin at 11 a.m. after the training. While registering for the exam on the website below, please do not forget to select the exam slot of 11 a.m. to noon.
No fee for exams.
Where: St. Lucie County Extension, 8400 Picos Road, Ste 101, Fort Pierce
Registration: $30 regular registration closes on Saturday, May 12.
$35 registration paid at the door.
Credit card payments can only be accepted in advance of the class online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu.
A small fee will be added for Eventbrite and credit card payments.
Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 1 day before your event start date. No refunds will be issued after that date or credited to future classes.
Training Manual: SM-1 Applying Pesticides Correctly http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu
Contact: Dr. Garima Kakkar, 772-462-1660
—UF / IFAS – St. Lucie and Indian River County Extension
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