CHATHAM, Mich. — MSU Extension is offering a 4-hour review of the pesticide applicator ‘core manual’ for state exam preparation or educational credit for recertification on Friday, December 3, 2021
Jim Isleib, Extension Educator
MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816
Friday, December 3, 2021, 9am – 1pm eastern time
This 4-hour review is intended to help prepare for the State of Michigan commercial and private pesticide applicator certification exams. Four re-certification credits toward renewal of current State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification are available for private applicator ‘core’, commercial applicator ‘core’ and categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 3A, and 3B. The program will consist of chapter reviews of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and a practice exam. Please note! NO EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED at this program. It is strongly suggested that participants acquire copies of the core manual and study it thoroughly before taking the state exam. If seeking commercial certification or re-certification, the study manual for the category(s) desired should also be acquired and studied. This program will cover only ‘core’ manual material, no commercial categories.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture has changed the exam process. Exams are now offered through the Metro Institute. The following is from the MDARD website.
“Computer-Based Exams: Testing centers at 18 locations across Michigan offer computer-based, in-person exams through Metro Institute, a private pesticide exam administration company authorized to conduct testing on MDARD’s behalf. Applicators do not have to be computer-savvy to successfully complete these exams. Click Metro Institute Testing Center Locations to see a map of testing center locations.
Online, remotely proctored exams can be taken from your home or office if you have a computer with reliable internet service, a moveable camera (laptop or plug-in) and a microphone. These exams require a bit more computer knowledge, and you are advised to access the exam at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time to ensure you can begin the exam on time. View the Click training video to see what you should expect with the online exam process.
To schedule a computer-based exam with Metro Institute, please visit www.metrosignup/Michigan or call 877-533-2900. Metro Institute charges $55 per exam at testing centers and $65 per exam when taken online. This fee is in addition to the application fee provided to MDARD. Please note your certification is not complete until you have provided a completed application and application fee to MDARD in addition to passing the required exam(s).
Paper-based Exams:Paper-based, in-person exams are being offered for private, registered, and commercial core and standard (fumigation and aerial) exams only. These exams will be in conjunction with a review session conducted by Michigan State University (MSU). Availability will be extremely limited due to social distancing and staffing limitations. Applicators can register for the MSU review session and subsequent exam by visiting the MSU ANR Events Management System link on the MDARD Online Pesticide Exam Scheduling website: https://events.anr.msu.edu/MDARDPSEPCORE/.”
Refreshments will be available, but lunch will not be provided.
A $20 fee, payable at the door, is required for the pre-exam review offered by MSU Extension. If paying by check, make check out to “Michigan State University Extension”. This fee covers program costs and refreshments. (Note: This is a separate fee from State of Michigan And Metro Institute fees).
The core manual and other study materials can be purchased on-line at https://npsecstore.com/pages/michigan.
For more information, contact Jim Isleib, MSU Extension, at 906-250-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information regarding registration for State of Michigan pesticide applicator exams and additional training programs for pesticide applicators is available on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website under licensing/pesticides/pesticide applicator certification.
— MSU Extension – Alger County