BURLINGTON, Vt. — University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will host a review session and written exam for initial certification for the Vermont pesticide applicator license at two locations this spring.
These are scheduled for May 5 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 209 Balsam Ln., White River Junction, and May 6 at the Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. The review session begins promptly at 9 a.m. with the Vermont pesticide applicator core written exam scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.
Farmers, orchardists, landscapers, garden center employees, pest control operators and others who handle restricted-use pesticides are required by law to have a pesticide applicator license. Others who use, supervise or recommend or sell pesticides or who train Worker Protection Standard handlers and their employees in Vermont also may be required to pass the exam and all appropriate category exams to become certified.
Pre-registration is required at www.uvm.edu/extension/psep. The fee is $30 until April 19 and $40 after that date. Participants should plan to bring or buy lunch. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
All participants must obtain a copy of the Northeast Pesticide Applicator Core Manual (third edition) and Vermont pesticide regulations in advance to study for the exam. Details on where to purchase can be found on the registration website.
The review session and exam will cover state and federal pesticide laws and regulations, pest identification, proper handling and storage of restricted-use pesticides, personal safety and protective equipment, pesticide formulations and calibration of equipment, among other areas. Licensed pesticide applicators who attend the review session will earn four Vermont recertification credits.
After passing the core exam for initial certification, individuals needing commercial certification may be required to pass one or more specific category exams. These may be scheduled through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at (802) 828-3482.
For more information, contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by April 13.
–University of Vermont
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