BURLINGTON — A review session and written exam for initial certification for the Vermont pesticide applicator license will be offered in White River Junction and Burlington in April. Registration is $30, $40 after April 9.
University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will host trainings April 23 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 209 Balsam Ln., White River Junction, and April 24 at the Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. The review session will get underway promptly at 9 a.m. with the Vermont pesticide applicator core written exam scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Attendees should plan to bring or buy lunch.
To register for either session, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/psep. 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 site.
Who should attend?
The State of Vermont requires that farmers, Christmas tree growers, orchardists, pest control operators and others who handle restricted-use pesticides have a pesticide applicators license with recertification every five years. In addition, anyone who uses, supervises, recommends or sells pesticides, or who trains Worker Protection Standard handlers and their employees in Vermont may be required to pass the exam and all appropriate category exams to become certified.
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 are welcome to attend the review session to earn four Vermont recertification credits.
After passing the core exam for initial certification, anyone needing commercial certification may be required to pass one or more specific category exams. To schedule these, contact the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at (802) 828-3482.
Questions? Contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by April 2.
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