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December 4, 2015:

US: MSU organizes pesticide applicator core manual review sessions

MSU Extension is collaborating with the MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to offer a study session and exams for people who need private or commercial pesticide applicator certification. The session will provide 4 re-certification credits for currently state-certified private or commercial pesticide applicators (core credits only). The program will consist of review of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and practice exam questions. State exams will be offered following the 4-hour review session. Attending the review session is not required to take a state exam.

Past participants have found the review session helpful to refresh their memory about the material and help them pass the exams. The review session is not a substitute for studying the core manual. It is strongly suggested that participants acquire copies of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and study it thoroughly before the 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. Manuals are available from the on-line MSU Extension Bookstore at or contact your local MSU Extension office.

What will this cost?... The review session from 9am – 1pm, conducted by MSU Extension, will cost $10, cash or check payable to ‘MSU Extension’, at the door. This fee will cover refreshments, materials, and MSUE staff costs. If you plan to take a state exam, be prepared to pay an additional $50 for the private certification fee, or $75 for the commercial certification fee, by check or money order made payable to ‘State of Michigan’. A waiver from the State of Michigan is offered to honorably discharged veterans seeking private pesticide applicator certification. You must provide a copy of your veteran’s federal form DD-214 that indicates honorable discharge status along with your application. Lunch will not be provided. A 1/2 hour break is scheduled between the review and the exams for participants to have lunch. If taking an exam, bring your own lunch, or plan for a very quick lunch break.

Friday, December 4, 2015 MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI Core manual review: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. eastern time, $10 payable at the door State exams: 1:30 p.m. eastern time.

Please register for the core manual review sessions by contacting Jim Isleib, MSU Extension at +1 906-387-2530 or Please register for the state exams at If you have questions about the certification process, contact David White, MDARD Pesticide and Plant Pest Management inspector at +1 906-250-3554 or
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