Private recertification workshops for pesticide applicators offered

While there are several options to recertify in 2022, the cost is the same ($ 75) regardless of which option you choose.

Option 1: Attend a workshop in person. The workshops provide a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide you with the latest academic research on integrated pest management. Recertification workshops planned for Southwest Minnesota include (full list at www.pat.umn.edu):

January 27: 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Pipestone, Room 103. Face shield required.

Jan. 28: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Murray County 4-H Building, Slayton.

Feb. 14: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., American Legion, Jackson.

February 22: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Worthington Event Center, Worthington.

February 23: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. Face mask compulsory.

Participants must bring government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your private pesticide applicator certification card will also help you with the registration process. You must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.

Walk-in people are welcome, but pre-registration is available up to three days before the event on pat.umn.edu (be sure to note the cancellation policies). Recording will begin 30 minutes before the displayed start time. For visits without an appointment, payment will be cashed by check only.

Option 2: Take an online web-based course at your own pace, taking educational modules at your own pace. This course must be completed by February 28. Register on pat.umn.edu in the “Lessons at your own pace” section.

Option 3: Take the exam online at pat.umn.edu and click on the “Examinations” section. The manual (19th edition), which facilitates the test, is available free online.

Option 4: Take the written exam in the mail by picking up a test kit from most county extension offices or by contacting the Worthington Regional Extension Office (507) 372-3900, ext. 3901. You can also request a hard copy of the manual ($ 10) to help with the test.

Option 5: Attend a Zoom workshop live and online (February 24, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m .; or February 25, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Places are limited and pre-registration is required. See more details at pat.umn.edu.

Successful completion of one of these options will renew certification for three years.

These workshops are separate from the additional annual training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations to dicamba tolerant soybeans. See the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association website at https://mcpr-cca.org/dicamba-information-trainings/ for more information on these sessions. If you are planning to apply Paraquat, also see https://z.umn.edu/paraquat for details on additional training requirements.

Individuals who have never been certified or whose certification has expired must take the test online or by mail to receive certification. After successfully completing your certification, you will be eligible for recertification options when it is time to renew in three years.

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