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Private pesticide applicator recertification information

January 6, 2021

Recertification for Private Pesticide Applicators will look a little different from previous years due to COVID-19. For farmers with certifications that expire on March 1, 2021, you can renew through 1 of 4 routes this year. The cost is $75 for each option, so choose the one that works best for you.

Private pesticide applicator manual 19th edition cover
Private pesticide applicator manual -19th edition

Online

Take the exam online by going to the Extension Private Pesticide Applicator page and clicking on the “Exams” tab. The $75 fee is paid by credit card and the manual can be viewed online. 

Self-paced Canvas course

Take the self-paced Canvas Course. This course will take you through the educational modules that you can complete at your own pace. This course must be finished by February 28th, 2021. Registration is at Extension Private Pesticide Applicator page under the “Self-paced course” tab. The $75 fee is paid by credit card online. 

Attend a live online workshop

These will be taking the place of in-person workshops for 2021. These workshops will take place from January until the end of February. You can attend by yourself, or with another applicator. Make sure to pre-register yourself with your own email address. If you attend with someone else, everyone in the room will need to pre-register themselves prior to the date using their own email addresses. Also make sure to have your certification card and number ready prior to attendance. You will need a working webcam, speaker, and microphone to interact with the presenters.

Pre-registration is required and must be completed at least 5 days prior to the workshop date you would like to attend. With all workshops limited to 50 people make sure to pre-register soon to make sure you can attend on the day you have available.

About 2 to 3 days prior to the online workshop, you will receive a Zoom Link along with the handouts for the workshop. You will be required to join the meeting on time, stay for the entire meeting, and respond to at least 80% of the questions during the workshop to be counted as present. If you are more than 15 minutes late you will be counted as absent and will not receive credit.

Pre-registration can be found by going to Extension Private Pesticide Applicator page and looking under the “Live online workshop” tab. Workshops are divided out by region. Stearns, Benton, and Morrison counties are all considered Central Region and I will be helping teach many of those workshops. Dates for the Central Region workshops are January 13, 20, 27, February 10, 17, and 24, from noon to 4 p.m., and February 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The $75 fee is paid by credit card online.

Written exam

Take the written exam that is available at all three local offices in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties. The 19th Edition Manual is still the current reference for the exam and is available for $10 at all three of your local County Extension office. The cost of the manual is $10 and can also be found online for free at Extension Private Pesticide Applicator page under the “Study manual” tab or it can be shipped from the UMN Bookstores. Mail the $75 fee made out to the “University of Minnesota” along with your test answer sheet in the envelope provided.

Due to COVID 19 the offices at this time are still locked, this means to receive the exam you will need to call into the local office to set up an appointment to ensure that you can get the exam. All three offices can mail the exam to you, which is the preferred method. There are different protocols at each office so make sure you understand what each of those are to get your exam in-time. For Benton County call 320-968-5081, Stearns County call 608-515-4414, and Morrison County 320-632-0161 to get your exam. 

If you are a new applicator or your certification has lapsed, you must take either the online or mail-in exam to receive your certification. If you have questions on the above information, please feel free to email me at ndrewitz@umn.edu, or call at 608-515-4414. Sign up to receive future events, educational programming and agronomic updates by email.

Nathan Drewitz, Extension agriculture crop production systems educator in Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties

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