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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Structural applicators

The 2021 Minnesota Structural Pest Management Conference will be held online.  Access to the conference materials will require a laptop or desktop computer or a tablet running a standard web browser application.

The in-person conference will not take place this year. Please check back here for more details and registration information.

For questions, contact:

The Fall 2021 Stored Grain conference is planned to be in-person. Check back in March 2021 for updates.

Recertification workshops

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 Minnesota Structural Pest Management Conference will be held online as a “study on your own” program.  The program will be offered between March and June, with registration starting in February. Check back in January 2021 for more details.

We may continue to offer an online “study on your own” option for the included categories, subject to approval from MDA.

This conference supports other categories if you participate in the main SPCA program.  Other categories are required every other year and are available on this schedule:

  • Even years: Category L (Mosquito, Biting Flies and Ticks)
  • Odd Years: Categories J (Right of Way), P (Vertebrate Pests), and E (Turf and Ornamentals)
  • Every year: Fumigation Endorsement  

In a regular year, the in-person Minnesota  Structural Pest Management Conference typically occurs on the first Monday and Tuesday of March.  Check back to confirm the dates for 2022.


Certification resources



Commercial/noncommercial pesticide program

Jolene C. Hendrix, Extension educator and program manager

Structural, stored grain and fumigation, and food processing certification

Stephen Kells, co-coordinator and Extension entomologist

Workshop registration assistance

Mary Ferguson, operations manager

Minnesota licensing

Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 651-201-6615 or pesticide.licensing@state.mn.us (email is preferred).

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