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Category J: Natural Areas, Forestry and Rights-of-Way

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This category includes applicators in

  • Forestry: forested areas and forest plantations

  • Rights-of-way: including roads, utilities and ditch banks

  • Natural areas: prairie restoration, buckthorn removal

The audience is commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators. Category J recertification workshops also include recertification credit for Category A (core).

Who must attend a Category J Recertification Workshop in 2019?

Minnesota pesticide applicators licensed in Categories A and J who last attended a workshop in 2017 need to attend an MDA approved recertification workshop. New pesticide applicators (licensed for the first time in 2018) need to attend a workshop, too. Attendance at an approved recertification workshop once every two years fulfills the recertification requirement in Categories A and J by licensed commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators. Some license categories require recertification more often.

When do I renew my license, attend a recertification workshop or retest?

Renewal: License renewal is required every year and follows recertification. Attending a 2019 recertification workshop enables pesticide applicators to renew their license in 2020 and 2021. If an applicator does not attend a 2019 workshop in their categories as required, retesting must be completed before a license can be renewed. Then, in addition to the license application fee, retest fees are charged for each category.

Recertification: If you attend a recertification workshop in 2019 for Category J, you'll be required to attend a recertification workshop or take the exam again in 2021. 

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