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General Certification Standards Training & Testing for Agricultural Pesticide Applicators Offered Aug. 2

Post Date:07/13/2017 7:54 AM

On Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m., the UF / IFAS - St. Lucie County Extension will conduct a training and testing program titled: “General Certification Core Training for Agricultural Pesticide Applicators.”  It is designed to teach participants about the laws, rules and regulations of pesticide application as well as methods that will enable applicators to apply pesticides in a manner that is safe for people and the environment.  After the training, Extension Agent Ken Gioeli will be administering the first of two licensing exams. This course is not appropriate for people seeking a commercial landscape maintenance license under Ch. 482.

Pesticide applicators who purchase or use pesticides classified as restricted-use by the U.S. EPA must demonstrate that they meet certification standards established by the Agency under authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as Amended. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services mandates applicator licensing requirements under Chapter 487. These mandates state that applicators must pass written examinations to be licensed. Applicators must re-certify either by re-examination or by attending pesticide education programs to acquire continuing education credits. The Natural Resources Agent provided education training courses and licensing exam opportunities for local restricted-use pesticide applicators.

For more information about the General Certification Standards course, please call the Extension Office at 772-462-1660.

When:                         Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. (training)
Testing:                      Exams begin at 1 p.m.
                                    Pre-registration is required for paper as well as computer exams.
                                    Register for exams at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu 
                                    No fee for exams

Where:                       St. Lucie County Extension, 8400 Picos Road, Ste 101, Fort Pierce

Registration:              $25 regular registration closes on Wednesday, July 26

                                    $35 late registration begins Thursday, July 27  

                                    $35 registration paid at the door

                                    Credit card payments can only be accepted in advance of the class online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu. A small fee will be added for Eventbrite and credit card payments

Refund Policy:           Refunds will be available until the close of regular registration. No refunds will be issued after that date or credited to future classes.

Training Manual:     SM-1 Applying Pesticides Correctly http://ifasbooks.ufl.edu

CEU's Available:      2 Ch. 487 Core CEUs approved

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