Pesticide Application Initial Certification Trainings

By Anne Macmillan, Agency of Agriculture

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will offer a review session and written exam for pesticide applicator initial certification at two locations in April. Although geared to farmers, pest control operators, landscapers,
greenhouse or nursery personnel and others who need to obtain a pesticide applicator license, licensed pesticide applicators also may attend to earn four Vermont recertification credits.

Meetings are scheduled for April 25 at VFW Post 2571, 97 South Main St., White River Junction, and April 26 at the Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Ct., Burlington. Registration is $30 if paid by April 11, $40 after that date.

Participants also will need to purchase a copy of the Northeast Pesticide Applicator Core Manual in advance. The manual, which costs $41, covers all exam topics including state and federal pesticide laws and regulations, proper handling of restricted-use pesticides, personal safety and protective equipment, equipment calibration and pest identification, among others.  

Information on registration and how to purchase the manual may be found at Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend should contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at (802) 656-0475 by April 11.

The review session will begin at 9 a.m. with a break for lunch before the written exam, which is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Participants should bring a bag lunch or plan to buy lunch off-site.

In addition to the core exam, some individuals seeking commercial certification will need to pass specific category exams, depending on their work. These exams may be scheduled through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture by calling Annie Macmillan @ (802) 828-3479 or