Once I am certified, how do I remain certified?
Commercial, Non-commercial and Government applicator certificates are renewed annually, with the submission of the appropriate renewal paperwork, usage report, and fees. Mid-November, paperwork is mailed to each applicator, or their employer, to renew for the following year.
Private applicator certificates are renewed every (5) five years.
All certification exams remain valid for a period of 5 years. During those five years, commercial, non-commercial and government applicators must earn sixteen (16) recertification credits in the appropriate certification category or categories in order to renew their exams for another five years. Private applicators must earn eight (8) recertification credits to renew their exams for another 5 years.
Applicators that have not earned the required number of credits must re-take the exams in order to remain certified.
How do I earn re-certification credits?
Credits are earned by attending meetings/courses (in and out of Vermont) that are approved for credit by the Certification & Training (C & T) Coordinator or by completing and returning the quizzes from the semi-annual newsletter, The Pesticide Applicator Report. (See below)
Find a list of recertification credit meetings that have been approved by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at: Pesticide Applicator Meeting Search
If you attend a meeting in a state other than Vermont, be sure you send a copy of your signed attendance form (issued by the Pesticide Authority in the state where the training was held) to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture as soon as possible after the training. The following information is required on any out-of-state attendance forms If the information is not provided on the form issued by the state, then you must provide it. Confirm with the Agency that credits will be approved before attending any out-of-state meeting.
• Full name printed clearly
• Vermont certification number
• Applicator’s signature
Meeting Information - (May be on the attendance form itself, on an accompanying brochure or hand-out from the meeting, or supply a current web address that contains all of the following meeting information)
• Name of Meeting
• Date of meeting
• Name of sponsoring organization/business
Meeting Sponsor - contact information
• full name
• sponsor’s signature
• full address
• phone or email
Course location - name and full address
Credit information - from host state lead agency (state agency responsible for approving pesticide related trainings) including commercial and/or private categories and credits assigned to each
Always keep a copy of your attendance form for your own records.
How do I determine how many pesticide credits I have?
Here is where you can check your pesticide credits (you need the last 4 digits of your certificate number (i.e. "4287") and your last name).
The Pesticide Applicator Report
Most recent issues:
- Fall 2021
- Spring 2021
- Fall 2020
- Spring 2020
- Fall 2019
- Spring 2019
- Fall 2018
- Spring 2018
- Fall 2017
- Spring 2017
- Spring 2016
- Fall/Winter 2015
- Fall/Winter 2014/2015
- Fall 2013
UVM Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) online courses