Pesticide applicator recertification clock is ticking

By Tom Lollis

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Pesticide applicators need to obtain continuing certification hours before time runs out. The deadline is December 31, 2008 for commercial and non-commercial applicators licensed in 2003 or earlier. It is December 31, 2009 for private pesticide applicators licensed in 2004 or earlier.

Commercial and non-commercial applicators must earn 10 continuing certification hours every five years; private applicators must earn five hours in five years. The purpose for recertification is to learn the latest information on safe pesticide use and regulations to help applicators do a better, safer job.

“Commercial applicators can get recertification hours through their professional associations,” said Bob Bellinger, Clemson University Extension pesticide coordinator. “Private applicators can get their training through Clemson Extension programs offered statewide.” He encourages pesticide applicators to sign up early for the training.

Two websites offer information on recertification courses:  http://entweb.clemson.edu/pesticid/PArecert.htm and http://regfocus.clemson.edu/dpr/