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Pesticide Recertification Training Workshops

UMass Extension conducts pesticide recertification training workshops throughout the year. These workshops are designed to provide both licensed and certified applicators with current information regarding the safe and effective use of pesticides. Applicators can gain contact hours towards recertification in addition to a current understanding of pesticide issues and their responsibilities as pesticide applicators in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

It is your responsibility to select workshops that are appropriate for your license or certification. If you have any questions about these workshops you can contact the Pesticide Education office at (413) 545-1044.

Current Recertification Training Workshop Schedule

Many of the Pesticide Recertification Training online workshops use Zoom video conference or GoToWebinar. Please contact Natalia Clifton at nclifton@umass.edu if have any questions. 

Below is a list of the current workshops.  The registration fee is $40/2hr workshop/person. You will pay for these workshops after you successfully complete the workshop. Click on the title link for information and Zoom registration. You will receive a separate Zoom confirmation email for each workshop that you register for.  Each person has to register with an their own email address and use a separate device (desktop/laptop/smartphone/tablet) during the online workshop.

Click on title to Register Date & Time Location Categories Contact Hours
Pollinators and Pesticides Update

10/22/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Special Topics for Pesticide Applicators

10/22/21

10:45am-1:15pm

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Massachusetts Pesticide Laws and Regulations

10/27/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Safe Pesticide Handling:From Start to Finish

10/27/21

10:45am-1:15pm

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Pesticides and Impacts on Wildlife

10/28/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Fungicides Modes of Action and Resistance Management

10/28/21

10:45am-1:15pm

Online For all private categories, Applicator's license, and the following commercial categories only: 33,34,35,36,37,48,49 2.0
Pesticide Applicator Safety:PPE and SDS

11/4/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Pesticide Respirator: Train the Trainer

11/9/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Special Topics for Pesticide Applicators

11/23/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses. 2.0
Safe Pesticide Handling:From Start to Finish

11/30/21

7:45am-10:15am

Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
 

 

     
 

 

     

 

Common Questions

 

How many contact hours are needed?

In 1993, the Massachusetts Department Agricultural Resources (MDAR) revised the recertification training requirements. A summary of requirements for each license category is listed below.

 
License Contact Hours
Dealer's License 3
Applicator's License 6
Private Certification 12
Commercial Certification** 12
**Must receive 12 contact hours in each category.

 

How do I prove that I attended these workshops?

 

You will receive a UMass Extension Certificate of Attendence when you attend these workshops. If you are audited by the Department, you will need to send in these forms.

Are these the only workshops that offer contact hours?

No, there are several groups that sponsor programs which include pesticide recertification training. Check with your professional association.

Does UMass Extension offer any other training?

Yes, we offer training on a variety of topics for all agricultural commodities and green industry. If you would like an access guide to UMass Extension programs, call the Pesticide Education Office at (413) 545-1044.