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Pesticide Recertification Training Workshops

UMass Extension Pesticide Education conducts pesticide recertification training workshops in Winter and Fall. 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

Recertification Training Workshop Schedule

The UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program will post additional workshops for all categories of pesticide licenses in Fall 2024.  Below are links to other UMass Extension teams that offer workshops.  However, these workshops are approved for only specific kinds of pesticide licenses.

Click on title to Register Date & Time Location Categories Contact Hours
Conifer Diseases Walk 6/4/24 5-7pm Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA Approved for Applicators License, Private Category 29 and Commercial Categories 35,36,&40 only 2.0
Our other Extension Teams periodly have workshops that offer pesticide contact hours.  However, these workshops are not approved for all categories.  It is your responsibility to attend sessions that are approved for your particular pesticide license.  Link to our other teams are below        
UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry  for categories 36, 29 and applicators only and sometimes other categories        
UMass Extension Turf Team  for category 37 and Applicator license only        
UMass Extension Vegetable team for farmers only        
UMass Extension Fruit team   for farmers only        
UMass Extension Floriculture team  for farmers only        
UMass Extension Cranberry  for cranberry growers only        
Massachusetts Dept of Agricultural Resources Pesticides Program approved workshops  -  various pesticide licenses        

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. You are responsible for holding onto these forms and uploading the forms to your state license ePLACE Portal during pesticide license renewal time.

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, contact the Pesticide Education Office at