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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 (413) 545-1044.

Recertification Training Workshop Schedule

Our spring workshop series ended on March 11.  We plan to offer additional workshops for all categories in the Fall of 2022.  Also, we will add workshops offered by other UMass teams when they are scheduled.  Click on the Workshop title for more information. Please make sure that you carefully check that the workshop is appropriate for your category of pesticide license. Many of the Pesticide Recertification Training online workshops use Zoom video conference or GoToWebinar. Contact Natalia Clifton at if have any questions. 


Click on title to Register Date & Time Location Categories Contact Hours
Pesticide Toxicity and Risk Assessment



Online For all categories of MA pesticide licenses 2.0
Spring Kickoff for Woody Ornamentals



Online For Applicator's License, Commercial Category 36 only, Dealer's License, and Private Certification 29 2.0
Spring Kickoff for Turf Topics



Online For Applicator's License, Dealer's License, and Commercial Category 37 only. 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.