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Pesticide Recertification Training Workshops

UMass Extension conducts pesticide recertification training workshops throughout the year but primarily from February-April. 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.

If you are currently a licensed or certified pesticide applicator you will receive a list of these workshops at the beginning of February. In addition, UMass Extension sponsors and cosponsored other workshops that are appropriate for contact hours. 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

Pesticide Recertification Training online workshops use Zoom video conference. Please contact Natalia Clifton at if have any questions. 

UMass Extension offers a few workshops in the summer for contact hours. We held 10 workshops in February and March and an three workshops in June. Below is a list of the current workshops Click on the title link for information and registration information. We will add workshops as they are scheduled.

Click on title to Register Date & Time Location Categories Contact Hours
2021 UMass Turf Research Field Day


7:45-10:15 am

UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center, South Deerfield, MA For Applicator's License and Commercial categories 37 and 49 only 1.5



Links to Workshop Information

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.

When do I have to get my contact hours?

Please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources website for the current policy.

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.