There are two classes of commercial certification – supervisory and operational. In addition, farmers and other growers are classified as private applicators.
A commercial operator certificate is required for commercial applicators who actively use pesticides in other than a supervisory capacity. This certification allows the holder to use pesticides only under the direction of a certified supervisor. The operational certificate does not allow the holder to purchase restricted pesticides or to go into business for himself. The operator certification exam is based on a manual entitled Manual for Pesticide Operator’s Certification.
A commercial supervisory certificate is required for commercial applicators who are responsible for deciding whether or not pesticides are to be applied, how they are to be mixed, where they are to be applied, what pesticides are to be used, the dosage and timing involved in the pesticide use and the methods of application and precautions to be taken in the use of such pesticides. The supervisory certificate allows the certificate holder to purchase restricted-use pesticides from a registered dealer. In addition to questions in the particular specialty, each of the examinations contains a number of questions on basic pesticide safety and handling.
A private applicator certificate must be obtained by a farmer in order to purchase and use restricted-use pesticides on agricultural crops. Only one certificate per farm is needed.
Classes and Conferences
Most pesticide-related conferences and classes are held between October and March.
General recertification sessions for all applicators are held in Norwich or Brooklyn on alternating years and Vernon and Torrington every year. A schedule of all other known recertification meetings is posted by mid-September each year.
An Ornamental and Turf Short Course is held in three locations each fall and winter. This course is an in-depth review of the the material necessary for passing the Ornamental and Turf/Golf Course Superintendent’s State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Certification exam.
The nine-week session meets one day a week for three hours. On the last day of class the DEEP administers the state certification exam. Classes begin in mid-October in North Haven (10 AM – 1 PM); in early January in West Hartford (1 – 4 PM) and East Haven (9 AM – Noon). Call 860-570-9010 to register for for North Haven and West Hartford or East Haven Landscaping ( #?) for the East Haven class.
Cost for the class averages $385, including some books. This does NOT included the required Pesticide Applicator Training Manual (the “Core Manual”) which costs $38.00. The state certification exam costs $200.
To be placed on the mailing list for class announcements, or for more information, call 860-409-9067 and ask to be placed on the Ornamental and Turf Short Course mailing list.
Ornamental and Turf Short Course
The Ornamental & Turf/Golf Course Superintendents Short Course, an in-depth review of the the material necessary for passing the Ornamental and Turf/Golf Course Superintendent’s State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Certification exam. Classes will begin in early January.
The nine-week session meets on Tuesdays from 1 – 4 PM. at the UConn Hartford County Extension Center. A student who attends all lectures and independently studies the material outside of class should be ready to pass both the written and oral exams associated with the certification.
Cost for the class averages $385. This does NOT included the required Pesticide Applicator Training Manual (the “Core Manual”) which costs $35.00 and the recommended, Ornamental and Turf Manual – Category 3, is $35.00
The state licensing written exam is offered after the classes finish. An additional fee of $200 is payable to CT DEEP at the time of the exam. Those who pass the written exam will then be scheduled for a 20-minute oral exam. There is no fee or oral exam for government employees who will use the certificate only for their employment.
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS – First come, first serve. To receive registration information via email please call the Extension office at 860-409-9067 and sign-up.
Purchase a Pesticide Applicator CORE Manual
The Pesticide Applicator CORE Manual can help you prepare for certification. It is also referred to as the 3a and 3b manual. You can purchase a copy online for $44.