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Two pesticide applicator certification sessions offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:59

Two pesticide applicator certification sessions will be held Thursday, Feb. 16. One will be held in Burlington while the other will be in Flagler.

Currently, there are two groups of agricultural pesticide applicators who are required to be licensed with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). Licenses are divided into private applicators and commercial applicators.

Private applicators are those producers who apply pesticides on the land they farm (owned or rented). As the Colorado statutes are written, private applicators may not apply pesticides for a fee to anyone or they will be classified as commercial applicators. In addition, private applicators only need to be licensed to apply restricted-use pesticides. Non restricted-use pesticides do not require a license to purchase.

Commercial applicators are those who apply pesticides for a fee, regardless of the type of pesticide.

Both private and commercial applicators must be licensed before they can purchase restricted-use pesticides. Keep in mind the old EPA pesticide licenses are valid in Colorado only until they expire. Therefore, applicators that hold the old cards will need to take the new CDA test to become current.

Anybody can order a test directly from the CDA or stop in at one of the Colorado State University Extension offices, as many offices continue to carry them. In addition, some agricultural retailers also have tests available.

Once licensed, applicators can either collect continuing education credits (CEC) or retake the test when renewal is required. Private applicators need seven CECs within a three year period in order to renew their license without testing. Commercial applicators need not only the seven “core” CEDs but also additional category credits.

Colorado State University Extension is planning to host two private pesticide applicator’s recertification sessions in February. The events will take place Thursday, Feb. 16. These sessions will provide all seven private pesticide applicator credits needed to recertify private applicator licenses.

In addition, these also will fulfill the seven “core” commercial applicator credits required for commercial applicators. Following recertification, licenses are valid for an additional three years. Without recertification, private applicators will need to re-take the Private Applicators Exam from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Private applicator certification is required for those pesticide applicators who purchase restricted-use pesticides. Specialists from Colorado State University will be hosting these trainings.

The first session will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Burlington Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to approximately noon. No lunch is planned. Pre-registration can be accomplished by calling the office at 719-346-5571 to reserve a place.

The second session will be held on the afternoon of Feb. 16 at Flagler Aerial Spraying in Flagler from 2-5:30 p.m. This session will offer the same credits as the morning session. Pre-registration and walk-in registration will be the same for this site, as well.

 

Holyoke Enterprise January 26, 2012