Pesticide Certification

Pesticide Certification Review Program (Virginia Only)

Each review day focuses on different study manuals.

Wednesday, January 21, 2014    Categories 3A, 3B

Pesticide certification days review the VA Pesticide Manuals for staff working for private retailers and production farms (garden center, forestry, greenhouse, nursery) or for landscape services (city parks, lawn care, landscape maintenance). Virginia pesticide regulations define these types of jobs and assign a specific pesticide category for each.

Thursday, January 22, 2014    Categories 90, 91, 60

  • First-time applicators of production nurseries, greenhouses or sod farms should attend on Thursday to review the Applying Pesticide Correctly manual.  This applies to private categories 90, 91 and registered technicians, commercial category 60.
  • Commercial applicators working in lawn and landscape should attend Wednesday session to review the 3A and 3B manuals.

 

Job Type Pesticide
Category
Private or
Commercial
Study Manual MAHSC Review Day
Experienced
Landscaper
3A
Ornamentals
COMMERCIAL = works on many properties Ornamental Pest Control
Manual #456-223
Wednesday
January 15
Experienced Lawn Care,
Golf, Sports Field
3B
Turfgrass
COMMERCIAL = works on many properties
Turf Pest Control Manual #456-217
Wednesday
January 15
Beginning
Applicator
60
Registered Technician
COMMERCIAL = works on many properties
Applying Pesticides Correctly
Core Manual #456-210
Thursday
January 16
Forestry Grower
90
Food, Forestry Crops
PRIVATE = works on
employer’s property only
Applying Pesticides Correctly
Core Manual #456-210
Thursday
January 16
Greenhouse or
Nursery Grower
91
Ornamental Crops
PRIVATE = works on
employer’s property only
Applying Pesticides Correctly
Core Manual #456-210
Thursday
January 16

 

ORDERING VIRGINIA PESTICIDE STUDY MANUALS

Before attending this or any review class, order, read and study the correct study manuals. Order manuals directly from Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs at (540) 231-1322 or online at http://vtpp.ext.vt.edu.  Study manuals are NOT included in MAHSC registration, but they are available for purchase in our book store. Bring manuals with you to maximize exam preparation in our review classes.

TAKE YOUR VA PESTICIDE EXAMS AT MAHSC

You can take your VA Pesticide exams the old fashioned way: with a proctor, paper, and pencil.  Pesticide exams are also administered at VA DMV offices at a computer kiosk.  No MAHSC registration is required, but you must register with VDACS. MAHSC testing session is Friday, January 17 (8 a.m. – noon).

Commercial Applicators

  • Register with MAHSC for testing
    • Select CORE, 2, 3A, 3B, 5A, 6, 10, 60 on MAHSC registration (VDACS requires you to take the CORE with each category exam, even if you have already passed the Category 60: Registered Technician exam.)
  • Register with VDACS (use the following steps):
    • By December 13, submit application + required fee to: VDACS Office of Pesticide Service (OPS),CLRT Unit, PO Box 526, Richmond, VA 23218-0526. After approval, you will receive a letter authorizing you to take VDACS exams.
    • Registered technicians require 40 hours of education and training administered by a commercial applicator, whose certificate number must be included on the application.
    • Commercial applicators need verification of a minimum of 12 months of pesticide experience or education.
    • Questions: VDACS OPS Unit at 804-786-3798.
  • On test day, bring VDACS authorization letter, photo ID, calculator and pencil. No FAX is available – you must have letter in hand.


Private Applicators

  • Select Private 90, 91 on MAHSC registration form.
  • No pre-approval required from any state agency.
  • Bring a photo ID, calculator and pencil to exam.