Pesticide Recertification

To maintain pesticide applicator certification, most states require you to attend a fully-approved, category-specific recertification session every two years. MAHSC has designed a program that allows you to receive your pesticide recertification for several states and categories all in one day. We are pending  approval by MD, NC, VA plus the District of Columbia for recertification approval. Here are a list of classes for Pesticide Recertification Day 2017.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 am

Update on New Insects of Landscapes and Dwellings.
Eric Day, Manager, VTech Insect ID Lab

Hear from Virginia’s front-line entomologist what bugs have been active in trees, shrubs, ponds, production nurseries and in our turfgrass. Eric will also update us on the pests that drive every one crazy – starting with Bed Bugs, Ticks and Mosquitos. Stop scratching and start listening to learn proper insect ID, thresholds for treatment and effective control measures for the bothersome insect pests.

9:15 – 10:15 am

Ornamental and Turf Disease In The Mid-Atlantic Region; What’s New, What’s Not.
Mike Likins, County Agent, VA Cooperative Extension, Chesterfield

This course offers a review of some recurring ornamental and turf disease problems as well a look at some new and emerging diseases of concern. Recognition and management strategies will be emphasized.

10:30 -11:30 am

VDACS & Legal Update
Rohan Williams, Compliance Manager, VDACS Office of Pesticide Services
Clint Shettle, Supervisor, Enforcement & Field Operations, VDACS OPS  

What’s new in pesticide regulations? How will these changes alter your day to day pest management strategy? Hear the latest from our state pesticide authority with updates coming down from federal departments in the EPA.

11:30 am         LUNCH Grab & Stay

Box Lunch included for Recertification Attendees.

Category 8 Applicators

11:30 – 11:45 am

Collect lunches in: Jefferson Foyer

11:45 – 12:30 pm             Jefferson Amphitheatre Stage   Category 8 MANDATORY

Rodent Round Up!
Eric Stormer, US Navy Department

Rats and mice are everywhere in the urban environment. Learn the difference in rat and mouse species and how they behave. All the better to know to control these human disease vectors and to avoid the plagues of history.

All other categories

11:30 – 12:00 noon –  Collect lunches in VA Ballroom Foyer

12:15 – 12:45 pm            VA Ballroom Stage

The Latest Buzz re: Pollinator
Keith Tignor, Apiarist, VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services

Honey bees have been an essential part of agriculture in North America since their introduction in the early 1600s. Production of honey is the most widely viewed benefit of honey bees. However, their value as pollinators far exceeds honey production. In the past 5 years, public awareness of bees and pollinators has skyrocketed. Hear the official BUZZ on all things bees in Virginia – including how the horticulture industry affects pollinators & how populist pollinator perception affects the horticulture industry.

ALL CATEGORIES return to VA Ballroom Stage

12:45 – 1:15 pm

Weed Watch & Control Option
Dave Lawson, Branch Manager, Landscape Supply

Weeds – everyone hates them! Whether floating in the irrigation pond, sprouting tall in the annual bed or blotching up the 3rd fairway, these plants are pests and need to be dealt with successfully- the first time. Hear the latest in pre-emergent application, in season treatments & new products available for putting your weed issues out to pasture.

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Diagnosing Plant Stress Using Leaf Color & Size Changes
Linda Chalker-Scott; Urban Horticulture Specialist, Washington State University

Accurate diagnosis of plant stress is crucial in avoiding the misuse of fertilizers and pesticides. This seminar will explain how leaf color and size can change as a result of common environmental stresses and suggest nonchemical treatments.

2:45 – 3:45 pm

Crimes Against Horticulture: When Bad Choices Mean the Plant Police Get Called In!
Billy Goodnick; Landscape Architect, Santa Barbara, CA

Join the force – you know these “crimes” when you see them: crape murder, mulch volcanoes, shrubs tortured into hockey pucks. They aren’t just visually creepy, they’re bad horticulture. Learn the root causes of these misdeeds and how smart design and enlightened maintenance practices can keep you from becoming a serial offender. Save yourself from a life of crime by choosing the best plants & maintaining them well. “Most Wanted” landscapers will be named & shamed – don’t be on the “most wanted” list!

4:00 pm– Paperwork collection and validation