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Certification Information

ALL commercial certified pesticide applicators are required to accumulate credit hours if recertifying through training.

In Kansas, there are two ways to receive training for renewal certification: 1) study a manual and pass an examination and 2) attend training courses approved by the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture for required recertification credit hour (CEU) accumulation. All applicators must now accumulate the necessary credit hours required for the appropriate category/subcategory in which they are certified. If you have not accumulated the required number of credit hours (1 core hour and either 3, 5 or 7 pest management hours) and paid the certification fee ($50 per category certified in) to the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) by the expiration of your current certification, you must re-exam to obtain certification.

This booklet describes approved training courses for COMPLETE RECERTIFICATION RENEWAL. Due to the nature of this extension training program, it is impossible to fit all required pest management hours into a 2.5-day training session for all categories/subcategories. If you cannot complete all credit hours required for 2014 certification expiration, it is recommended you take the exam. Afterward, begin accumulating credit hours for your 2015 thru 2017 recertification expirations.

NOTE: Non-certified employees and others are welcome to attend for the value of the training and must pay the necessary program fees. BUT, you must realize that certified applicators will be given priority if meeting room capacities are exceeded.

Please check your records (pocket card and/or certificate) to verify the expiration date. If your card expires December 31, 2014 and you have a record of attending a K-State sponsored renewal training course during 2012 or later, you may already have met PARTIAL or all renewal requirements. If your card expires after 2014, you may plan to attend now to begin accumulating credit hours. If your card was newly issued in 2013 or 2014, you may plan to attend this training course for credit hours or begin accumulating the appropriate credit hours elsewhere. NOTE: Renewal training meetings in some categories are also available from sessions sponsored by local county extension offices, various trade associations or industry groups. Scheduling for these training opportunities is available through the KDA Pesticide Program. (You CANNOT add categories/subcategories without completing the exam.) See the current listing of approved programs scheduled for “Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs.”

The alternative renewal certification method for all categories and subcategories is to obtain the appropriate manuals and take the examination. If all continuing credit hour requirements are not met, all exams must be retaken (general plus categories/subcategories). Manuals and examinations are available all year and, in most cases, the examinations are offered locally by the KDA. See your local county extension office for the KDA examination schedule and information on ordering commercial applicator manuals.

Program Mechanics

All attendees whose certification expires in 2014 must already have attended or plan to attend the core hour, plus category/subcategory sessions to fulfill their pest management credit hour requirements.

Categories/subcategories have been grouped to accommodate, as well as possible, closely-related categories/subcategories. Applicators must attend the sessions that cover their specific categories/subcategories.

The core hour must only be attended once per three-year certification period.

Some applicators are certified in many categories/subcategories, which may result in conflicts due to concurrent group training sessions. In such cases, it may be possible for the applicator to attend the needed category/subcategory at an alternate location.

Category 10 applicators must attend the core hour and the category/subcategory sessions that apply to the applicator's research and/or demonstration. There is no specific category 10 training.

For all applicator recertification renewals, please refer to the lists below for the number of credit hours to be accumulated by your category/subcategory to complete certification requirements.

Each applicator must retain receipt of attendance at recertification programs offering credit hours as proof of credit hours accumulated. A certificate will be stamped upon completion of each break-out session and core hour as “proof” of attendance at each certification meeting site.

Re-Certification Requirements

Four Credits Six Credits Eight Credits
1 core credit and 3 pest management credits 1 core credit and 5 pest management credits 1 core credit and 7 pest management credits
1D - Cut Stump Treatment 1B - Agricultural Animal 1A - Agricultural Plant
4 - Seed Treatment 1C - Wildlife Damage 3A - Ornamental
5S - Sewer Root 2 - Forest 3B - Turf
7F - Wood Preservation 3C - Interior Landscape 6 - Right-of-Way
  5 - Aquatic 7A - Wood Destroying
    7B - Stored Products
    7C - Industrial Weed
    7D - Health Related
    7E - Structural
    8 - Public Health
    9A - Noxious Weed
    9B - Regulated
    10 Demonstration and Research

Important Information Notice

All certified applicators were sent a Training Status Report in late September from the Kansas Department of Agriculture which showed the number of training hours earned.

Certified applicators whose certification is scheduled to expire December 31, 2014 will be sent a Renewal Application around mid-September from the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

All requirements for renewal must be completed by December 31, 2014 or your certification will expire.

If you have questions regarding the renewal requirements, please call the Kansas Department of Agriculture at 785-564-6735.

For information regarding this program, please call:

Registration, 785-532-5569, to register for this program or for special needs requests.

Register online.

Kansas State University Pesticide Program: Call 620-241-1523 and ask for Frannie Miller regarding the training.