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This database is hosted by the Pesticide Sales and Use Reporting Group for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
In New York State, certified pesticide applicators must be recertified in each pesticide category or subcategory every three years. Recertification can be achieved by accumulating the number of continuing education credits required for each category/subcategory.
Continuing education credits must consist of at least 25 percent category-specific training for each category of certification. Private applicators and commercial permit applicators on a five- or six-year recertification cycle must obtain their continuing education credits in more than one calendar year. Commercial applicators on a three-year recertification cycle may obtain all continuing education credits in a single year. Individuals certified in the regulatory and demonstration categories are excluded from 25% category-specific requirement.
It is the responsibility of each certified commercial pesticide applicator to find and attend recertification courses to obtain continuing education credits. Knowing when and where courses are offered is very important to the certified applicator. Because of the diversity of course sponsors, locations, content, and other factors, it is difficult for applicators to be in the “know.” However, this problem is being addressed on the World Wide Web by the Pesticide Training Course Database.
The Pesticide Training Course Database is a “warehouse” for pesticide applicator courses. The information for this listing originates with the course sponsor. The sponsor completes a course sponsorship application and submits it to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for approval. After approval, a course description is sent to the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University where it is loaded into this database. More information can be found on the Course Sponsor page.
Information related to Certification Categories and Credit Requirements is available at the DEC web site.
Comments on the Pesticide Training Course Database should be sent to the PMEP Webmaster.