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Private pesticide applicator recertification workshops offered

Crop producers who use restricted use pesticides have several options to gain certification.

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WORTHINGTON — Individuals who plan to use a Restricted Use Pesticide on land or sites for the production of agricultural commodities, reside in the state of Minnesota, and have a private pesticide applicator certificate that expires on March 1 must renew certification. Certification status can be checked at: https://z.umn.edu/PPAlookupMDA .

While there are several options to recertify in 2022, the cost is the same ($75) regardless of the option you choose.

Option 1: Attend an in-person workshop. Workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide you with the latest University research on integrated pest management. Recertification workshops scheduled for southwest Minnesota include (complete list at www.pat.umn.edu):

  • Jan 27: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Pipestone, Room 103. Face mask required.
  • Jan 28: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Murray County 4-H Building, Slayton.
  • Feb 14: 12:30 to 4 p.m., American Legion, Jackson.
  • Feb 22: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Worthington Event Center, Worthington.
  • Feb 23: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. Face mask required.

Attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well. You must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.
Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is available up to three days prior to the event at pat.umn.edu (be sure to note cancellation policies). Check-in will start 30 minutes prior to the posted start time. For walk-ins, payment will be collected by check only.

Option 2: Take an online, self-paced Canvas Course, working through educational modules at your own pace. This course must be finished by Feb. 28. Register at pat.umn.edu under the “Self-paced course” section.

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Option 3: Take the exam online at pat.umn.edu and click on the “Exams” section. The manual (19th edition), which helps with the test, is available at no cost online.

Option 4: Take the mail-in written exam by picking up a test packet at most county Extension Offices or by contacting the Worthington Regional Extension Office (507) 372-3900, Ext 3901. You may also request a hard copy of the manual ($10) to help with the test.

Option 5: Attend a live, online Zoom workshop (Feb 24, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; or Feb 25, 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m.). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. See more details at pat.umn.edu.

Successful completion of any of these options will renew certification for three years.

These workshops are separate from the additional, annual training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans. Check the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association website at
for more information regarding these sessions. If you plan to apply Paraquat, see https://z.umn.edu/paraquat for more details on additional training requirements as well.

Individuals who have never been certified or whose certification has expired must take the test either online or by the mail-in option to receive certification. After successfully becoming certified, you will be eligible for recertification options when it is time to renew in three years.

Related Topics: AGRICULTURE
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