Pesticide Schools Are Beneficial in Preparing People to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

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One of the areas that the N.C. Cooperative Extension provides educational programs is for people that need pesticide licenses for their jobs so that they are trained in the proper use of pesticides as well as other techniques/tools for managing pests. The Pasquotank Extension Center on August 8 and 9, 2017 conducted a pesticide school jointly with the NC State University Pesticide Safety Education Program and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Section so the attendees could obtain the training they needed as well as to be tested. Nineteen people received the training and 23 were tested.

Of the 23 people that were tested, 11 people were certified for Ornamental and Turf, 1 was certified for Dealer, 2 were certified for Right-of-Way and 1 was certified as a private pesticide applicator. This pesticide school had an overall passing rate of 85%.

As a result of this school, 15 people obtained the credentials necessary for their jobs. The economic impact of this pesticide school to those people that were certified as well as to the region was $434,000.

If you are in need of a commercial pesticide applicator/dealer license or a private pesticide applicator license (for farmers), then take advantage of the pesticide school that is offered in your region. They are convenient, and less costly because of not having to spend money on travel, lodging and meals associated with schools that you have to travel some distance to attend. The Pasquotank County Center conducts a pesticide school each year as well as provides opportunity to just take the test 2 other times of the year. For additional information about how to obtain a commercial pesticide applicator/dealer license or private pesticide applicator license, contact the Pasquotank County Center by calling 252-338-3954.

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2017 Pesticide School conducted jointly by the Pasquotank County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, the NC State University Pesticide Safety Education Program and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Section