Helping People to Obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator / Dealer License
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One of the needs within the agricultural community is pesticide licenses. Anyone applying a restricted use pesticide (pesticide requiring the application by a certified applicator) and/or the application of a pesticide on someone else’s property for pay (commercial pesticide applicator), must have a pesticide license. This is one area that the NC State Extension provides assistance to people to obtain educational materials and provide educational programs to prepare for the test.
On March 8, 2019, the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center conducted a review session for people preparing to take a pesticide license test. On March 13, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Section, the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center hosted a testing site for people to take the required tests. A total of 39 tests were taken by 26 people with over 76 percent of the tests taken passed.
Of the 26 people that took tests, those that passed included 10 commercial pesticide applicators and 6 were private applicators (farmers). By Extension assisting people to obtain their license, they earn professional credentials that are needed for them to keep and/or obtain a job, which for this testing, preserved a total of $310,000 of wages. Also, the information that people must know to obtain their license helps to ensure they are using pesticides in an effective as well as environmentally sound manner.