Pesticide School & Exam in Avery County April 17-18, 2019

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2019 Pesticide School: April 17-18, 2019 in Newland, NC

pesticide applicator spraying trees in field

This information is provided by the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Avery County office

In order to legally purchase and apply Restricted Use Pesticides, you must be certified and licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We help facilitate this by providing for you a pesticide school in Avery County.

On Wednesday, April 17 the school will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will end approximately at 4 p.m. On Thursday, April 18 the school will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. and will end at noon. The school will be held at The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Avery County Center at Heritage Park, located at 661 Vale Road, Newland, NC 28657.

The school will prepare you to take the test scheduled on the afternoon of Thursday, April 18th at 1 p.m.. In order to attend the school, you MUST register with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Avery County Center at Heritage Park, by calling 828-733-8270 or by visiting the center at 661 Vale Road in Newland, or by visiting the Pesticide Manuals website.

If you need the exam only, you may also register online.

Certification and Licensing

Certification is required for farmers (private applicators) wishing to apply restricted use pesticides to an agricultural commodity. Private applicators are certified for three (3) years and the certification fee is ten dollars($10.00) every three years.

Licensing is required for commercial applicators applying any type of pesticide for compensation, public operators working for a state or local government who apply pesticides in their course of work, dealers selling restricted use pesticides, or pest control consultants making recommendations for pesticide treatment of pest problems. License must be renewed annually and the fee, where applicable, is seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per year. The license year is January – December.

Pesticide Applicators

(A) Commercial Ground Applicators: The North Carolina Pesticide Law of 1971 requires licensing for individuals applying any pesticide for compensation. The applicator is required to pass a certification exam appropriate to the area in which the applicator wishes to work.

(B) Public Ground Operators: Employees of federal, state, county, or municipal governments who apply pesticides in the course of their jobs are certified and licensed in the same manner as commercial applicators. However, no fee is charged for the public operator license and use of the license is restricted to applications made as a government employee. Public utility workers are considered public operators but must pay a fee for their license.

(C) Private Pesticide Applicators: Farmers, or their employees, who use restricted use pesticides in the production of an agricultural commodity, on land that they own or lease, are certified as Private Pesticide Applicators upon passing the North Carolina Private Pesticide Applicator exam and submitting in the appropriate application and fee.

(D) Aerial Applicators: Pesticide applicators who apply pesticides with a plane or helicopter. The aerial applicator is required to pass three exams – the core exam, the aerial methods exam, and one exam in the specialty area in which they will work. The certification period for aerial applicators is two years, with an annual license renewal required.

Pesticide Dealers: Individuals who sell, distribute, hold, or make available for use restricted use pesticides to end users are required to have a Pesticide Dealer’s License.

Pest Control Consultants: Anyone who, for a fee, offers or supplies technical advice, supervision, or recommends the use of pesticides is required to obtain a Pest Control Consultants License. Individuals applying for this license must hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree in a biological or agricultural science, with specific course work relevant to the area of consultation.

To register, please call the Avery office at 828-733-8270, or register online by following the links listed below. The office has a limited number of Pesticide education books that are necessary to successfully pass the exam, and these are loaned out on a first come first serve basis, otherwise you will have to purchase these study items via the website listed below.

Pesticide Manuals

If you have any questions please contact us at 828-733- 8270.

Pesticide School Fees and Examination Fees

Two separate fees will be collected from the participant.

The first fee is the pesticide school totaling $47.00; please make check payable to the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Avery County Service Advisory Board (ACCES Advisory Board).

The second fee is the NCDA&CS examination fee and it must be paid prior to taking the test. The fee schedule is listed below (these fees applies to all test participants regardless of license type):

Core, Dealer, Worker Protection Designated Trainer, Aerial, and Consultant:    $50.00 each

Ornamental and Turf, Right of Way, Forestry, Public
Health, Ag Pest Animal, Pet Grooming, Poultry, Ag Pest Plant, Seed Treatment, Demonstration and Research, Wood Treatment, Regulatory, and Aquatic:       $20.00 each

Private: $10.00

If you are planning to pay with cash, please bring the exact amount for Pesticide School and the examination fee.

If paying by check, remember to make ONE payable to ACCES Advisory Board and the ONE check payable to NCDA&CS.