View Full Version : Pesticide and Turf Management Classes

08-27-2000, 06:58 PM
Wish me luck on August 31 as I start my edumacation in Pesticide Applications, Safety and Handling Course. Then in January, I start Turf Grass Management, which has a two-hour lab, then Ornamental Identification, Disease, and Curative Practices. It’s been a longtime since the Greenscapester has been in a classroom. My wife is dying to pack my lunch and dress me for the first day class (yuck). I would prefer to take the State test and be done with my pesticide license but in Maryland all the hoopla is necessary for a pesticide license even to use a little Round-Up. Oh well…

lawrence stone
08-27-2000, 07:23 PM
If you have a license from another state say like PA or NJ
do you still have to go to school?

08-27-2000, 07:39 PM
If you are licensed in another state, I believe that you can sit for the test since you are already licensed.

08-27-2000, 10:14 PM
I am lic. in va and they let me have a lic for md wiyhout a test. I just had to go by there rules wind vain, informing resident of spraying ect.
that was 5 years ago it may have changed.
good luck

08-28-2000, 08:42 AM
Good Luck on the 31'st.

Make sure you eat all of your Lucky Charms in the morning and don't stay up too late on the 30'th. ;)

08-31-2000, 11:19 PM
Lawrence: According to the prof. tonight, all you would need to do is write a check to the Socialist Republic of Maryland. PA, MD, D.C. and VA have an agreement to honor each others states certification process providing you have filed a formal application with the fees.

lawrence stone
09-01-2000, 12:00 AM
Well then maybe the SMART thing to do when your home state
requires 3 years exp. is to get a PA license (no exp. required)and then apply
for your home state license by showing a valid PA license.

Just a thought.

You can take the test in the NE region AG office every
working monday by just showing up and paying the fees (small). They will let you know in about a week if you are a card carrying member.

09-01-2000, 12:50 AM
The prep course and test will be given in Northern VA on Dec. 4 - 7. This is being conducted by the county extension agents. Also, those needing recertification can attend a re-cert. day in mid January. Let me know if you want more info.

09-01-2000, 08:46 PM
MD sounds like they're on the ball, might be a somewhat difficult test. In Va it was so easy i couldn't believe it, if you can read a little you could pass VA's test. Scary to think about all the boneheads out there sraying chemicals in the neighborhood. After studying the manuals here for about a month with all that technical bs i was a little worried, not one technical question on the test though.

09-03-2000, 12:18 PM
The prof. talked about how MD Dept. of Agriculture and State Police will follow landscapes vehicles and then check for a license once you have started a fertilizer or pesticide application. The fines in Maryland for violators are steep. He also talked about the 12 categories of pesticide licensure such as for turf grass, ornamentals, retail sales, consulting, etc.

Some of the classes will be at Davey Tree Co. There we will learn how to dispose unused applications. Also, I learned that our local Lesco dealer would hold unused application material for a few days rather than taking it home.

We went though a few sample questions from past state examinations and the questions we rather easy. There are a few questions that require calculations on the state test. All in all, the class is great.