View Full Version : R U Certified?

01-11-2004, 08:55 PM
How many of you are certified pesticide apps?if so how long have you been doing it?Whats the most difficult aspect of your business?

01-11-2004, 09:26 PM
R U Certified?

Nope! We sub it all out. Too much of a PITA for me. Between insurance, classes, credits,cert app. lic., cert bus. lic., re-cert., DEC regulations, just not worth it for me. I tend to go after other markets instead. I have thought about it many times, but I really don't want to get involved with that aspect of the business. :cool:

01-11-2004, 09:37 PM
Yep. We are certified.

Randy Scott
01-11-2004, 09:50 PM
4 years.
Learning what a stand of turf actually needs to be healthy. Diagnosing and foreseeing future problems. Knowing insect life-cycles. Any moron can apply a product. Knowing when, what and why is the difficult part. It's more than just passing a test. Will take some field time to really get some knowledge and sense of feel for it, but it certainly has much higher profit margins than driving a lawn mower around all day.

Also, every state has different rules and regulations.

01-11-2004, 10:45 PM
yup fully certified here

01-11-2004, 10:52 PM
certified for 20 years this coming spring.

01-11-2004, 11:22 PM
In the process. In Maryland you need 3 classes; Turf Management, Diseases and Pests of Ornamentals, Pesticide Safety and Controls. I'll be done in 9 weeks and able to apply for license exam.

01-11-2004, 11:29 PM
yes fully certified. Takes $, testing, and experience hours.
Great to learn the why's and how's.
Keeps the competitors from turning you in for spraying curb lines with RoundUp. That happens a lot here.

01-11-2004, 11:32 PM
Yes I'm am certified. Have to renew my license next month.

01-11-2004, 11:46 PM
Yes...going into my second year....should of done this sooner

DFW Area Landscaper
01-12-2004, 12:14 AM
Yep. Certified. Fert & Weed control made up about 10% of my sales in '03. It's also nice being able to do some work applying the winter apps in December & February.

DFW Area Landscaper

01-12-2004, 12:16 AM
Certified and can't count how long anymore, lol. Hard part to me is when going on a condo type complex and explaining to people what I'm doing and also the records for appls, very time consuming.

01-12-2004, 12:20 AM

01-12-2004, 12:35 AM
I certified. Yes it can be a pain in the a** at times keeping up with the certifications ( I actually have a conference 3 days this week). But its well worth it...one of my most profitable services I offer.

01-12-2004, 12:40 AM
I will be taking the test tuesday(1/13) at 1:00pm. Right now I'm taking a break from my book. I've been reviewing all weekend.

01-12-2004, 12:59 AM
yes and been for a long time, but not gonna bother doing apps anymore, just sub them out. I feel like paponte does, not worth the trouble and I can make more $$ in other aspects of the biz.


01-12-2004, 07:57 AM
Nope....I sub it out....with time being a big issue with me (FT job) I can't justify the expense of maintaining and operating a spray unit with my limited # of accounts. I am considering taking the test just for light non selective herbicides. (sidewalk cracks and stuff like that) If I could find the right helper, I would definitely go for the certification.

01-12-2004, 08:19 AM
cant get one in fl without working for someone for 3 yrs so I can only spray roundup and shrubs.

01-12-2004, 09:35 AM
I have a limited pesticide applicators license. It lets me spray anything with a caution lable on it.

01-12-2004, 09:37 AM
We sub it out...

01-12-2004, 12:03 PM
Certified for 13 years. Hardest part of the job is post emergence weed control.