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Pesticide and Turf Management Classes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dhicks, Aug 27, 2000.

  1. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    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…
     
  2. If you have a license from another state say like PA or NJ
    do you still have to go to school?
     
  3. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    If you are licensed in another state, I believe that you can sit for the test since you are already licensed.
     
  4. sunrise

    sunrise Banned
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    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
     
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    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. ;)
     
  6. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    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.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    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.
     
  9. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 268

    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.
     
  10. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    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.
     

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