i just read that article on the tree co.that got smacked with the big fine.here in jersey anyone can take the test and get certified.you can either take classes -credit (for extra$$$$$) or re-take the test in 5 yrs.the test costs $$,the yearly extortion fee (oops! i meant license) costs $75.00 each one. one for the business one for the operator,and i have to pay more $$$$ on my insurance policy.(all this to try to compete with chemlawn).it seems that they have a new person in charge now who's trying to make a name or something for themself and has been calling all the landscapers in the area for an inspection.i've even heard of one guy getting a fine for carrying a can of wasp spray in his truck! they've also been going around and knocking on doors if they see a flag on a lawn and want to know who put it there etc. I have a REAL problem with an agency that under the guise of "protection" wants to extort all the hard working landscapers who have to pay all this money just to apply some TRIMEC, when the average joe idiot homeowner who doesn't know the first thing about pesticides is the one they should be going after.if they were really concerned for the general publics "safety", they would pull ALL the stuff off the shelves at the local home depot.(not just the DURSBAN) and the only ones that would be able to buy the chemicals are the pro's. ANYONE AGREE??