Off to another winter class!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by RABBITMAN11, Dec 7, 2010.


    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    Off to the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation class here in Indy. Anyone going?
    Need 5 more credits. Sometimes it would be a whole lot cheaper just to take the test again.
  2. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,160

    When they raised the number of credits needed,and lowered the number given per event. I decided to stop going and retest.Also the last IPLA event I attended the speaker was a no show and the state chemist gave no CCH's after the IPLA said we would receive credit.Sucks to retest but I feel the CCH's are a rip off.
  3. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 933

    I always heard the retest was alot harder so I normally keep up the credits.

    Am going to the winter workshop next week.
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    This Thursday will mark 3 Thursdays in a row I have been to a CEU Class of some type . OF COURSE I ALWAYS PRE REGISTER. I already have more than enough CEU for next years License Renewal. This Seminar is on Aquatic Weed and Algae Control.

    Unbelievable BUT Under Florida Pesticide Law you don't need a license to spray Aquatic Weeds. However The Water management District and the EPA require a ton of paperwork in order to get permits for Aquatic Weed Control. BTW They want a Certified Aquatic License to issue a permit. It is that new required Paper work that I hope to learn all the inn's and outs of. Three Years ago I got a permit for Grass Carp on line, printing the permit right then. a few months ago I applied for the same permit on the same pond to restock, and had to get an act of congress to get a permit that took over a month. BTW Limited Licensed Yard Boys shouldn't over look the additional profit of Detention and Retention areas with the Aquatic License. Most Commercial properties have some form of Aquatic area.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,192

    To go to a recert course here and here would be a pain.
    Here in MN, we can attend the MN Green Expo and get full recert in 1 day. It's a long day's worth, but good to get it done without piecing things together.
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    With all the Free or Cheap CEU on line no one should be worried about re-certifying unless they have their Head where the Sun doesn't shine. Florida BEPC list most of those providers on their website. I have seen other states do the same.
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,942

    I hear ya buddy. My guys would rather "retest" once a year compared to attending a video link several times each year. (for several obvious reasons)

    We recently sent several applicators to a re-certification course. Basically, most of our company "shut down" for the entire afternoon, yet we carefully planned for it. You already know that when we showed up, we were "turned away" with no notice whatsoever. Seems our extension office failed to notify folks that the "event was canceled".

    Okay.......then we "pre-registered" for the "next go-around". This way, we would be able to be notified if "they cancel the next one". As of now, at least two of my guys will be out of state. They are unable to attend. Yet we prepaid. Hummmmm

    Our prob is we run a successful business (as you know), so we need to be able to take care of our customers while carefully planning. Shutting our business down for a half day is just plain stupid. (my opinion :confused:)

    Dec 10 is when we "hope" the event will happen. Dec 11 = plowing snow. That's playing it close. How 'bout the guys out of state who cannot attend?

    OUR 2 cents :hammerhead:

  8. MnLefty

    MnLefty LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Our test here is too easy... I'll prefer to just re-test rather than sit through some of the same dry recert courses that I attended in the early 2000's while I was a golf course applicator. I just got back in the game this year, so I retested this past January and scored a bit over 90 without ever cracking a book. I'll hit the Green Expo for a few classes that can hold my interest, but the full day recert is not happening for me.
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    I was hoping to make it to the Texas A & M turfgrass short course in Jan., but for the price of 625 for the course and 5 nights of hotels and eats, I guess I will save my money.
  10. jasontimm

    jasontimm LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 362

    I hit the re-cert in Rochester this past october of this year, and it was a great day for class, heavy rain and cold, i got lucky not to loose a day of work, or have to worry about snow!! good for two more years. Re-test? na, it takes a day to drive to MPLS and re-test, besides, i usually learn something new in class.

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