R U Certified?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by workaholic, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    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?
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    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:
  3. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Yep. We are certified.
  4. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    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.
  5. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    yup fully certified here
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    certified for 20 years this coming spring.
  7. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    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.
  8. mowinmoney

    mowinmoney LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 70

    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.
  9. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    Yes I'm am certified. Have to renew my license next month.
  10. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yes...going into my second year....should of done this sooner

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