Review sessions in Upper Peninsula with exams for state certified pesticide applicators

Pre-exam study sessions offered during winter 2019-2020 for those seeking state pesticide applicator certification or recertification credits.

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Michigan State University Extension is offering pre-exam study sessions in five Upper Peninsula locations to help prepare for the State of Michigan commercial and private pesticide applicator certification exams. Four recertification credits toward renewal of current State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification are available for private applicator core, commercial applicator core and categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, 3A, 3B and 6.

Locations and dates:

Bay Mills Community College – Adikameg Hall
12214 W. Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, MI 49715
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exam offered at 1 p.m. EST 

MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exam offered at 1 p.m. EST 

State Office Building
305 Ludington St, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Escanaba, MI 49829
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exams offered at 1 p.m. EST 

MSU Extension Office, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties
1500 Birch Street
Hancock, MI 49930
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exams offered at 1 p.m. EST 

Marquette County Negaunee Service Center (downstairs meeting room)
184 US 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exams offered at 1 p.m. EST

These four-hour reviews will consist of chapter reviews of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and a practice exam. Participants should acquire copies of the core manual through the National Pesticide Safety Education Center and study it thoroughly before taking the state exam. If seeking commercial certification or recertification, the study manual for the category(s) desired should also be acquired and studied. This program will cover only core manual material, no commercial categories.

Please note that several other state pesticide applicator exam opportunities are offered in the Upper Peninsula without pre-exam study sessions. Check exam dates by entering as a guest at Michigan Online Pesticide Exam Scheduling.

A State of Michigan official will offer state exams after the review is completed. If you plan to take an exam, register at Michigan Online Pesticide Exam Scheduling and be prepared to pay $50 for the private exam and $75 for the commercial exam (including any number of categories) by check payable to "State of Michigan.”

A waiver from the State of Michigan is offered to honorably discharged veterans seeking private pesticide applicator certification. You must provide a copy of your veteran’s federal form DD-214 that indicates honorable discharge status along with your application.

Refreshments will be available, but lunch will not be provided.

A $20 fee, payable at the door, is required for the pre-exam review offered by MSU Extension. If paying by check, make check out to "Michigan State University Extension.” This fee covers program costs and refreshments. (Note: This is a separate fee from the State of Michigan exam fee).

The core manual and other study materials can be purchased online at the National Pesticide Safety Education Center or ordered through your local county MSU Extension office.

For more information, contact Jim Isleib at 906-387-2530 or Additional information regarding registration for State of Michigan pesticide applicator exams and additional training programs for pesticide applicators is available on the Pesticide Applicator Certification Process website through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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