MDARD in-person core testing and core review offered in Oakland County

Participants will review the core manual and take the pesticide applicator test on May 31 in Pontiac, Michigan. Private and commercial core and the fumigation, aerial standard tests will be available.

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Photo by Saltanat Mambetova, MSU Extension

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), in conjunction with Michigan State University Extension and the Oakland County Extension Office, will be offering an in-person pesticide applicator testing and core review on May 31, 2024, at the Oakland County EOB Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Bldg 41W, Pontiac MI 48328. Parking is available at the Oakland County EOB Conference Center. You can register online at MDARD In-Person Core Testing and Core Review or call the Oakland County Extension Office at 248-858-0880 for the core review and test. We recommend participants read and study the core manual before attending the review. Core manual copies may be ordered from the National Pesticide Safety Education Center.

Test day

Registration starts at 8 a.m. on May 31 with a review class beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register online prior to the event due to space limitations. Walk-ins will be acceptable until the capacity of the room allows. If registering online, participants will be able to pay with a credit card. Walk-ins must pay with exact cash or a check payable to Michigan State University.

Local Michigan State University Extension educators David Lowenstein, Derek Plotkowski, Christopher Galbraith and Teresa Crook will lead the mandatory four-hour review from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The review covers all the chapters in the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. A light lunch will be provided after the review. MDARD will start testing approximately at 1 p.m. 


There are two separate fees for the mandatory core review and the applicator testing. The cost of the review is $15, and payment can be made online at registration, with exact cash on the day of the event, or by check payable to Michigan State University.

The fee for applicator testing varies by the certification and is not collected on the day of the testing, but mailed to MDARD after your core test is passed. The private applicator certification fee is $50, the commercial applicator certification fee is $75 and the registered applicator certification fee is $45. Only checks payable to the State of Michigan are acceptable payments. Postage paid envelopes will be provided to send certification payment to MDARD at the event. Cash or credit card payments are not accepted. Private applicator fees can be waived for Military Veterans if a copy of their DD214 is provided.

Register for the MDARD In-Person Core Testing and Core Review in Oakland County

For more information or questions, contact David Lowenstein, Derek Plotkowski, Christopher Galbraith or Teresa Crook.

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