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

Attend a pre-exam study session this winter if seeking state pesticide applicator certification or recertification credits.

Michigan State University Extension is offering three pre-exam study sessions in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for those seeking State of Michigan pesticide applicator certification or recertification credits.

Locations and dates

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Chatham
Pre-exam: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exam: 1:15 p.m. EST
MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI 49816

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Negaunee
Pre-exam: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exam: 1:15 p.m. EST
Marquette County Negaunee Service Center (downstairs meeting room)
184 US 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Escanaba
Pre-exam: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST
State exam: 1:15 p.m. EST
State Office Building (2nd floor conference room)
305 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829

These 4-hour reviews are intended to help prepare for the State of Michigan commercial and private pesticide applicator certification exams. Four re-certification credits toward renewal of current State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification are available for private applicators and commercial applicator core, 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, 3A, 3B and 6 categories.

The program will consist of chapter reviews of the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and an example exam. It is strongly suggested participants acquire copies of the manual and study it thoroughly before taking the state exam. If seeking commercial certification or re-certification, the study manual for the categories desired should also be acquired and studied. This program will cover only core manual material, no commercial categories.

Please note that several other state exam opportunities are offered in the U.P. without pre-exam study sessions. Check exam dates by entering as a guest at Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) 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 MDARD's 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 15-minute break is scheduled between the review and the exams for participants to have lunch. If taking an exam, bring your own lunch or plan for a very quick lunch break.

A $20 fee, payable at the door, is required for the review. If paying by check, make check out to Michigan State University Extension. This fee covers program costs and refreshments. This is a separate fee from the State of Michigan exam fee.

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

For more information, contact Jim Isleib, MSU Extension, 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 MDARD's Pesticide Applicator Certification page.

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