PDA Analyzes Proposed Changes in Pesticide Certification Requirements
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has developed materials comparing changes proposed by EPA in the pesticide applicator licensing program.
Among the changes proposed in the new rules:
More stringent requirements for pesticide applicator licensing;
Education and safety training requirements for non-licensed applicators working under the supervision of a certified applicator;
Establishes a minimum age of 18 for pesticide applicator licensing;
Requires candidates for certification and recertification to present identification;
Requires certification exams to be closed book and proctored;
Certification exams must be written;
Requires dealers of restricted use pesticides to maintain records of sales;
Requires specific information on the credential (license) issued to a certified applicator.
PDA has produced three documents that will help you understand the scope of the proposed changes:
You may review the proposed new regulations in their entirety by clicking
here. Please review the new rules and send any comments directly to EPA with a copy to PLNA. PLNA will be reviewing the regulations and compiling its own comments to meet the November 23, 2015 comment deadline.