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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW
ABOUT PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING, CERTIFICATION
AND RECERTIFICATION IN DELAWARE

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WHO NEEDS TO 
BE CERTIFIED?
Anyone buying or using a restricted-use pesticide must be certified and licensed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), unless they work under the direct supervision of a licensed applicator. Those hired to apply to lands of another must be certified (or work under supervision) whether they apply restricted-use or general-use pesticides.  Application of liquid soil termiticides must be conducted with a commercial applicator (7b) at the site of application.

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PRIVATE 
APPLICATORS

COMMERCIAL 
APPLICATORS

Private Applicators are the producers of agricultural commodities and apply restricted-use pesticides to land that is owned or rented by them or their employer.

All other restricted-use pesticide applicators are commercial applicators.

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HOW DO I 
GET CERTIFIED?
Private Applicator: Pass core exam.
Commercial applicator: Pass core exam and category exam(s). 

Exams are given four times each year. Call 1-800-282-8685 to make a reservation, get directions to the exam site or to ask what category you need.

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WHAT DO I STUDY 
FOR THE EXAM?
The core manual & workbook and your category manual(s).  Send an order blank for manuals to the University of Delaware. You can get order blanks at county Extension offices, DDA, or the Entomology Department at UD (831-2526). Save postage - pick up your manuals at the Entomology Department or your county Extension office. Study your manuals and practice the calibration problems. All Delaware exams are closed book.  You may use a calculator at the exam.

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WHERE CAN I 
GET TRAINING?
The Quarterly Training Review, sponsored by Cooperative Extension and DDA, is held before each exam. It runs 1 and 1/2 days starting at 8:15 each day. Be sure to study ahead of time -- this is only a review.
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HOW DO I GET
RECERTIFIED?
Your certification is good for 3 years. Then you must demonstrate that you've kept up with changes. Either retake the exam or collect the required number of recertification hours. Recertification courses must be approved by DDA.

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HOW MANY HOURS 
DO I NEED?
Private applicators need 3 recertification hours every 3 years. Fifty minutes of class room instruction equals one recertification hour. Commercial applicators need the following recertification hours every 3 years: 

Agricultural Plant (1A) 8 Hr
Agricultural Animal (1B) 4 Hr 
Fumigation of Soils/
Ag Commodities (1C) 4 Hr
Forest (02) 4 Hr

Ornamental & Turf (03) 8 Hr 
Seed Treatment (04) 2 Hr 
Aquatic (5A) 4 Hr 

Antifouling Paint (5B) 2 Hr 
Mosquito (5C) 4 Hr 
Right-of-Way (06) 4 Hr

Industrial, Institutional, 
Structural & Health Related (07) 
   General Pest Control (7A)  18 Hr
   Wood Destroying Pest Cntrl (7B) 18 Hr
   Fumigation (non-agricultural) (7C) 4 Hr
   Wood Preservative (7D) 4 Hr 
   Institutional and Maintenance (7E) 18 Hr 
   Cooling Towers (7F) 4 Hr

Public Health (08) 4 Hr 
Regulatory (09) 4 Hr 
Demonstration & Research (10) 8 Hr 

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WHERE CAN I 
GET HOURS?
Attend the Delaware Pesticide Conference every January.  All licensed applicators will be sent registration information. 

Private applicators may attend any Quarterly Training Review for three recertification hours. 

Commercial applicators may get hours at commodity meetings and professional seminars.  The Delaware Pest Control Association sponsors an annual meeting for category 7 applicators in February.  The Delaware Vegetable Growers meetings are held every winter.  O&T applicators may attend the Delaware Trufgrass Conference or the Turf and Ornamental Conference. 

Subscribe to your county Cooperative Extension newsletter and watch for announcements. Or call the DDA at 1-800-282-8685 for information.

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I WENT TO A GOOD
PESTICIDE PROGRAM 
LAST MONTH. CAN I 
GET CREDIT FOR IT?
Maybe. If you recently attended a pesticide program in Delaware or another state that was not pre-authorized for recertification hours, you may still be able to get credit. Send a copy of the program and proof of your attendance to Larry Towle, Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. He will let you know if the program can be approved for recertification hours. Larry will award credit if the talks cover at least one of these issues: pesticide safety, pesticides and the environment, pest information, methods of control or pesticide information.

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DELAWARE CORE TEST BLUEPRINT 
JOB-RELATED 
SKILLS
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS
AT EACH LEARNING LEVEL
TOTAL 
QUESTIONS 
Factual Recall  Understanding  Application 
1. Laws/ liability 
2. Pest ID & Life Stages 
3. Pest Control/ IPM 
4. Label Comprehension  10  20 
5. Poisoning Symptoms 
6. Personal Safety  12 
7. Transportation/ storage 
   Disposal / spill cleanup 
8. Equipment/ formulation  10 
9. Calibration/ dilutions  13 
10. Environmental 
   Concerns 
11 
# Questions  40  30  30  100 

LEARNING LEVELS:

Factual Recall: Tests the applicatorís ability to remember significant facts 
Understanding: Tests the applicatorís ability to interpret critical information. 
Application: Tests the applicatorís ability to solve relevant problems. 

91% OF APPLICATORS WHO ATTEND TRAINING PASS THE EXAM!!

Donít be left out. Attend the Delaware PAT review before you take the exam. Staff from UD Cooperative Extension and DDA will cover all topics and answer your questions. This exam blueprint will tell you what questions will be on the exam. 

Applicators responding to a recent survey say that information learned during the PAT review is very useful to them in the work they do in their jobs. They adopted new safety practices that helped reduce pesticide exposure during the most hazardous pesticide handling activity in their work. 
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