VDACS makes state-of-emergency changes!
The Short of it:
New Hires do not need to get a certification before applying pesticides.
The Rest of the Story:
If you have an Authorization to Test, or if you have a new hire that is not yet a registered technician (Cat 60), you do have a path to move them forward to applying pesticides.
- 20 hours of on-the-job training
- 20 hours of Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved training
- Pass a closed-book written exam provided by the licensed pesticide business that meets requirements of Section 90 of 2VAC5-685, Regulations Governing Pesticide Applicator Certification (VPMA is currently working to develop a test for members to use. It should be available by Tuesday!)
A message from Liza Fleeson-Trossbach, Program Manager VDACS OPS
Given the current public health crisis, and the implications for pesticide businesses, the administration has taken steps to allow pesticide business employees to apply pesticides without obtaining a registered technician certification, for the duration of the state of emergency due to COVID-19
Read the entire message