In the U.S., each state has an agency in charge of pesticide-related issues.
It may be called the Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation, Environmental Conservation or something similar. You might consider contacting your State Pesticide Agency for issues like these:
- How to comply with pesticide regulations
- How to become a certified pesticide applicator, operator or dealer
- How to find local opportunities for applicators’ continuing education
Here are the State Pesticide Agency contacts in the New England states:
- MDAR is no longer doing random 3 year audits. Everyone must now upload their credits into their EEA ePLACE Portal Account when they renew their Pesticide License and the 3 year renewal cycle is due. There’s no need to wait until audit to upload CEU sheets all at once. They can be uploaded into your ePLACE portal account as you receive them over time. They will essentially be stored online, in the system so you don’t have to worry about losing them, or misplacing the actual pieces of paper. If individuals change their contact information (such as home address, phone number or email) they must make those changes to show in their account. Employers are required to notify MDAR if an individual license holder leaves their employment for any reason. The department will suspend that license and reach out to the individual for their new information to reinstate the license.
- Want help preparing to take the MA Core exam? Attend one of the NEPMA Core Exam Coaching Programs!
- MDAR Accepting Online Credits for 2021: 100% of credits can be taken online, but only 50% can be from on-demand trainings (ones that can be registered for and viewed at any time). The other 50% must be live-streamed or in-person events. NEPMA’s Spring and Fall trainings are live-streamed events. The Department has defined trainings as listed below:
- On Demand Trainings: Trainings that the applicator can take at any time but does not have any live interaction. (Example: www.npmatraining.org)
- Live Stream Trainings: Live one- time training with live interaction. (virtual meetings, virtual company trainings) (Example NEPMA Fall and Spring Virtual Trainings)
- Virtual Classroom Trainings: Multiple individuals in the same room at the same time watching a Live Stream/On Demand
- Traditional Classroom Training: Training that is provided in person (Example: NEPMA in-person events)
NEPMA Keeps You Current
NEPMA hosts training events where professionals can earn the credits required to maintain their applicator licenses. We also work closely with our government agency partners to continue to advance the professional pest management industry. Check out our educational opportunities in the “Education & Training” section of this site and watch for regulatory updates in the monthly e-newsletter “Controlling Interest.”