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 3 Year CEU Audits No Longer Random: MDAR will no longer do random audits on individuals who are due for renewal (every 3 years). You must now upload your credits into your EEA ePLACE Portal Account when you renew your Pesticide License. See https://www.mass.gov/service-details/pesticide-license-recertification-and-audit-program for current information. There’s no need to wait until you’re audited to upload your CEU sheets all at once. They can be uploaded as you receive them over time. They will essentially be stored online, in the system so you don’t have to worry about losing or misplacing the actual pieces of paper.
- 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 Fa
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.”