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Pesticide Certification & Training

Lots of educational information and credits are now available through the new and expanded PMEP (Pesticide Management Education Program) website where you will find:

For more specific information about upcoming classes across the state, please visit the NYS DEC training calendar.

  • Recertification courses are available year round through local agriservice and the regional agriculture teams. Check out the specialist teams’ websites for more information and to enroll so that you get the most up to date info on new classes and workshops.
  • Ordering and paying for core and category manuals changed in early 2014. An order form for core and category manuals can be found at the Cornell Store website. This site may take a while to load.
  • Information specifically about certification can be found at the DEC website.  If you need specific info on phone numbers, etc, Wayne County is in region 8. .

Upcoming Trainings

CCE Wayne County works with our regional specialist teams to host training in preparation to take the pesticide certification exam. We hosted a training in 2019 and therefore will not host one in 2020.   Stay tuned for more info. 

Many of the items below are a place marker for a future training. Keep watch back here throughout the winter meeting season. I will post upcoming workshops in the area. 

New as of 11/24/19:   - Pesticide Core Training,  CCE Yates:  Dec 2 and 4th, 12:45pm - 5:15pm.  A certification exam will be held on Dec 9th. This is not part of the 30 hr requirement class (if you need that). This class will help you study for the exam.   The cost is $55 and the manuals are an additional fee.   Please call CCE Yates office at 315-536-5123 for more information.  Pre-registration is required.

NEW as of 12/02/19:

Pesticide Training at CCE Ontario County: Anyone interested in obtaining a pesticide certification and meets the D.E.C. experience/education requirements or current applicators seeking pesticide re-certification credits should attend. This training is NOT a 30-hour certification course.

Pesticide Certification and Re-Certification Classes – Click here for the 2020 flyer.

Cooperative Extension Center, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua
Wednesdays, February 5,12,19, 26 2020 @ 7-9:30pm
Exam Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020  @ 6:30 pm – 11 pm

The cost for the training to obtain a license is $175.00, includes training manuals and attendance at all four classes. This does not include the $100.00 DEC exam fee, due the day of the exam. Certified applicators, private and commercial, seeking recertification credits will receive 2.5 core credits per class. For recertification credits only – cost is $25.00 per class, no materials. To receive registration material or for additional information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at (585) 394-3977 ext. 427 or email or or registration available on-line at

OLD Announcement:  Training to take the exam will be on Tues and Thurs, March 12/14, 2019. (This is here as a place marker so that you can see what we do every other year.) 

Exam will be March 23.  Flyer for more info and registration is here. You must pre-register by March 4 and book orders must be received by Feb 11.  Time is from noon - 4:30pm at CCE Office in Newark and lunch will be provided.  Cost for the training is $55 and books and exam are additional.

Don’t forget: all specialist teams will also have trainings this winter for credits for recertification. Activities like Fruit and Vegetable Expo, Corn Congress, Soybean Congress, Lake Ontario Fruit School – are all opportunities for you to earn credits this winter. Every summer the teams also have tours and more opportunities to get credits – check out the calendar page (toggle at the top of this page) for more information on those events.

New dates for 2020:

2019 Processing Veg Advisory Mtg - Dec 17, Batavia, contact Julie Kikkert.

2020 Finger Lakes (Ontario) Produce Auction Education Meeting - Jan 2 (Jan 8), Penn Yan (Stanley), contact Judson Reid.

LOF Winter School –  Feb 3/4 2020  Should be about 3 credits at Fruit School in Lockport and Webster. Will need to be there all day, more TBD.. 

Empire State Producers Expo (Use to be called Fruit and Veg Expo): Syracuse, January 14-16, 2020. Several credits are available each session – you must remain in the room to receive any credits for that session.  Becker Forum will be held on Jan 14.

Corn Congress - Jan 8/9 in Batavia/Waterloo, 8:30am - 3:30pm,  details went out in the mail on Dec 2.  Email Judy for more information.

Soybean and Small Grains Congress - Feb 5/6 in Batavia/Waterloo, 10am - 3pm.  Email Judy for more information.

Other Recertification Credits:

Announced in 2019 – This special permit training will end at the end of the 2019 growing season due to changes in the federal EPA certification and training regulations published in January of 2017.  How certified private applicators communicate with non-certified sprayer operators must be addresses for the 2020 season.  We do not know what will happen in 2020,

Special Permit Training for 2020 is tentative this year, please check back.  Info below is from prior years.

Tuesday, April 9th 2019, Wayne County and Wednesday, April 10 2019, Orleans County - watch your Fruit Notes newsletter for registration information. 

Who is this training for? For those workers who apply federally restricted-use pesticides but do not have a DEC pesticide applicator license. DEC has changed the training.  This program include a worker protection standard training and it will only cover 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test.  The DEC Special Permit is issued by NYDEC and it relieves the requirement of “on-site, within voice contact” supervision while these pesticides are being applied.

This permit does not relieve the responsibilities of the certified applicator that supervises these employees. Please read your latest edition of “Fruit Notes” to get more registration information. This special permit needs to be renewed each year.


Beth Claypoole
Executive Director/Agricultural Issues Leader
315-331-8415 x102

Last updated December 5, 2019