Pesticide DEC Class

2023 DEC Special Permit Training


2023 DEC Special Permit Training

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Permits will only be issued for 8 specific pesticide labels. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include:

  • Endigo ZC
  • Warrior II with Zeon Technology
  • Agri-Mek SC
  • Besiege
  • Leverage 360
  • Danitol 2.4EC
  • Mustang Maxx
  • Lannate LV

(no Gramoxone again this year. Lorsban is no longer registered)

All Pesticide Handlers Need to Complete Training and Pass Exam

This year, all pesticide handlers are required to complete the 3-hour in person training and pass the exam given at the training (70% correct or higher).

New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam. All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicators license via taking the certification exam.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training.

Workers in need of special permits vs general pesticide training will need to be identified. Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

English session: 8:00 AM registration; class 8:30 AM - 12:00 PMĀ 

COST: $30 per applicator/handler. Pre-registration is required by April 4, 2023.

Spanish session: 1:00 PM registration; class 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

COST: $30 per applicator/handler. Pre-registration is required by April 4, 2023.

Registrations received after April 4 will incur an additional late fee of $20 per applicator/handler. Registrations will not be accepted after April 7th. Questions? Contact Natalie Mrzywka at 585-798-4265 x26 or email Natalie.




Natalie Mrzywka
Administrative Assistant
585-798-4265 x26


Cornell Cooperative Extension - Wayne County
1581 State Route 88 North
Newark, NY 14513

Last updated March 2, 2023