A six (6) hour recertification program for recertifying applicators is not required in the last year of the certification cycle. Recertification programs need to contain material from the pesticide training areas and should strive to be relevant to the interest of the target audience. More credits will be offered when related to pesticide core training areas. Applicators do not need to accrue credits in each of the subject areas in order to qualify for recertification.

*It is a private applicator's responsibility to expect private applicator credits from attending programs approved for Montana private applicator credits. Montana commercial pesticide credits or pesticide credits from another state doesn't constitute a Montana private applicator credit award.

The guiding principle towards assigning private applicator credits to a program is if the topic(s) will contribute to the competence in the use and handling of pesticides by a private applicator (40 CFR 171).

Continuing education units (CEU) are credits granted for the attendance and successful completion of an approved training or educational workshop or seminar held for the recertification of private pesticide applicator license. The term "credits" and "points" is used synonymously with CEU. In general, 50 minutes to one hour of instruction equals one CEU.

Private Applicator Core Competencies

  1. Label and Labeling Comprehension
    • Format and terminology of labels and labeling
    • Understanding that labels and labeling are legal documents and the directions they contain must be followed.
    • Understanding the meanings of product of brand name, common name and chemical name.
    • Meaning of terms "restricted use" and "general use" pesticide.
    • Understanding directions for use, storage and disposal, precautionary statements, and significance of the signal words "Caution, Warning and Danger" and requirements for personal protection and for protecting the environment.
  2. Safety
    • Understanding the Worker Protection Standard.
    • Selection, use and care of personal protective equipment (PPE), personal hygiene, and precautions required when using pesticides.
    • Re-entry interval (REI) and use restrictions to include handling, transportation, mixing and loading of pesticides.
    • Recognize and understand the acute and chronic toxicity of pesticides. E. Recognition of poisoning symptoms and practical treatment.
    • Transportation, mixing, handling and disposal precautions
  3. Environmental Risk
    • Weather and other climatic factors affecting pesticide applications.
    • Factors involved in drift, runoff and aquatic contamination.
    • Sensitive areas and organisms affected by drift and runoff.
    • Factors involved in ground water contamination. Ground water management plans. Protection of threatened, endangered and sensitive plant and animal species.
    • Pesticide transportation, mixing, handling, application and disposal including container disposal, spill prevention and control.
  4. Pest Identification and Biology and Management
    • Recognition of pests, knowledge of life cycles, recognition of pest damage and how to distinguish pests from beneficial organisms.
    • Stage of life cycle when pests are most vulnerable to control.
    • Understanding of the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) including monitoring of pest populations and economic thresholds.
  5. Pesticide and Chemical Control
    • Types of pesticides, formulations and adjuvants. Characteristics, advantages, disadvantages and main use of typical formulations.
    • Factors which affect a pesticide's effectiveness.
    • Factors in choosing the correct pesticide and method of application. Concept of pesticide resistance.
  6. Equipment
    • Characteristics and main uses of typical pesticide application equipment.
    • Factors in choosing the most appropriate equipment for applicable situations, including chemigation. Proper care, maintenance and use.
  7. Calibration
    • Dilution of concentrate formulations in accordance with label directions.
    • Calculation of area or volume to be treated.
    • Factors involved in calibration of equipment. Adjusting total volume per acre by changing pressure, speed of applicator, or nozzle size.
  8. Pesticide Laws and Regulations
    • Applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
    • Responsibility of certified applicator to use a pesticide consistent with its label or labeling and to supervise any employees who are assigned to transport, handle, mixing, load, apply or dispose of pesticides.
    • Applicator liability and penalties.