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Private pesticide applicator training and testing schedule

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 8:42 a.m. CST

University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit is offering the following training and certification programs for private pesticide applicators.

Pre-registration is required for both training and testing-only sessions.

Training and testing on Dec. 3 (check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.) will be held at Celebrations 150 Ltd., 740 E. U.S. Highway 6 (Route 6 east of Interstate 39) in Utica. Training will be conducted from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all training and testing clinics. Cost is $30 for the training. (This does not include the IDOA license fee.) Testing will begin immediately following training at 11:45 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m. Participants may bring a lunch. No lunch will be provided at the site.

The four ways to register are online at www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu; by calling 877-626-1650 (toll free); by mail by completing a registration form and mailing to University of Illinois – PSEP, 1201 S. Dorner Drive, Urbana, IL 61801 or by fax by completing a registration form and faxing it to 217-244-3469

Testing only will be held on Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. to be held at the University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County Office, 850 Thompson St., Princeton. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-Bureau County Office at 815-875-2878. There is no charge.

Testing only will be on Jan. 14, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of Illinois Extension – LaSalle County Office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Suite 2, Ottawa. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-LaSalle County Office at 815-433-0707. No charge.

Testing only will be on Jan. 24, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m. to be held at the University of Illinois Extension - Marshall/Putnam Office, 509 Front St., Henry. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-Marshall/Putnam County Office at 309-364-2356. No charge.

Testing only will be on Feb. 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of Illinois Extension – LaSalle County Office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Suite 2, Ottawa. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-LaSalle County Office at 815-433-0707. No charge.

Testing only will be on March 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County Office, 850 Thompson St., Princeton. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-Bureau County Office at 815-875-2878. No charge.

Self-study training via the Internet training is another option. The online training program for private pesticide applicators includes eight modules to be completed at your convenience, and provides a training alternative for those unable to attend a training and testing clinic. The training modules available through this program include: 1. Understanding pesticides; 2. Pesticides and the environment; 3. Integrated pest management; 4. Human pesticide protection; 5. Labels and labeling; 6. Equipment and calibration Part I; 7. Equipment and calibration Part II; and 8. Pesticide laws and regulations.

There is a $15 fee to register and take the online course, and users will have access to the training material for one year from the date of purchase. This is for online training only. The license examination is not offered via the Internet and must be taken elsewhere. The online training link is www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu

New private applicator manuals were printed in 2011-12. The manual and workbook can be purchased online or at local Extension offices.

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