In order to maintain valid Pesticide Applicator Certification in the state of New Jersey, pesticide applicators must earn a minimum of 24 recertification credits by attending continuing education courses.
Commercial Pesticide Applicators must accumulate 8 Core credits and 16 category credits (per each category certified). Private Pesticide Applicators must accumulate 8 Core credits and 16 ‘PP2’ credits.
The total 24 recertification credits must be accumulated by the applicator within a five year period subsequent to passing their certification exam. The five year period begins the November 1st following passing the exam, and ends five years later on October 30th. If the full complement of recertification credits is not earned within that five year period, certification as a pesticide applicator in New Jersey expires. Certification in these cases can only be acquired by passing the required exams again.
New Jersey-certified pesticide applicators can go to the ‘DEP Data Miner Pesticides‘ web page and access their current license information and recertification status in the report called Commercial Certified Pesticide Applicators – Specific Information. Applicators can check to see how many recertification units they have accrued by CORE, CORE Category, or PP2; as well as make sure that their license is still current.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) evaluates all recertification courses. Course topics offered for recertification credit include: Core (private or commercial certifications), PP2 for private certification, as well as each of the 13 commercial pest control categories. Recertification credits can be earned by either attending NJDEP-approved recertification courses, or by completing an NJDEP-approved online training module.
To find recertification courses open to the public, applicators can access reports online at ‘DEP Data Miner Pesticides‘ webpage. Applicators can select from three types of reports listed below:
- Recertification Course by Specific Date: You can search for a recertification course on a specific course date.
- Recertification Course by Course Number: You can search for specific recertification courses using the NJDEP course number.
- Recertification Courses Available: You can search upcoming pesticide applicator recertification courses by subject area. [i.e., CORE, Category, or Private (called ‘PP2’)] within a date range that you specify.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Outreach for Licensed Applicators
As the land-grant university for the state of New Jersey, Rutgers University’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension (RCE) provides cutting-edge programs and conferences, with sessions eligible for recertification credit. Rutgers is tapped for the expertise of its’ Cooperative Extension Specialists, County Agents/Program Coordinators, and Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Additionally, RCE experts are invited to speak at events sponsored for key stakeholder groups; providing the perspective, expertise, and science-based information unique to Rutgers as New Jersey’s land-grant institution. Annual programming offered for recertification credit includes:
- Rutgers North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium Turf Day. NJOHS-2020. January 6, 2020. Location: County College of Morris. Randolph. Contact: Jan Zientek (RCE Essex); firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Rutgers North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium Tree Day. NJOHS-2020. January 7, 2020. Location: County College of Morris. Randolph. Contact: Jan Zientek (RCE Essex); email@example.com .
- Rutgers North Jersey Ornamental Horticulture Symposium Landscape Day. NJOHS-2020. January 8, 2020. Location: County College of Morris. Randolph. Contact: Jan Zientek (RCE Essex); firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Atlantic Coast Agricultural Convention & Trade Show. February 4 – 6. 2020. Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey & Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Location: Harrah’s. Atlantic City, NJ.
- Rutgers Blueberry Open House 2019. TBD February 2020. Location: Frog Rock Country Club. Hammonton, NJ. Gary Pavlis (RCE Atlantic) email@example.com; 609-625-0056.
- Reed & Perrine Lawn Talk Conference. February 20, 2020. Location: Battleground Country County Club, Manalapan.
- Rutgers Central Jersey Vegetable Growers Meeting. TBD February 2020. Location: RCE Mercer; Ewing, NJ. Contact: Meredith Melendez (RCE Mercer); firstname.lastname@example.org; 609-989-6830.
- Rutgers North Jersey Commercial Vegetable Growers Meeting 2020. February 27, 2020. Location: RCE Hunterdon; Flemington, NJ. Contact: Pete Nietzsche (RCE Morris) 973-285-8307 x2.
- RCE Atlantic County CORE/MG 6 units. March 17, 2020. Location RCE Atlantic Mays Landing. Contact: Anita Wagner, 609-625-0056, ext 6123.
- RCE Camden County CORE/MG 6 units. March 19, 2020. Location RCE Camden Cherry Hill. Contact: Becki Szkotak. skozak@aesop.Rutgers.edu; 856-216-7130.
- Rutgers South Jersey Tree Fruit Growers Meeting. TBD March 2020. Location: Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center (RAREC). Bridgeton, NJ. Contact: Hemant Gohil (RCE Gloucester); email@example.com; 856-224-8029 .
- Rutgers North Jersey Tree Fruit Growers Meeting. TBD. March 2020. Location: RCE Hunterdon County. Flemington, NJ. Contact: Megan Muehlbauer; firstname.lastname@example.org; 908-788-1339.
- Rutgers South Jersey Nursery Growers Meeting. TBD. March 2020. Location: RCE Cumberland. Contact: Salvatore Mangiafico (RCE Cumberland); email@example.com; 856-451-2800.
- Gloucester County Horticultural Program CORE. 6 units April 8, 2020. Location: Clayton. Contact: Mary Cummings. 856-307-6456.
- Rutgers Turf Program Golf & Fine Turf Field Day. July 28, 2020. Location: Rutgers Hort Farm II. New Brunswick, NJ.
- Rutgers Turf Program Landscape Turf Field Day. July 29, 2020. Location: Rutgers Adelphia Research Farm. Freehold, NJ.
- Rutgers Commodity “Twilight Meetings”, including Commercial Tree Fruit, Integrated Crop Management, & Vegetable meetings
- South Jersey Tree Fruit Growers Twilight Meeting. TBD March 2020. Location: RCE Gloucester. Contact: Hemant Gohil (RCE Gloucester). firstname.lastname@example.org; 856-224-8029.
- Vegetable Integrated Crop Management Twilight Meeting. TBD. Vineland. Rick VanVranken (RCE Atlantic) email@example.com.
- Rutgers North Jersey Tree Fruit Grower’s Twilight Meeting Series Part 1. TBD. April 2020. Location: Stony Hill Farms; Long Valley, NJ. Contact: Megan Muehlbauer (RCE Hunterdon); firstname.lastname@example.org; 908-788-1339. RSVP: Kim Fry at (908)788-1339.
- Rutgers North Jersey Tree Fruit Grower’s Twilight Meeting Series Part 2. TBD. May 2020. Contact: Megan Muehlbauer (RCE Hunterdon); email@example.com; 908-788-1339.
- Winegrape Grower’s Twilight. TBD. Contact: Hemant Gohil. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rutgers Blueberry Growers Twilight Meeting. TBD May 2020. Location: TBD. Gary Pavlis (RCE Atlantic); email@example.com.
- Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education offers a selection of landscape pest control and pesticide courses offering recertification credit, typically scheduled in the fall through early spring.
Please contact your local county Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension, or Rutgers PSEP (848-932-9802) to inquire further about Rutgers pesticide applicator outreach in New Jersey.
Online Recertification Courses Available:
New Jersey Pesticide Control Regulations allow pesticide applicators to earn recertification credits by completing online courses that are approved by the NJDEP. Current NJDEP policy limits the accrual of recertification credits through online courses. Within an applicator’s 5-year recertification period, licensed applicator may accrue online credits up to: 2 Core units; and 4 units in each Category that they are certified. NJDEP-accepted and approved online recertification courses are:
Rutgers Cooperative Extension currently offers two approved online CORE recertification courses in Pesticide Use & Storage. There are two options to select on the home page; select I am a commercial applicator and would like to receive credits. After you enter your license number, both modules will post for you to select your choice. More modules will be added at the course website as they are developed.
All Star Professional Training – Contact: 817-385-1136; or see www.allstarce.com
- 7A (General & Household)
- 7B (Termite)
- 7C (Fumigation) and
- 7E (Wood Preserving)
- 8B (Mosquito Control)
- Ants (Imported Fire Ants): 4 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant); 3A (Ornamentals); 3B (Turf); PP2 (Private Part 2)
- Turfgrass Culture: 2 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant);3B (Turf); 6B (Right of Way)
- Insects of Turfgrass: 4 units – 1A (Agricultural Plant); 3B (Turf); 6B (Right of Way)
- Spiders: 4 units in 3C (Interior Plantscape); 7A(General & Household); 8A (General Public Health); 8C (Campground)
- Weed ID and Herbicides: 2 units in 3A (Ornamental); 3B (Turf)
- Using Insecticides in the House: 2 units in 7A (General & Household)
- Turfgrass Diseases: 4 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant); 3B (Turf)
- Soil, Nutrients and IPM: 2 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant);3A (Ornamentals); 3B (Turf)
- A Respirator: 2 units in Core
- Pesticides and the Environment: 2 units in Core
- Pesticide Safety: 2 units in Core
- Non-Biological Turf Problems: 2 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant), 3B (Turf)
- Managing Household Pests: 2 units in 7A (General & Household)
- Insecticides: 2 units in 7A (General & Household)
- Mosquitoes: 4 units in 8B (Mosquitoes)
- Insects: 2 units in 7A (General & Household)
- Turfgrass Species: 4 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant); 3B (Turf)
Farm Press – Penton Media.Contact: Cheryl Ogle – 559-326-7405
- Using Calcium as Nutrient that Protects Against Disease Organisms: 4 units in 3A (Ornamentals); 4 units PP2
- Status of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds: 2 units in CORE; 4 units in 3B
- Biopesticides – Effective Use in Pest Management Programs: 4 units in 1A (Agricultural Plant); 4 units PP2
- The ABCs of MRLs (Maximum Residue Levels): Growing Issue for Ag Exports: 2 units in Core
- Managing Spray Drift to Minimize Problems: 2 units in Core
- Lepidopterous Pest Management: 1 unit in CORE, 3 units in PP2, 1A
- Weed Management in Orchards and Vineyards: 4 units in 1A, PP2
- Utilizing Potassium Nitrate as a Specialty Nutritional Product that Protects against Disease Organisms and Plant Stresses: 4 units in 1A, 4 units in PP2
Pested.com – Contact: Kevin Hurley; email; 845-657-6483.
- Core: Toxicity of Pesticides- 1 unit
- Core: Ecological Concerns – 1 unit
- PP2- 4 units
- 3A (Landscaping Ornamental Pest Control)- 4 units
- 3B (Landscaping: Turf Pest Control) – 4 units
- 3C (Interior Plantscaping) – 4 units
- 5 Aquatic Pest Control- 4 units
- 6B (Right of Way) – 4 units
- 7A (General & Household) – 4 units
- 7B (Termite) – 4 units
- 8D (Cooling Tower Pest Control) – 4 units
Sterile Processing University
Contact: 908-735-8944. www.spdceus.com.
- Safe Use of ETO Pesticides: 4 units in Core
- Ethylene Oxide Sterilization: 8 units in 12B (Ethylene Oxide)
Source: NJDEP. www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/pcp/bpo-recert.htm; date accessed 1/21/2017.