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Pesticide Training & Certification

Online pesticide recertification course offerings

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) Distance Learning Center (pmepcourses.cce.cornell.edu) offers 37 fee-based Core and category courses applicable to many applicator certification categories. All of our online courses are approved for recertification credits in New York State. Most courses are also approved for recertification credits in the New England states as well as Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. 

Core Pesticide Training - Ontario County

The Core Pesticide Training Program Series in Ontario County is for the person who needs to acquire the knowledge to be able to take the Pesticide Core exam for a license to apply pesticides. Also this is for certified applicators, private or commercial, seeking recertification credits.

Private Certification is for the person who will be applying restricted pesticides to their own property or an employer's property or rented property. Private Certification available:

  • Field and Forage (Category 21)
  • Fruit (Category 22)
  • Vegetable (Category 23)
  • Greenhouse and Florist (Category 24)
  • Nursery, Ornamental and Turf (Category 25)

Commercial Certification is for the person who will be applying pesticides for hire. Commercial Certification available:

  • Agriculture Plant (Category 1a)
  • Ornamental and Turf (Category 3)


  • This is NOT a 30 hour credit class. Required for those who do not meet DEC eligibility requirements for commercial certification.
  • Cost: $240.00: includes training manuals & attendance at all four classes. 
  • $100.00 DEC exam fee, due the evening of the exam. Check made payable to: NYSDEC. 
  • Certified applicators, private or commercial, seeking recertification credits will receive 2.5 core credits per class. Cost: $40.00 person/per class.

Highlights of the Pesticide Training Series
Class 1 - Pesticide Laws and Regulations
Class 2 - Pesticides and the Environment
Class 3 - Pesticide Safety
Class 4 - Pesticide Mixing and Equipment, Calibrations,

2024 Pesticide Trainings

Classes are scheduled for: Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

DEC Exam will be on February 29, 2024, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Cost: $240.00 for the training including manuals and attendance at all 4 classes.
Cost for recertification credits: $40.00/person/class.

2024 Pesticide and Recertification Training Registration Flyer

For More Information: Call Nancy at 585-394-3977 x427 or send name, address, phone number and question to Nancy or call Russell Welser at 585-394-3977 x 436 or question to Russell

With questions regarding your Pesticide Certification, contact the Department of Environmental Conservation Office-Bath Office: 607.622.8264. 

Pesticide Applicator/Technician Information & Recertification Training

  • Pesticide Applicator/Technician Information 
  • Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator Requirements
  • Certified Commercial Pesticide Technician Requirements
  • Certified Private Pesticide Applicator Requirements
  • Recertification
  • Applicator/Technician Information

Recertification Training Course Database
Continuing recertification credits must be obtained in more than one calendar year and consist of at least 25 percent category-specific training for each category of certification.
It is the responsibility of each certified pesticide applicator to find and attend recertification courses to obtain recertification credits. Knowing when and where courses are offered is very important to the certified applicator. Because of the diversity of course sponsors, locations, content and other factors, it is difficult for applicators to be in the "know". 

30 Hour Credit Course for Commercial Certification for Category 3A: Ornamentals and Turf

Contact Monroe County Cooperative Extension, Phone: 585.753.2550.

Summary of DEC Pesticide Program Fees
Pesticide Program Fees


Russell Welser
Senior Resource Educator
(585) 394-3977 x 436

Last updated December 8, 2023