UW Extension offers respirator fit testing at pesticide recertification program

Respirator fit testing will be available through the University of Wyoming Extension at the pesticide application recertification program Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Casper.

Federal law requires all commercial and private producers using a respirator as personal protective equipment during pesticide application or handling to receive annual respirator fit testing and training.

“An increasing number of pesticides are being labeled requiring the use of a respirator as a component of the personal protective equipment,” said Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide training coordinator.

Registration is at https://wyorecert.eventbrite.com. Proof of doctor clearance (medical evaluation) to Consolidated Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc. (CME), your own respirator, and a fee of $55 per test payable to CME are required test day. CME will issue a certificate of clearance onsite and mail the official fit test card to the applicator.

Contact the University of Wyoming Extension pesticide safety education office at 307-837-2956 or visit http://bit.ly/wy-pesticide-training for more information regarding fit testing and training opportunities.

Training registration opens for those seeking new commercial applicator license

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Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration is now open for a three-day program to assist obtaining new commercial applicator licenses through the University of Wyoming Extension.

Wyoming statutes require anyone applying pesticides, restricted use or not, and receiving payment to do so, to have a commercial applicator license, said Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide training coordinator.

This year’s training session for those seeking new licenses is Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-24, at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Those attending have the option of taking examinations on Thursday and receiving their licenses.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, pest identification and management and other license category-specific information, said Edwards.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “To receive your license, you must pass the core exam plus a minimum of one category exam with a 70 percent or better.”

Class registration fee is $95 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred and is at http://bit.ly/wyo-pesticide-2019.

Edwards also highly recommends downloading (for free) or purchasing the training manuals and reading them prior to class.  The training manuals needed are available at http://bit.ly/wy-pesticide-training. Printed materials can be ordered online using the order form link on the page or by contacting the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-2115.

UW Extension offers training, tests for new commercial pesticide applicators

Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator
Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration for new commercial pesticide applicator training is now open, said University of Wyoming Extension pesticide training coordinator Jeff Edwards.

The training is Monday-Friday, Dec. 11-15, in Laramie. All sessions are at the Albany County Fairgrounds, said Edwards. The program starts 1 p.m. Monday. Anyone applying pesticides (restricted use or not) and receiving payment is required to have a commercial applicators license.

Class registration fee is $250 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred at bit.ly/2017commpest.

The program prepares participants for the commercial applicator examinations.  Those attending have the opportunity to complete the examination and receive temporary licenses that Friday, Edwards said. Their official licenses will be issued at a later date from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, weed and insect identification and other license category-specific information, he said.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “It may also assist individuals looking for career advancement as it will provide 24 CEUs to anyone who participates with a current active license.”

The core examination must be passed, and a minimum of one category examination with a 70 percent or better is required to receive a license.

Edwards recommends acquiring and reading training manuals prior to class.  Details on which training manuals needed are at bit.ly/commpestmanuals.

To purchase printed manuals, contact the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-5157 or by email at tengel@uwyo.edu.