Pesticide Recertification Day, March 12, 2019

Pesticide Recertification Day will be held at The Century House in Latham, New York on March 12, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM.

Pesticide Recertification Day is designed to assist pesticide applicators in attaining DEC pesticide credits needed to keep their licenses up to date. The following DEC credits have been applied for: 

  • CORE credits
  • Ornamentals & Turf categories 3A, 3B, 3C, 9 and 10
  • Agriculture Plant categories 1A, 1B, 4, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 31
  • Structural & Rodent categories 7A, 7B, 7C, 8, 9, 10 and 23.

The fees are $100.00 per person to attend all day; morning or afternoon classes only will be $85.00 per person. Lunch is included in all fees.

Registration for Pesticide Recertification Day is mandatory so we can prepare certificates for attendees. We will not be able to take walk-ins for this event. Credits will not be awarded if a pesticide certification number is not provided in advance. It is also required that you present your pesticide license at the event.

Registration is available online at, or call 518-765-3518 or email for assistance with registration. For a downloadable, printable brochure for mail-in registration:

General Classes for CORE credit, presented in the morning session, will include New Study Results: Common Pesticide Residues in Rural Homes of New York State, presented by Dr. Jonathan Laquatra, Jr.; Assessing Pesticide Hazard and Risk: Glyphosate, A Case Study with Dan Wixted; and DEC Update, given by Mark Solan from NYSDEC Bureau of Pest Management.

In the afternoon, participants have a choice of three breakout sessions: Ornamentals and Turf, Agriculture Plant and Structural and Rodent, where they may gain additional pesticide credits in these specific categories.

During the Ornamentals and Turf breakout session, Margery Daughtrey and Lindsey Christianson will present Back to Basics: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Ornamental and Turf Plant Pests and Pathogens, Kyle Wickings will cover a diagnostics session of common pests, pathogens and other common problems in turf, including discussing common control tactics.

The Agriculture Plant breakout session features Aaron Gabriel of CAAHP speaking about Basic Biology of Fungi, Bacteria and Viruses and Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYHP discussing Fungicide Resistance Management. Katrin Ayer will present types of fungicides, modes of action and proper use of fungicides based on their modes of action.

The Structural and Rodent breakout session will include Dr. Joellen Lampman’s presentation, Keep Ticks Away! Research shows that the vast majority of people are exposed to ticks at home. This presentation will cover the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten through tick and tick host management. Dr. Changlu Wang will present Understanding and Controlling the German Cockroach, covering cockroach behavior, spatial distribution, insecticide resistance, residents’ attitudes on cockroaches, effective control materials, and integrated pest management strategies. Then Alexander Kleinberger will present a Pest Exclusion Workshop.   Pest exclusion is stopping pests, such as vermin, from entering the indoor environment. Although exclusion is not a new technique, it is one often under-utilized by pest professionals, building maintenance staff, and homeowners who tend to rely on population reduction tactics. Exclusion should be the first defense in any integrated pest management program. 

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