Pesticide Certification

Training Classes for Farmers Taking the NYS DEC Pesticide Test

PESTICIDE Certification classes (herbicide, insecticide, rodenticide, etc.) are normally held each spring at the CCE Cayuga County Education Center.  The training consists of  two classes as  follows:

  • Day 1: CORE Training essentials – to follow and participate in this training you must have a CORE Manual (3rd Edition blue and white cover) to work with in class.  You must call DEC and CCE Cayuga County in advance to set things up for training and testing.
  • Day 2:  Provide additional training, information, and greater opportunity to focus beyond the basics to pass the test.

CORE TRAINING TOPICS INCLUDE: A review of the key items in the CORE training manual that are likely to be on the test.  The second day will build on the first day’s information and provide opportunities for clarification and review. The focus is to prepare you to pass the test.

COST: CORE class training is  $25.00.  Cost of training materials is additional and you must contact the CCE Cayuga County office for current pricing.   (cost of the Core training manual currently is $42, and the Category manual prices vary)

CORE manuals and workbooks need to be ordered in advance through CCE Cayuga County.  We recommend that those wanting to prepare for the test attend both days.  This CORE training DOES NOT provide RECERTIFICATION CREDIT (see below for Recertification Credit information). Call Keith Severson @ 315-255-1183 ext. 225 for additional details or clarification about the materials needed.

* Prior to registering for these training classes call the NYS DEC at 1-800-388-8244 ext.232 to review your qualifying experience, determine test eligibility and receive the packet of materials to register for the CORE and Category test that will be conducted in Syracuse or Cortland. The NYS DEC fee to take the test is $100 for the CORE and one Category given that day.

To Maintain your License (Pesticide Recertification)

Recertification classes that offer credits for your particular Pesticide Certification Category must be taken in order to maintain your Pesticide License.  The number of recertification credits required varies by category.  NYS DEC maintains a listing of all classes being held throughout the state.  You can check out current classes with credits being offered HERE at the New York State Bureau of Pest Management Portal.  If you only need a few credits and time is short, consider an on-line course by searching HERE at the PMEP (Pest Management Education Program) Distance Learning Center.


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