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Pesticide Training & Recertification

Pesticide Training & Recertification

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) approves all trainings for pesticide applicators and dealers regardless of location and license type. Generally, over 400 trainings are approved for Continuing Education Credits (CEs) each year. Some are sponsored by MDA, many are sponsored by industry, professional organizations, online training institutions, universities, and more.


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Testing for Montana Pesticide Applicators

The Montana Department of Agriculture offers free pesticide applicator examinations proctored at our seven field offices around the state. Applicators are encouraged to work with staff at their local MDA Field Office to arrange a testing time.

The MDA also offers computer-based exams through the Metro Institute Centers in Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, and Glendive. Exams taken through Metro Institute cost $58 a piece. Sign up for examinations through Metro Institute.

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MDA Self-paced Initial Core Training

After registering, allow at least one day for the link to send. If you register on a Friday or holiday, the link will be sent the following business day. No refunds.

 

Online Registration

For more information contact: 406.444.3732

This training is for Montana pesticide applicators and dealers. Initial Core Training is on pesticide safety and regulations and requirements for every certified applicator. This course is meant to provide training for  initial certification. Recertification credits will not be available for attendance at this training.  **Valid email is required for online training .  

Course Fee:   $50 (includes National Core manual and initial core packet)

NOTE Core training is the foundational test for all licenses. Applicators also require successful testing in at least one category specific classification. For a list of classifications go to Pesticide-License-Program

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MDA In Person Initial Core Training

IN-PERSON INITIAL CORE PESTICIDE TRAINING

Initial in-person trainings for 2024 are finished and more in-person initial trainings will be offered in the spring of 2025.

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MDA Recertification Training - In person

The MDA Vertebrate Pest Workshop

  *** TRAINING IS FULL ***  

The MDA and MSU Extension-Broadwater County are hosting a vertebrate pest workshop to train producers, landowners, and pesticide applicators how to identify and manage damage caused by vertebrate pests. Through a combination of presentations and field experience, attendees will learn how to correctly identify the problem pest, determine an action threshold, and implement control measures. This six-hour class will cover ground squirrels, voles, prairie dogs, pocket gophers, and elk.

8am-3pm Thursday June 13 th, 2024

Broadwater County Fairgrounds 4-H Building
189 US Hwy 12 E
Townsend, MT 59644
Cost: $20
Agenda


Recertification credits available in:
(10) Dealer – 5
(32) Ag Vert Pest – 5
(33) Forest Pest – 5
(34) Ornamental & Turf Pest – 5
(39) Demonstration & Research Pest – 5
(45) School IPM – 5
(54) Rodent – 5
(60) Private Agricultural Pest – 6

Pesticide Recertification Training – Fall 2024

Below is a list of fall recertification trainings offered with the date, location, and potential credits to earn at the training. The registration link will be available in August.

October 17th
October 18th
October 22nd
October 23rd
October 24th
October 25th
October 30th

Kalispell
Missoula
Billings
Glendive
Glasgow
Havre
Belgrade

up to 6 credits
up to 6 credits
up to 6 credits
up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits

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MDA Recertification Webinar Series

More trainings coming soon; please check back frequently.

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MDA Self-paced Online Recertification Courses

Note: The cost for each self-paced online recertification course is $20.  After registering, allow at least one day for the link to send. If you register on a Friday or holiday, the link will be sent the following business day. No refunds.

10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
55- Regulatory Weed (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
31-Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
36-Aquatic Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
41-Wood Treatment (1)
42-Livestock Protection Collar (1)
43-Sodium Cyanide (M-44) (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
46-Piscicide (1)
50-Mosquito Abatement (1)
51-Predator (1)
54-Rodent (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
56a-Sewer Treatment (1)
56b-Animal Contraceptive Vac. (1)
56c-Biocide Treatment (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61-Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
62-Private Livestock Protection Collar (1)
63-Private Sodium cyanide (M-44) (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
31-Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
36-Aquatic Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
41-Wood Treatment (1)
42-Livestock Protection Collar (1)
43-Sodium Cyanide (M-44) (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
46-Piscicide (1)
50-Mosquito Abatement (1)
51-Predator (1)
54-Rodent (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
56a-Sewer Treatment (1)
56b-Animal Contraceptive Vac. (1)
56c-Biocide Treatment (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61-Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
62-Private Livestock Protection Collar (1)
63-Private Sodium cyanide (M-44) (1)

Registration

21 - Aerial (1)
31 - Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
30 - Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
36 - Aquatic Pest Control (1)
39 - Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
33 - Forest Pest Control (1)
40 - Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
50 - Mosquito Abatement (1)
34 - Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
46 - Piscicide (1)
38 - Public Health Pest Control (1)
55 - Regulatory Weed (1)
37 - Right of Way Pest Control (1)
45 - School IPM (1)
35 - Seed Treatment (1)
44 - Special Utility (1)
41 - Wood Treatment (1)
10 - Dealer (1)
60 - Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61 - Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
56a - Sewer Treatment (1)
56c - Biocide Treatment (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1) 

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10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
51-Predator (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
54-Rodent (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

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10-Dealer (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
45-School IPM (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)

Registration

0-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
31-Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
36-Aquatic Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
41-Wood Treatment (1)
42-Livestock Protection Collar (1)
43-Sodium Cyanide (M-44) (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
46-Piscicide (1)
50-Mosquito Abatement (1)
51-Predator (1)
54-Rodent (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
56a-Sewer Treatment (1)
56b-Animal Contraceptive Vac. (1)
56c-Biocide Treatment (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61-Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
62-Private Livestock Protection Collar (1)
63-Private Sodium cyanide (M-44) (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
31-Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
36-Aquatic Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
41-Wood Treatment (1)
42-Livestock Protection Collar (1)
43-Sodium Cyanide (M-44) (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
46-Piscicide (1)
50-Mosquito Abatement (1)
51-Predator (1)
54-Rodent (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
56a-Sewer Treatment (1)
56b-Animal Contraceptive Vac. (1)
56c-Biocide Treatment (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61-Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
62-Private Livestock Protection Collar (1)
63-Private Sodium cyanide (M-44) (1)

Registration

10-Dealer (1)
21-Aerial (1)
30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (1)
31-Agricultural Animal Pest Control (1)
32-Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control (1)
33-Forest Pest Control (1)
34-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (1)
35-Seed Treatment (1)
36-Aquatic Pest Control (1)
37-Right of Way Pest Control (1)
38-Public Health Pest Control (1)
39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (1)
40-Ind Inst Struct & Health Related (1)
41-Wood Treatment (1)
42-Livestock Protection Collar (1)
43-Sodium Cyanide (M-44) (1)
44-Special Utility (1)
45-School IPM (1)
46-Piscicide (1)
50-Mosquito Abatement (1)
51-Predator (1)
54-Rodent (1)
55-Regulatory Weed (1)
56a-Sewer Treatment (1)
56b-Animal Contraceptive Vac. (1)
56c-Biocide Treatment (1)
60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (1)
61-Private Aquatic Pest Control (1)
62-Private Livestock Protection Collar (1)
63-Private Sodium cyanide (M-44) (1)

Registration

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MDA Self-paced Initial Category Training - Coming Soon
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EPA - Approved Training Modules

Initial category preparatory courses are available at the Certified Training Institute and are intended to help prepare for category exams. Right-of-Way/Regulatory Weed, Ornamental and Turf, Mosquito Control, Wood-Destroying Pest, and General Structural Pest available.

Right-of-Way/Regulatory Weed
Ornamental and Turf
Mosquito Control
Wood-Destroying Pest
General Structural Pest

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Worker Protection Standards

The WPS protects employees on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses from occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides and covers two types of employees.

What type of Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Training must you Provide?

EPA - Ag Worker Protection Standard

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