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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. Click here to 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.

 

Click here for 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 – SPRING 2024

Overview:  The Montana Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a three-day training designed for those interested in becoming a commercial, non-commercial, or governmental pesticide applicator and/or a pesticide dealer. The training is designed to prepare participants for the National Core Exam in Montana, provide hands-on-exercises, discuss licensing requirements, and learn about available resources. It is intended to provide training for initial certification only.*

The National Core Exam will be proctored on the 3 rd day of the training. Testing is optional, but highly recommended. Reviewing the core manual and passing the subsequent exam with at least an 80% score will allow individuals to obtain their dealers license and is the first step to obtaining a commercial, non-commercial, government, or special utility applicators license. To obtain an applicators license individuals must also pass at least one category specific exam relating to the sites in which they will be working. If you are interested in taking a category specific exam at the conclusion of the Core training, please contact Beth ahead of time.**

Cost:  $75 which includes lunch (the first 2 days) and the core manual. Upon registration, the core manual and an agenda will be mailed to participants.

Times: Training at each location will begin at 8AM daily and end at 5PM, the first 2 days, and around noon the 3 rd day.

*Recertification credits will not be available for attendance at these trainings. 

**For a list of category classifications go to: 

Commercial Applicators or  Governmental Applicators 

For more information, please contact us at 406-438-0097

Click here for Online Registration

Dates and Locations:

  • March 13-15, 2024 - Billings - ** TRAINING IS FULL **

Hampton Inn and Suites
Address: 5110 Southgate Dr, Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 248-4949

  • March 27 – 29, 2024 – Missoula

Hilton Garden Inn and Suites
Address: 3720 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone: (406) 532-5300

  • April 10 – 12, 2024 – Great Falls

Great Falls College Montana State University
Address:  2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: (406) 771-4300

Stephen Vantassel presenting
MDA Recertification Training - In person
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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.

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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.

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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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