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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 (MDA) is providing a new opportunity for pesticide applicators to take computer-based pesticide exams through the  Metro Institute Centers

The exams are computer-based and allow for instant exam results and analysis. The cost for computer-based pesticide exams taken through Metro Institute is $58. MDA will continue to proctor tests in person and applicators are encouraged to work with staff at their local  MDA Field Office  to arrange a testing time. 

Click here  to sign up for an computer-based pesticide exams through Metro Institute.  Currently, testing facilities are available in Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, and Glendive with more cities to be added in the future

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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: Lisa Hixson 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

Initial certification training covers an extensive amount of material and practical exercises to prepare students for the core exam. Testing is offered at the end of each training. Training fees do not include hotel accommodations. Room blocks have been established at each training location where available, as a courtesy to participants. Registration information will be sent out a week ahead of the training via email.

Class size is limited for each training. Registration closes 7 days before training or when full, whichever is first, and registration and fees must be received by that date. Classes may be canceled if minimum attendance is not met. Bring a photo ID to all trainings.

Cost is $75, includes core manual at check-in.

Class time is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the first two days and testing starting at 8 a.m. the last day


2023 Dates and locations TBD

For more information contact Lisa Hixson at 406.444.3732 or lisa.hixson@mt.gov

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MDA Recertification Training - In person

2022 Dates and Locations TBD

The MDA Pesticide Recertification Training is for licensed pesticide applicators. Commercial, Government, Non-Government, and Dealer Licensed applicators must complete recertification requirements of 12 CEUs every four years to maintain their license. This can be accomplished by attending recertification courses or by retesting.

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MDA Recertification Webinar Series

2022 Dates TBD – Online

The MDA Pesticide Recertification Webinars are for licensed pesticide applicators. Commercial, Government, Non-Government, and Dealer Licensed applicators must complete recertification requirements of 12 CEUs every four years to maintain their license. This can be accomplished by attending recertification courses or by retesting.

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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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