Maryland requires every commercial applicator (even an out-of-state applicator who was certified based on reciprocity - refer to definition at the end) to attend re-certification training each year between July 1 and June 30 in order to renew his certificate. If an applicator is certified in multiple categories he must attend re-certification for each category in which he is certified. The training does not have to be held in Maryland. In order for a meeting to qualify for re-certification credit in Maryland, it must be submitted to the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) for approval as a re-certification meeting. (Note: Before a meeting can be advertised for re-certification training in Maryland it must be submitted to MDA at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting and be approved). If the meeting has not been submitted by the meeting sponsor for re-certification credit in Maryland, a copy of the meeting agenda can be submitted by the applicator to MDA for approval. In order to become re-certified, an individual must obtain the following credits on an annual basis: Categories 1, 3, 7, 8, and 9 and 13 must receive 8 credits; Categories 2, 5, and 6 must receive 6 credits; Category 10 must attend re-certification training that pertains to the area of their work. All other categories are determined on a case by case basis. (1 credit is equal to one half hour of training.)
In order for a meeting to receive re-certification credit, it must cover new laws, regulations or policies along with new pest control or pesticide technology. Integrated pest management (IPM) principles and methodologies should be incorporated into the program along with a combination of the following topics: pesticide safety; environmental concerns; pest biology; control techniques; storage; and disposal. Sponsors of the re-certification sessions must ensure that individuals needing re-certification credit attend the appropriate sessions and submit documentation to MDA that each individual has satisfied the training requirements. Documentation includes each participant's name, social security number and certificate number. If the meeting was not submitted by the sponsor, documentation of attendance must be supplied to MDA by the applicator. Certificates of completion or similar documentation can be used.
Upon submission of proof of training, MDA will update the certified applicator's training records and a renewal form will be mailed to the applicator in April. If a certified applicator does not attend re-certification training, or provide MDA with proof of attendance, the applicator will have to retake the certification exams by June 30 in order to renew the certificate.
The following is a list of meetings that have been approved by MDA, as of the date listed, for re-certification credit in Maryland. NOTE: It is the applicators responsibility to ensure that the proper documentation i s completed at the re-certification session, and submitted to MDA for credits to be awarded.
Reciprocity is a one-time method for a nonresident of Maryland to obtain certification in Maryland. Certification is based on the applicant taking the certification exams in their current state of residency. To become certified based on reciprocity, a copy of a current certificate from the applicant's current state of residency and a copy of a driver's license must be submitted. Upon approval, the applicant will be notified concerning payment of the necessary fees. Once the applicator becomes certified in Maryland, one must comply with Maryland's laws, regulations and training requirements.
NOTE: A business license or certificate is not considered valid until all the requirements are satisfied and MDA receives the appropriate fees and renewal forms.
4-H ParkDenton, MD
Wye InstituteQueenstown, MD
QA County 4-H ParkCentreville, MD
Northbrook MarketplaceWest Chester, PA
Sussex County, DE
Frederick County UME OfficeFrederick, MD
New Castle County, DE
Kent County, DE
Eden ResortLancaster, PA
Maritime InstituteLinthicum Heights, MD
Duke FarmsHillsborough, NJ
Sheppard Pratt Conference CenterTowson, MD
Maryland Department of AgricultureAnnapolis, MD
Baden Fire HallBrandywine, MD
New Castle, County, DE
Longwood GardensKennett Square, PA
January 17, 2013
NOTE: Those Individuals Certified in Category 10 Can Receive Recertification Credit by Attending Any Approved Session
That Pertains to Your Area of Expertise.
NOTE: Those Individuals Certified in Category 12 Receive Recertification Credit by Attending Any Approved Session That Pertains to Their Area of Expertise.
NOTE: Applicators Certified in the Following Categories WILL NOT BE REQUIRED to Attend Recertification Training During the 2010/2011 License Year - Category 1C (Grain Treatment) 11A (Wood Treatment) and 11B Tributyltin Antifoulant Paint (TBT).
Click on the categories below to go directly to the current listing of re-certification sessions:
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401