ABOUT THE NJDEP PESTICIDE LICENSE
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Pesticide Control Program (PCP) regulations contain information on the training requirements for new (never licensed) commercial applicators and/or operators, as well as the requirements for currently licensed persons and those who have not maintained their license. Under these regulations, a new commercial applicator or operator must attend a PCP-approved basic pesticide training course (such as Core, which is described below) and complete forty (40) hours of on-the-job training in the functions and operations associated with the category of license the individual is seeking to obtain. Recertification of a currently-licensed New Jersey commercial pesticide applicator/ operator is maintained by completing recertification courses in both Core (eight units) and the category being recertified for (sixteen units) within a five-year period.
ABOUT THIS CORE TRAINING PROGRAM
The Rutgers/NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education’s (OCPE) Core Training Program is a basic pesticide training course for those interested in becoming a licensed New Jersey pest control operator and/or applicator. Topics covered during this half-day (four hour) course include:
• Federal pesticide laws
• The New Jersey Pesticide Control Act
• What is IPM?
• Pesticide hazards and how to minimize them
• Proper handling, storage and disposal of pesticides and
• Types of application equipment and use.
This course satisfies New Jersey’s requirement of attending a basic pesticide training course for new applicants.
For more information on pesticide applicator training requirements, please visit http://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/.
IMPORTANT: This is NOT the CORE exam. This is a training course. The CORE exam is offered by the NJDEP. Visit their website for exam application instructions and upcoming exam dates.