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CLASS IS FULL- March 2017 Pesticide Certification: Workshop & Exam
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CLASS IS FULL- March 2017 Pesticide Certification: Workshop & Exam

This class is full. Seats remain for the April 5-6 Pesticide Certification Training Only class.

3/22/2017 to 3/23/2017
When: Please arrive to check in on Day 1 at 7:30 AM; the workshop begins at 8:00 AM
Where: Orville L. Freeman Building
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, Minnesota  55155-2538
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

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Program Description: Prepare for the category A and E pesticide applicator certification exam by attending this 1 ½ day study program.

MDA staff will be administering certification exams on Day 2. You MUST apply and pay for your license online prior to the class date in order to take the exam. Category A & E Exams will be provided on Day 2 of this workshop.

Cost:  Register by March 10:  MNLA Members: $139; Non-Members: $169 | After March 10:  MNLA Members: $159; Non-Members: $189

Register:  To register online, click the registration button above.  

Please note: This instruction program is intended to be a review of information in the study manuals. Applicants must purchase the following three study manuals prior to attending the course:

  • Category A-1: National Pesticide Applicator Core Manual (Jan. 2007)
  • Category A-2: Minnesota Supplement for Category A (Dec. 2012)
  • Category E 2nd Edition: Turf & Ornamentals Pesticide Manual (2014) 

There are two options for ordering (note, when ordering, it will take approximately 1 week to receive your order):
Order online at (click on Extension Publications).
Walk-in and purchase at the St. Paul Book Store. Call 612-624-9200 to ensure availability.

Additional study materials available online at: (choose Pesticide Certification).


Workshop payments to MNLA DO NOT include the cost of the Pesticide Applicator License application fee.

To test and obtain a Pesticide Applicators License, you MUST:

  • Apply and pay for a Commercial or Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator License PRIOR to the workshop. This is done online at – You must print the confirmation page and bring it to the exam. The cost is $75. Contact MDA with license questions - 651-201-6615 or
  • MDA will no longer accept payment for the test at the time of testing. Exams must be applied for and paid for prior to the testing date - March 23.
  • Exams will only be given to those who have completed the application and paid for their exam in advance.
  • You must pass both Category A – Core and Category E – Turf and Ornamental exams by 70%.


8:00-8:50—MDA: Certification and Licensing
8:50-9:50—Integrated Pest Management, IPM (A1,E8)
10:10-11:00—Site Evaluation (E4) and Plant Biology Basics (E3)
11:00-11:30—Weed Management (E6)
12:15-1:00—Insects (E5) and Plant Diseases (E7)
1:00-1:30—Pesticides in the Environment (A7,E2)
1:30-2:00—Personal Protective Equipment (A6), Transportation, Storage, Security (A8) and Emergency Response (A9)
2:20-3:00—Hazards and Fire (A5)
3:00-4:00—Formulations (A4)
4:00-4:30—Federal Pesticide Laws (A2) and Federal Pesticide Labeling (A3)

8:00-8:30—Professionalism (A2) and Safety, Human Health (E10) h
8:30-9:00—Application Plan (A10), Application Equipment (E9)
9:00-9:30—Application procedures (E11)
10:00-10:45—Review by Speakers
10:45-12:15— Study on Own and Ask Questions of Speakers
1:00—MDA Proctored Pesticide Certification Exam (Categories A and E)

Vera Krischik is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and performs research and extension on insects in landscapes, greenhouses, and nurseries. She is interested in developing integrated pest management (IPM) programs that reduce pesticide use, encourage biological control, and use biorational pesticides when appropriate. She teaches a course on landscape IPM that is open to participants in the green industry.


Morning coffee and lunch are included both days.

Two days of metered parking will be provided by MNLA. Parking is available in one of the state-owned, metered parking locations on the Capitol Complex.

Click here for a copy of the Capitol Complex map. A map will also be included in your email registration confirmation. 

A parking code for each day will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

Note:  Securing a parking spot and walking from the lot to the Freeman Building may take additional time.  Please plan for extra time to arrive at the workshop. The workshop will begin promptly at 8:00 AM.


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 MNLA CP: 4 pts. | Level: Fundamental to Advanced

Registration Refund Policy: For all MNLA education events, we will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days prior to the event. If cancellation is received in the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.

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