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Nevada Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training

Nevada Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Program

Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

State and federal laws require that only certified applicators may apply or supervise the application of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUP). To become certified in Nevada, applicators must pass an exam administered by the Department of Agriculture. Please contact any Department of Agriculture office to schedule an appointment. Individuals wishing to become certified will have an opportunity to attend limited training sessions and limited testing sessions.

Nevada certified applicators are able to renew a current or valid certification by accruing pesticide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This is an optional way of renewal, as a certified applicator may also renew by re-examination. Should a Nevada certified applicator choose the CEU renewal option, that applicator will need to accrue 12 total CEU, with at least 2 of the CEUs being in "Laws." The CEUs must be obtained during the applicators valid certification period. There is no "grace period." To renew your certification by CEUs, download and complete the RUP Application and Continuing Education Record Renewal Summary.

As of July 1, 2017, pesticide applications at public buildings, public schools, all Federal (BLM, USFS, etc.), State, County, City or other municipality properties, including County or State owned golf courses and City, County or State Parks, must be made by a Licensed Government Applicator or a licensed pest control company. Additional information can be found on the Nevada Department of Agriculture website. Licensed Government Applicators can renew by re-examination or by accruing pesticide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Should a Nevada Licensed Government Applicator choose the CEU renewal option, that applicator will need to accrue 12 total CEUs, with at least 2 of the CEUs being in "Laws." The CEUs must be obtained during the applicators valid certification period. There is no "grace period."

Licensed pesticide applicators are those persons who apply pesticides for hire. To become licensed, an applicator must pass a more rigorous exam administered by Nevada Department of Agriculture. There are specific requirements for education, experience, and background checks for licensed (for-hire) applicators. Licensed applicators must complete six hours of continuing education units, including 1 hour of safety and 1 hour of law each year to keep their business license. If licensed applicators apply restricted use pesticides, they must be certified as well as licensed. Should a Nevada certified applicator choose the CEU renewal option, that applicator will need to accrue 12 total CEU, with at least 2 of the CEUs being in "Laws." The CEUs must be obtained during the applicators valid certification period. There is no "grace period." To renew your certification by CEUs, download and complete the RUP Application and Continuing Education Record Renewal Summary.

Approved CEU classes can be viewed by visiting the Licenced Applicator CEUs website or the Certified Applicator CEUs website.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has made the "Nevada Pesticide Applicator's Certification Workbook" (SP-87-07, revised 2018) available for downloading. Please note, this file is about 1.7 MB (370 pages) to download and requires Adobe Acrobat to view. You may also purchase both the Nevada Pesticide Applicator's Certification Workbook and the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual at your local Nevada Cooperative Extension office. These two manuals are sold as a set for $15.00. You may also order the manual set online and have it delivered to your home for $20.

Regulatory Updates

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 586/ Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) Chapter 586: Pesticide Registration and Pesticide Use on Marijuana

  • Every pesticide that is distributed, sold, or offered for sale within this State, or delivered for transportation, or transported in intrastate commerce, shall be registered with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
    • Registrations require an annual renewal
    • $125.00 for each pesticide registered
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, sell, or offer for sale in this State any pesticide:
    • Not registered in the State
    • Unless it is in the registrants or manufacturers unbroken immediate container and there is affixed to such container the required information.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer to sell at the retail level, or distribute or deliver for transportation for delivery to the consumer or user, a restricted-use pesticide that is not registered with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
    • Restricted-use pesticide Dealer registrations expire on December 31, and are renewable annually at a fee of $25.00.
    • All licensed dealerships are required to submit RUP sales reports on or before the 15th day of each month (even if that dealer has not sold any RUP's during that previous month), and maintain a record of all RUP sales for two (2) years showing:
      • date of sale or delivery
      • name and address of person to whom the product is sold
      • brand name and EPA registration number of the pesticide
      • amount of pesticide sold
      • certification / license number
      • expiration date
      • certification / license categories
  • A marijuana establishment or medical Marijuana establishment may use a pesticide in the cultivation and production of marijuana, edible marijuana products, marijuana products and marijuana-infused products if the pesticide:
    • Is exempt from registration (25b) product or is allowed to be used on Crop Group 19, hops or unspecified crops or plants
    • Has a label that allows the pesticide to be used at the intended site of application
    • Has a label that allows the pesticide to be used on crops or plants intended for human consumption.
  • The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) will establish and publish a list of pesticides not illegal to use on marijuana or medical marijuana. NDA will accept requests from pesticide manufacturers and marijuana establishments to add pesticides to the list. This list is updated periodically and can be found on NDA's Pesticide Use on Medical Marijuana webpage.
  • The complete NRS Chapter 586 and the complete NAC Chapter 586 are available online.

Soil Fumigant Phase 2 Labels Take Effect

As of December 1, 2012, a final set of soil fumigant product label changes went into effect, fully implementing important new protections for workers and bystanders. The amended product labels incorporate the second and final phase of mitigation measures required by the EPA's 2009 Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium/metam potassium, and dazomet. Fully implementing the new risk mitigation measures represents a sea change in worker and public protection. These measures will help protect workers, handlers and bystanders from exposure to potentially harmful airborne concentrations of the fumigant pesticides.

The new measures appearing on soil fumigant Phase 2 labels include buffer zones and posting, emergency preparedness and response measures, training for certified applicators supervising applications, Fumigant Management Plans, and notice to State Lead Agencies who wish to be informed of applications in their states. Measures added to labels in the first phase of implementation included Phase 1 Fumigant Management Plans, good agricultural practice requirements, and new worker protection measures among other things. Phase 1 labels were approved in 2010.

After December 1, 2012, only soil fumigant products bearing the Phase 2 measures may be sold and distributed by registrants. Distributors and retailers who are not registrants may sell and distribute existing stocks of products bearing Phase 1 labels until their supplies are exhausted. Likewise, growers and applicators may apply products bearing old labels until those supplies have been exhausted.

The newly approved labels are available through the Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS) at www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppls. Visit the Office of Pesticide Programs' Soil Fumigant Toolbox at www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/soil_fumigants/ for more information about soil fumigants and new requirements for their safe use.

New Restrictions on the Use of Chlorpyrifos

EPA is requiring significant reductions in application rates of pesticide chlorpyrifos, and mandatory buffers around sensitive sites to protect children and other bystanders who live, attend school, play, or otherwise spend time next to sites where chlorpyrifos is applied. Read more: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2012/chlorpyrifos.html

To increase protection for children and other bystanders, the lower application rates and other spray drift mitigation measures ensure that any chlorpyrifos exposure outside the application site will not reach harmful levels. Maximum aerial application rates are being significantly reduced from about 6 pounds per acre to about 2 pounds per acre. Other new mitigation measures include buffer zones for ground and aerial applications around sensitive sites such as residential lawns, homes, sidewalks, outdoor recreational areas, and all property associated with buildings typically occupied by people.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NPDES permit for Aquatic Pesticide

On October 31, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NPDES permit for Aquatic Pesticide applications was signed. Congressional action was ineffective in further delaying implementation of the permit.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Water Pollution Control (BWPC) has issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit NVG870001 for pesticide discharges in the State of Nevada. This permit authorizes qualifying operators to discharge pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides and insecticides to Waters of the U.S. provided that they comply with all permit conditions.

Pesticide applicators who exceed the thresholds found in the permit are required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) for their discharges. Applicators are encouraged to review the thresholds and plan ahead for next year's applications.

More information can be found at http://ndep.nv.gov/bwpc/pesticide.htm

A copy of the NDEP notice of decision can be found at http://ndep.nv.gov/bwpc/docs/nvg870001_notice_descision.pdf

Fumigants

EPA is requiring important new safety measures for the soil fumigant pesticides chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/potassium, and methyl bromide. For an EPA fact sheet on the implementation schedule and changes, see www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/factsheets/sfm-implementation-sched.pdf.

For more information on specific fumigants and management plan templates, go to: www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/soil-fum-chemicals.html. To access the EPA Soil Fumigant Toolbox, go to www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/soil_fumigants/

As of January 1, 2012, applicators currently holding fumigation certification Category L will be required to complete certification requirements to obtain at least one fumigant sub-category to maintain their certification. Sub-categories include L1 (commodity fumigation); L2 (rodent burrow fumigation); L3 (soil fumigation) and L4 (structural fumigation). For information on trainings and requirements for applicators, call Jon Carpenter at Nevada Department of Agriculture, 775-353-3715.