As per State Regulations 333 CMR 10.08(3)(f) and further outlined below, individuals maintaining a valid Massachusetts Pesticide Credential must be recertified every three-years. The following list includes those individuals whose three year recertification period ends no later than 07/01/2015 and who were sent an audit letter by mail in April of 2015. If your name is on the list, please check to see that your audit was submitted and that you do not owe any additional contact hours. If you need an additional copy of your 2015 Recertification/Audit Form, please contact Hoang Vo at 617-626-1818 or email to Hoang.Vo@state.ma.us.
If you fail to complete your 2015 Audit for compliance with the Department's recertification requirements, a Calendar Year 2016 Renewal Form will NOT be sent to you in the Fall of 2015. You will NOT be able to renew the applicable credential(s), but instead will have to take the applicable pesticide exam(s) again in order to maintain those credentials.
Need Credits for your 2015 Audit?
For more information on workshops to earn Contact Hours (continuing education units) for your recertification, please visit the MDAR Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education (PACE) and UMASS Pesticide Education Program Websites.
2015 Recertification/Audit Due Date: 08/14/2015
List of Specific Individuals with Audits Due in 2015
If you are Audited in 2015 for your compliance with the Department's recertification requirements, outlined in 333 CMR 10.08(3)(f) through (g), and fail to comply with your Audit/Recertification requirements, than you will not be eligible to renew your Calendar Year 2016 pesticide applicator credential, but must take the applicable pesticide exam again, re-examination, to be licensed. All the information you need to navigate the re-examination process, including--study material order forms, exam registration applications, exam schedules, etc. is found in the Pesticide Examination and License Information Bulletin.
Your Recertification Requirements
The Massachusetts regulations for licensing both pesticide applicators and pesticide dealers require all certified and licensed pesticide applicators and licensed dealers to be re-certified every three years either by re-examination or attendance at pre-approved recertification training programs a.k.a. continuing education workshops.
Licensed pesticide applicators are required to attend six (6) hours of recertification classes in a three year period. Certified applicators, both commercial and private, are required to attend twelve (12) hours of recertification classes PER CATEGORY for each three year period in which the particular certification category is maintained. Licensed pesticide dealers are required to attend three (3) hours of recertification classes in a three year period.
Your Recertification Due Date
The Department no longer completes the Audits for Recertification on the exact third anniversary of Massachusetts pesticide licensure. Some years ago, the recertification and audit process was revised; such that, all three-year recertification cycles end on June 30th or July 1st in the third-year of the three year recertification period. As a result, all licensees are Audited for recertification in the same time period and new licensees are actually given a little extra-time.
The first three-year recertification/audit cycle sets the year based on whether the license/certification credential is issued in the first half of the calendar year or the second half of the year. Any variability in the system evens out in subsequent 3-year recertification/audit cycles as they all run from July 1st to June 30th three years out from the first cycle.
As shown in the sample tables above, the initial Recertification/Audit date depends on whether the credential was first issued before or after the month of July (07/01). Those credentials issued after June 30th have a Recertification/Audit cycle end date that is bumped to the next Calendar Year. Those credentials issued after June 30th bump have a Recertification/Audit Cycle end date that is bumped to the next Calendar Year. This might seem a bit confusing, at first, but if you look at the examples in the above "Initial Three-Year Recertification/Audit Cycle" document, it becomes quite clear.
All individuals maintaining a Massachusetts pesticide credential will have a three-year recertification cycle end-date that is July 1st in the third-year of your recertification cycle or period. This date is at least three-years from the date on which your Massachusetts pesticide credential was first issued. Your specific three-year recertification end date, (mm/dd/yyyy), is normally printed above your license on the form sent to you when the license is first issued and each year; thereafter, upon renewal.
If you have any questions about your specific three-year recertification cycle(s) or the year in which you may be recertified, please call or send email to the program contact above. If sending your request by email, be sure to provide your first and last name and your Massachusetts pesticide license number.
Your Requirements for Recertification and Audit Compliance
Each year the Department conducts an audit or recertifies select individuals maintaining a Massachusetts Pesticide Credential. All applicators that need to be recertified will be sent audit letters requiring them to submit proof of attendance at Department approved recertification training programs a.k.a. continuing education workshops.
Remember it is your responsibility to maintain the contact hour certificates for your recertification. Do not send your contact hour certificates to the Department unless you are sent an audit letter. The Department does not maintain your contact hour certificates for you or receive them from any party other than you.
If you have met your recertification requirements, than you should be in possession of the needed training certificates; which, document the required number of contact hours earned. Please be sure to make copies of your training certificates and retain them for your records. Then submit both the original recertification training certificates and your signed audit letter to the attention of the Pesticide Program - Audits. Please be sure to retain copies for your records before mailing the originals to the Department. Once we receive your audit response, we’ll evaluate your contact hours for recertification.
If you haven’t earned the required contact hours needed for recertification, you may be able to find pre-approved workshops providing contact hours for recertification by using the following resources:
- the MDAR Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education (PACE) Approved Programs website;
- the University of Massachusetts Extension or UMEXT Pesticide Education Program (PEP) website;
- the applicable trade or professional organizations e.g. New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA) and Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA); and
- the Massachusetts licensed pesticide dealers in your area.
There are also a number of online or web-based training programs available; whereby, you may earn up-to one-third of your required contact hours. Please review the Department’s PACE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
page for more details about online training limitations.
You have until the due date of your audit to respond by producing documentation of your contact hours. If you have maintained your recertification requirements over the three-year recertification period, this will provide you with sufficient time to submit your required documentation.
Failure to Comply with Your Recertificaton Requirements
As outlined in the Massachusetts Pesticide regulations, individuals who do not obtain the required number of contact hours for recertification will be required to recertify by reexamination. Please note that failure to respond to the audit letter will be treated as a failure to meet the recertification requirements.
Please note that those individuals with a commercial certification credential, who fail the recertification audit, will also be required to reexamine. These individuals CANNOT "fall-back" to a commercial license, but must take either the applicable commercial certification exam(s) or applicator license again in order to be issued a Pesticide Applicator credential for use in the 2016 Calendar Year.