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Is there a minimum age requirement to be a certified pesticide applicator in Virginia?

According to regulatory specialists with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Office of Pesticide Services), the minimum age for applicators seeking to become certified as a registered technician or a commercial pesticide applicator in Virginia is 18 years of age.

The minimum age for applicators seeking to become certified as a private applicator in Virginia is 16 years of age. These age restrictions are by agency policy, based on interpretation of Virginia state labor laws concerning the employment of minors. They are not part of the Virginia Pesticide Control Act or its regulations.

It is quite likely that most states have similar minimum age requirements. Please check with your state departments of agriculture or labor if you are seeking information for areas outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. (5/16/05)

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Online Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a free online training and testing program (Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, FACT)

Upon successful completion of this online training program, users meet the requirements of becoming a Virginia Certified Fertilizer Applicator as administered through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The link to the FACT website is http://www.ext.vt.edu/fact and complete instructions on how to access the system, enroll in the training, complete the training and testing, and contact information for any questions are provided.

 
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