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What is the relationship between certified Commercial Applicator and a Registered Technician?

An applicator who has not completed all of the requirements for Commercial Applicator certification can be certified as a Registered Technician.

Registered Technicians must operate under the direct supervision of a commercial applicator when applying restricted-use pesticides. However, once certified, Registered Technicians can apply general-use pesticides without supervision.

Registered Technicians have demonstrated competency in "the basics" of pesticide safety by passing the Registered Technician exam. However, they have not demonstrated competency in category-specific aspects of pest or pesticide management. Thus, Registered Technicians cannot operate a licensed Pesticide Business. They must rely on a certified Commercial Applicator for pest and pesticide management decisions specific to their category -- for example, pest identification, control tactics, and timing.

Uncertified prospective Registered Technicians must be trained by a Commercial Applicator who is certified in the category corresponding to his/her work duties before taking the RT exam.

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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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