To be certified in the CNMI as a Pesticide Applicator an individual must take the Core Exam. The exam administered by CNMI DEQ is based on the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and the CNMI Pesticide Management Regulations. It is the responsibility of the student to study the core manual and the CNMI Pesticide Regulations.
EXAMS are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am-11am at the DEQ conference room. Examinations are limited to seven (7) persons per month.
- June 13
- July 11
- August 8
- September 12
- October 10
- November 14
- December 12
TINIAN & ROTA:
- EXAMS shall be scheduled as requested.
- Individuals may register and schedule to take the exam on Saipan.
Candidates must register at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled examination date. Candidates who submit incomplete registration forms OR do not make the appropriate exam payment will not be allowed to take the exam.
For both Private and Commercial Certification for Pesticide Application an individual must first submit an Examination Application for Pesticide Certification along with a Non Refundable Exam Fee of $10.00 to reserve a seat for the exam day (payment must be made payable to CNMI Treasury).
Please submit to BECQ via: Email to Pesticide program or Fax to (670)- 664-8540.
Each exam is a written, closed-book examination consisting of sixty (60) multiple choice questions. Each candidate has up to two (2) hours to complete the exam. The minimum passing score is 70%.
Examination includes but is not limited to: labeling; safety factors; environmental consequences; pest identification and characteristics; pesticide types, formulations and dilutions; equipment maintenance and calibration; proper storage, use, and disposal of pesticides and containers; pesticide application techniques; pesticide laws and regulations; recordkeeping; worker protection standards; and other relevant information as deemed necessary, including but not limited to new developments and other pertinent matters.
Exam Categories are: Commercial Agriculture, Commercial Resort (Ornamental & Turf), Commercial Institutional (structural, health) and Private Agricultural.
Certification and Fees:
Commercial Applicator (Non Refundable $50.00, New or Renewal)
- Agricultural Pest Control.
Plant. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in production of agricultural crops, including without limiting the foregoing, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, feed grains, soybeans and forage; vegetables; small fruits; tree fruits and nuts; as well as on grasslands and non-crop agricultural lands.
Animal. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides on animals, including without limiting the foregoing, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, horses, goats, poultry, and livestock, and to places on or in which animals are confined. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire, publicly holding themselves out as pesticide applicators, or engaged in large-scale use of pesticides are included in this category. Forest pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed producing areas.
- Forest pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed producing areas.
- Ornamental and turf pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides to control pests in the maintenance and production of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, turf, including the maintenance of resort grounds, golf courses, or green houses.
- Seed treatment. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides on seeds.
- Aquatic pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticide purposefully applied to standing or running water.
- Right-of-way pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in the maintenance of public roads, electric power lines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way or other similar areas.
- Industrial, institutional, structural and health related pest control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use pesticides in, on, or around food handling facilities, human dwellings, institutions, such as schools and hospitals, industrial facilities, including warehouses and grain elevators, and any other structures and adjacent areas, public or private; and for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products.
- Public health pest control. This category includes governmental employees using or supervising the use of pesticides in public health programs for the management and control of pests having medical and public health importance.
- Regulatory pest control. This category includes governmental employees using or supervising the use of pesticides in the control of regulated pests.
Private Applicator: Non Refundable $10.00 (New or Renewal)
- Any person who uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide on property owned or rented by him, who is not a commercial applicator, shall be classified as a private applicator.
Duplicate Certification for Commercial or Private. Non Refundable $10.00 processing fee.
- Applicator previously certified who has misplaced or lost his or her valid DEQ issued Certification for Applicator of Restricted Pesticide.
Temporary Certification for Commercial or Private. Non Refundable $10.00 processing fee.
- Applicator who holds a valid pesticide applicator's certificate issued in another state or territory of the United States haivng an approved state plan. Temporary certification shall be limited to the same type and category of pesticide use for which the applicant is certified.
All certificates are valid for a period of three (3) years. All renewal for certification requires a re-take of the examination with the same procedures and payments.
For best practices you may take the initiative to obtain certification online from the following university sites:
Cornell University: is a leader in online courses (~$25) http://pmepcourses.cce.cornell.edu/
University of Nevada Reno: http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/pesticide/course/
Pennsylvania State University: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/pesticide-education/applicators/recertification/online-courses
University of Tennesee: http://psep.utk.edu/
Last Updated 5/19/2016