When can I expect to see my recertification credit records updated online?
From the time you attend a recertification meeting until you see a change online may take 3 to 4 weeks. After the meeting, the course sponsor must send the information to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regional office, where the information from the sign in sheets (name, certification number, date, etc.) is entered into a database. However, as soon as this information is entered into the database, the changes are reflected in the PaPlants website.
During the 2014-2015 winter meeting season, new applicator ID cards with bar codes were issued and new bar code scanners were used at some recertification meetings. By scanning applicator's ID cards, the data can be electronically sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regional office, where the information can be directly uploaded into the PaPlants database. This new technology has the potential to provide updated recertification credit information in the PaPlants database within a week!