Questions About Your Pesticide Points? Try Using the PA Plants Website
Posted: February 3, 2016
Is your pesticide license due to expire? Are you wondering how many points you need before March 31st? Are you scrambling to look for upcoming meetings? Here’s a simple way to check!
This time of year, Extension offices are flooded with calls from farmers asking questions about the number of credits they need to maintain their pesticide applicator’s license. For private applicators, licenses expire on March 31 (on a 3-year cycle), so winter meeting season is an ideal time to obtain the necessary recertification credits. So, how do you know if you’ve met the requirements, and are able to renew your license? The answer can be found on your computer-just a few short clicks away!
The PA Plants website is a great place to obtain all kinds of information about your pesticide license. Once on their main page, I would encourage you to register to login into the site. This feature will give you the ability to view all the meetings where you received credits, renew your license by paying with a credit card, and a variety of other tasks. If you choose not to create a login, you can still access the number of credits you need, and when your license will expire. All you need is your applicator ID number and your last name.
From the PA Plants main website, from the menu on the left, select Pesticide Programs, then Applicator Credit/Business Information (see image below).
From there you simply enter your applicator ID number and last name, and you will have access to when your license expires, and the number of credits you need (or if you’ve already met your requirements). This feature is extremely handy for those individuals who have recently attended a meeting for which they need the credits to fulfill a license that is due to expire! You can easily check to see if the credits have been “posted”, and know whether or not you can renew your license. If you create a login, you can instantly renew your license, and credits for meetings you attend in the near future will count towards your new license!
The website is also a great way to look for upcoming meetings. By using the Recertification Course Locator (located just under the Applicator Information button), you can customize a search for meetings in certain counties, by the type of credits given (core, private category, fumigation, etc.). Chances are, when you call the Extension Office and speak to us looking for meetings, we’re surfing this very site as we’re talking to you!
So, whether your license is due to expire in 2016 or not, I’d encourage you to take some time during the winter to explore the PA Plants website; it has a lot to offer. See you at a pesticide meeting soon!