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Written Friday, February 22, 2002  

Pesticide applicators needing help brushing up for the licensing exam are invited to attend special training schools in March.

Ohio State University Extension's Pesticide Education Program is coordinating the training. The main school will take place March 13-14 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio. Also, a one-day training session will be offered March 13 at the Ohio State Extension southwest district office in Vandalia, Ohio.

"New employees, or anyone interested in testing for a commercial pesticide applicator license, are encouraged to attend the school," said Joanne Kick-Raack, program coordinator.

On March 13 at Columbus, applicators may take review sessions in core, turfgrass, general pest and termite management. The following day will feature sessions on industrial vegetation, agronomics, ornamental and core management. The Vandalia location will offer review sessions in core and turfgrass management.

"This training school is an excellent opportunity for individuals to prepare for license exams in these areas," Kick-Raack said.

Study materials will be sent to individuals when they apply for the license, Kick-Raack said. The materials, in combination with the training school, will be helpful to those taking the license exam, she said.

Exams may be taken each training day. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will administer examinations continuously for all categories beginning at 10 a.m. There is no fee for the exam, and current applicators may use the opportunity to add categories. First-time licensees must pay the license fee before receiving test results.

Registration for the training schools is $50 each day if made in advance, $60 if done the day of the events. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. To register, contact the Pesticide Education Program at (614) 292-4070 or visit its Web site at http://pested.osu.edu.

Registrations for the Vandalia training day are due Feb. 27.

To obtain a license application and study materials, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (614) 728-6987. A downloadable license application form also is available on the Pesticide Education Program Web site.


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