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The proper and effective use of pesticides depends on the sound judgment of trained applicators. To become licensed to apply pesticides in Maine, individuals must first earn certification through examinations that show proficiency in pest management, pesticide use and safety. The Maine Pesticide Safety Education Program provides certification training and educational materials for all private and commercial pesticide applicators in a collaborative effort between University of Maine Cooperative Extension and our Federal and State partners: the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC).

How many recertification credits have I earned? If you already have your license and you want to check to see how many recertification credits you have accrued, contact the Board of Pesticides Control at 207-287-2731.

Recertification meetings: The Credit Meeting Calendar, maintained by the Board of Pesticides Control, lists approved recertification opportunities, including University of Maine Cooperative Extension recertification training sessions; online and correspondence courses; national conferences and seminars; training sessions in other New England states; and video training tapes for rent. For more information on recertification meetings and credits, contact Gary Fish at the BPC 207-287-2731.

Record keeping & reporting requirements: Pesticide record keeping and reporting are required of commercial applicators, commercial agricultural producers, limited restricted use pesticide dealers, spray contracting firms and monitors. Applicators must keep records for all of the pesticides they used for a period of two years. For more information see: Record Keeping Requirements for Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Record Keeping for Commercial Agricultural Producers.

Pesticide Applicator Logbooks, $3.00 each: Mail your request with a check or money order made to Cooperative Extension to: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pest Management Office 491 College Ave. Orono, ME 04473-1295

More information:

James Dill
PSEP Program Coordinator
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Pest Management Office
491 College Ave.
Orono, ME 04473-1295
Phone: (207) 581-3880 or 1-800-287-0279 (in Maine)

Don Barry
PSEP Program Assistant
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Pest Management Office
491 College Ave.
Orono, ME 04473-1295
Phone: (207) 581-3880 or 1-800-287-0279 (in Maine)

For information on Certification & Licensing, Pesticide Laws & Regulations,
and the Worker Protection Standard, visit the Maine Board of Pesticides Control,
or contact:

Gary Fish
Manager of Pesticide Programs
Board of Pesticides Control
State House Station #28
Augusta, ME 04333-0028
(207) 287-2731