On the Cidelines Newsletter 2020
Closed Book Exams
New federal regulations make it mandatory for pesticide certification exams to be closed book. Starting January 1, 2020, test takers will not be allowed to have any reference materials during certification exams except for materials provided by proctors.
DEC has revised exams and provided additional handouts to address these new requirements. We do not anticipate a change in pass/fail rates.
New handouts provided by proctors will include a copy of Pesticide Regulations and an expanded Formula Sheet.
Many labels prohibit spraying if bees are present. In Alaska, bees are foraging around the clock during summer months. You can assume that if flowers are present, bees ar present as well. Whether or not you visibly see any bees, spraying on or near flowering plants violates labels with pollinator protection statements.
Did you Know?
The most significant sources of nectar for foraging bees in Alaska are:
- Clover (several types)
Am I Certified?
Not unless you have received your certification card!
Just because you have passed the exams does not mean you are allowed to begin commercial application or obtain RUPs.
In order to become certified you must:
- Pass required examinations
- Submit proof of insurance
- Pay $25 licensing fee
Only when all three requirements have been met will DEC issue a certification number and print a certification card for you.
Regulations require that you have the certification card with you or posted at your business.
Pesticide Inspection Violations 2019 (to date)
|Complaint Investigations /Other||7|
|Record Keeping||3||Commercial applicator not certified||18 AAC 90.300|
|Record Keeping||1||Technicians not being provided adequate instructions||18 AAC 90.300|
|Record Keeping||5||Required information not recorded||18 AAC 90.420|
|Record Keeping||1||Storage area inadequate||18 AAC 90.615|
|Agricultural-WPS||1||Failure to comply with any WPS requirements||18 AAC 90.020 & 600 (compliance with label)|
|Complaint Investigations / Other||3||Non-certified applicator||18 AAC 90.300|
|Complaint Investigations / Other||1||Failure to post information for application to public place||18 AAC 90.630|
|Complaint Investigations / Other||1||Pesticide drift||18 AAC 90.610|
|Complaint Investigations / Other||2||Pesticide misuse - application to non-approved site with potential for harm to human health. 1 prosecuted ciminally. 1 pending.||18 AAC 90.600|