Published on 09/19/13

UGA pesticide applicator recertification classes set

By Sharon Dowdy

Certified pesticide applicators need recertification training to renew their licenses. University of Georgia Extension will offer pesticide applicator recertification classes in Valdosta and St. Simons this October.

The Valdosta class is set for Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Dougherty County Extension office. The St. Simons class will be held Oct. 22 at the St. Simons Island Casino from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Valdosta class registration fee is $45 and increases to $55 after Sept. 24. The St. Simons class fee is $50 and increases to $60 after Oct. 14.

Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit for attending each class. This credit can be divided over categories 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 41. Private applicators can earn up to two credit hours.

Experts from UGA Extension, UFL Extension, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Wiregrass Technical College will teach at these classes. The Glynn, Lowndes and Thomas coounty offices of UGA Extension are sponsoring the recertification training sessions.

If the October classes don’t fit into your schedule, another class is set for Dec. 3 in Statesboro. Organized by Bulloch County's UGA Extension office, this class costs $50 through Nov. 25 and then increases $60 for late registrants.

For a complete schedule or to register online, visit the website For more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.