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2020 Pesticide Core Manual Review Classes

Prepare for the MDARD Core Pesticide Applicators Certification exam with this review session. The 3-hour review covers the 12 chapters of the National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual. Participants can receive three Recertification/RUP credits in either Private or Commercial Core for those already certified and seeking renewal by seminar credits.

Michigan State University Extension is offering multiple pesticide manual review classes in Central and Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan over the next few months. Each class will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon except for the meeting in Isabella County, 8:30-noon. The registration fee is $20.00. 

The MDARD certification exam will be held following the review at 1 p.m. If you plan to take the MDARD exam be prepared to pay by check (no cash or credit cards) payable to the State of Michigan. The fee is $50 for private applicators and $75 for commercial applicators. MDARD requires that you register for the exam session by registering online. Photo identification is also required.

We recommend participants read and study the Core Manual before attending the review. Copies may be purchased  from the NPSEC Fulfillment Center online at the following link:

Dates and Locations:

Clinton: February 25 - Smith Hall, 800 W. Sickels Rd., St. John, MI 48879

Gratiot: March 13 – Gratiot/Isabella RESD, 1131 E Center St., Ithaca, MI 48847

Isabella: February 13 – Isabella MSU Extension, 200 N. Main St. Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Mecosta: April 6 – Mecosta County Services Building, 14485 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Montcalm: February 20 - 3016 S. Grow Road, Sidney, MI 48885

                 March 11 – Tamarack District Library, 832 S. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview, MI 48850

Newaygo: February 27 – MSU Extension, 5379 West 72nd, Fremont, MI 49412

Otsego: April 7 – Otsego MSU Extension, 800 Livingston Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735

Presque Isle: February 7 – Presque District Library, 181 E Erie St., Rogers City, MI 49779

Shiawassee: March 26 – Caledonia Twp. Hall, 135 North State Road, Owosso, MI 48867 

Wexford: March 16 – Wexford MSU Extension, 401 Lake St., Cadillac, MI 49601

These review classes are intended to help prepare participants for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) specific category certification exams. This is an optional review session, and you are not required to take this class to take any of the MDARD exams. Those attending the review session will receive three RUP recertification credits. The review session will cover multiple chapters of the pesticide core manual.

Registration does not include study manuals. We recommend reading and studying the Core Manual before attending the review. You can order the “National Applicator Core Training Manual & Michigan Private Applicator Addendum” (E3007KITP) or “National Applicator Core Training Manual and Michigan Commercial Applicator Addendum” (E3008KITC) through the National Pesticide Safety Education Center Store website.

Registration for Marach 11 in Lakeview is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 10, 2020.

Registration for March 16 in Cadillac is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2020.

Registration for March 13 in Ithaca is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2020.

Registration for March 26 in Owosso is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2020.

Registration for April 6 in Big Rapids is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2020.

Registration for April 7 in Gaylord is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Christina Curell at 989-287-8617.