LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) today unveiled a new website – www.michigan.gov/pestexam – to make it easier and more convenient for the state’s 23,000 certified pesticide applicators to find and register for their required examinations.
“We pride ourselves on continuously finding ways to improve our customer service. The website will ease the scheduling process for Michigan’s pesticide applicators who – on average – schedule more than 7,500 exam reservations annually which was previously coordinated directly by MDARD staff,” said Keith Creagh, MDARD Director. “By working with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, we’re able to deliver top notch, 24/7 service making it easier more convenient for businesses to interact with us.”
"This is a perfect example of how technology can be used to improve government service to better meet the needs of citizens and businesses," said David Behen, Chief Information Officer for the State of Michigan. "It's also a testament to the great things that can be done through strong partnerships like the one we have with MDARD, and I plan to continue cultivating those partnerships at both the state and local level."
The website offers users an interactive map showing where available exam sessions are located with counties colored in green. The exam schedule varies statewide to allow applicants an opportunity to take the exam at a time and location that is closest or most convenient. Applicants can now schedule their own appointment through the self-service link at www.michigan.gov/pestexam.
It’s quick, easy, and applicants can print a confirmation from the site and receive an e-mail confirmation. The website also includes links for applicators to obtain the study materials and a frequently asked questions document.
Additionally, the site benefits Michigan 2,100 commercial pesticide application businesses as it pre-populates phone and email information for industry staff responsible for registering multiple applicators.
The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, P.A. 451, as amended and Regulation 636, as amended, require individuals to be either a certified pesticide applicator or registered applicator to apply a pesticide for a commercial purpose or in the course of his or her employment. A person may apply a general use pesticide for a private agricultural purpose without being a certified applicator or registered applicator.
For details on becoming a certified pesticide applicator, visit www.michigan.gov/mda, click on Licensing, Certification, Registration, then pesticides. To schedule a pesticide applicator exam, visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.