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Free Pesticide Licensing Classes in Spanish Offered in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Wash. — A free, five-evening pre-license pesticide applicator training course taught in Spanish will be presented in the community of Rochester. Washington State University Extension is offering the course in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Those who successfully pass an examination at the end of training will qualify for a private pesticide applicator license.

The classes will be held from 6 – 9 p.m., Monday. Mar. 28, through Friday, April 1, at Rochester High School, 19800 Carper Road in Rochester.

Participants who choose to take the licensing exam will be charged a $33.00 WSDA license application fee at the time of the testing. Those who elect not to take the exam will receive a WPS pesticide handler training verification card.

Previously licensed pesticide applicators can earn re-certification credits by attending either the Mar. 28 or Mar. 29 class. Each class will provide licensed applicators three re-certification credits.  There is no charge for either class.

While it’s not required for the class, a Spanish language manual that covers information presented in the training can be ordered through the WSU Publications office. Call toll free to 1-800-723-1763 and request publication Misc0126S, “Manual para Aplicadores Privados de Pesticidas.” The cost for the manual is $16.50 plus tax and shipping.

For additional information, or to register, please contact Don Tapio at WSU Grays Harbor County Extension at 360-482-2934 or