Part 1. INFORMATION ABOUT PESTICIDE OPERATORS
Anyone using pesticides under the
direct supervision of a Commercial Certified Pesticide Applicator
is required to be trained and licensed as a Pesticide Operator.
The only exemption to this requirement for Pesticide Operator
licensing is if the person being supervised always has
the Certified Pesticide Applicator who is supervising them present
at the time and place of application when pesticides are being
Pesticide Operator licensing does not require passing a test.
Instead, the Pesticide Operator must complete a Department approved Basic Pesticide
Training Course and complete forty hours of on-the-job
training in each category of work. The details on what the training
is to cover are listed in the New Jersey Pesticide Control Regulations
at N.J.A.C. 7:30-5.2, and are summarized below under the heading
Required Operator Training. After the Basic Pesticide Training
Course is completed, form VPA-028 is completed and sent in to
the Pesticide Control Program (PCP). Proof of attendance at
the Basic Pesticide Training Course must be included when submitting
form VPA-028. The $30.00 Pesticide Operator license fee is
not to be sent in with form VPA-028.
Form VPA-028, the Initial Application for Pesticide Operator
Licensing, is used for obtaining the Pesticide Operator's first
license. VPA-028 forms will be accepted during any part of the
license year, which expires on October 31st each year.
Upon receipt of the form VPA-028, the PCP generates an invoice
to pay for the license, which is mailed to the Pesticide Operator's
employer. During the time it takes to generate that invoice,
the Pesticide Operator should be undergoing the required forty
hours of on-the-job-training. During the forty hours of on-the-job-training,
the Pesticide Operator must witness or perform a minimum number
of pesticide applications in which the operator is to be involved.
The invoice for the Pesticide Operator's license should be completed
and sent in with the $30.00 license fee only when the forty
hours of on-the-job training has been completed. At the
time the invoice is submitted for payment, the Pesticide Operator
may begin working as if he was licensed, even though the actual
printed license has not been received yet. This temporary working
period is good for 30 days after the post mark date of the license invoice, by which time the printed license
should have been received.
A Pesticide Operator license becomes invalid if the Pesticide
Operator changes employers. The new employer must provide the
proper training and submit the VPA-028 form to obtain a new
license for the Pesticide Operator. If the Pesticide Operator's
employer stays the same but the Responsible Certified Pesticide
Applicator changes, complete the Operator/Responsible Certified Applicator Change Form and
mail to the address indicated at the top of the form. When the
Responsible Certified Pesticide Applicator listed on the Pesticide
Operator's license changes, the Pesticide Operator can still
legally apply pesticides as a Pesticide Operator as long as
he/she is still employed by the same employer and is still working
under the direct supervision of another Certified Pesticide
Applicator. Any changes to the Pesticide Operator license must
be reported to the PCP within 30 days.
Part 2. APPLICATION FOR PESTICIDE OPERATOR LICENSE
Form VPA-028 can be saved as a
Microsoft Word document & completed using your PC, or can be printed
as a hardcopy.
1. Follow the instructions on top of the form.
2. If completing by writing, please print & do so neatly.
3. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
4. If mailing in, send to the letterhead address along with
the proof of attendance at the Basic Pesticide Training Course.
Also, make sure both required signatures are on the form.
5. If sending in electronically, send the completed VPA-028
form (as a Microsoft Word document) as an e-mail attachment to Brittney.Strano@dep.nj.gov.
You will also have to scan your Basic Pesticide Training Course proof of attendance
and make that an e-mail attachment, too. When scanning, save as a jpg file, if possible.
If you have any questions on Pesticide Operator licensing, please
call (609) 984-6652.
Part 3. REQUIRED OPERATOR TRAINING
In order to meet the requirements
for training, a commercial pesticide operator shall: 1. Complete a Department approved Basic Pesticide
Training Course. The Department approved training course
shall provide the commercial pesticide operator with a working
knowledge of, at a minimum, the following information:
(1) The proper use of the application equipment;
(2) The hazards that may be involved in applying the pesticides;
(3) Instructions for mixing pesticides to be used in particular
(4) Protective clothing and safety equipment required during
the handling and application of pesticides;
(5) General precautions to be followed in the disposal of containers
as well as the cleaning and decontamination of the equipment
which the commercial pesticide operator proposes to use;
(6) Applicable State and Federal pesticide laws and regulations;
(7) An understanding of how to correctly interpret pesticide
label and labeling information;
(8) An understanding of the principles of integrated pest management
2. Complete a minimum of 40 hours of 'on-the-job' practical
training sufficient to allow the commercial pesticide operator
to competently perform the functions associated with any applications
in which the commercial pesticide operator is expected to be
involved. The commercial pesticide operator in training shall
witness or perform at least the minimum number of pesticide
applications during the 40 hours of 'on-the-job' training in
each of the following categories of work for which they are
trained. Note: Category 7C-Fumigation
is not listed below because a Pesticide Operator cannot perform
that type of application without a Commercial Certified Pesticide
Applicator being physically on-site to provide close supervision.
Category 11-Aerial is not listed because aerial applications
cannot be done by Pesticide Operators. There are also limits
on the types of applications Pesticide Operators can perform
in Category 7B-Termite & Wood Destroying Pest Control. The use
of pesticides for termite control requires that a Commercial
Certified Pesticide Applicator be physically on-site to provide
|Category of Work
Minimum Number of
|Category 1A - Plant
|Category 1B - Animals
|Category 2 - Forest pest control
|Category 3A - Ornamental
|Category 3B - Turf
|Category 3C - Interior plantscaping
|Category 4 - Seed treatment
|Category 5 - Aquatic pest control
|Category 6A - General vegetation
|Category 6B - Right of Way
|Category 7A - General and household
|Category 7D - Food manufacturing
|Category 7E - Wood preserving
|Category 7F - Antifoulants
|Category 8A - General Public
|Category 8B - Mosquito control
|Category 8C - Campground pest
|Category 8D - Cooling water
|Category 8E - Sewer Root Control
|Category 8F - Pet grooming
|Category 9 - Regulatory pest
|Category 12A - Water Sanitization
|Category 12B - Sterilization
|Category 13 - IPM in Schools
Proof of such applications shall consist of
the records of application signed by both a licensed pesticide
applicator and the commercial pesticide operator in training,
or any other Department approved record. Such records shall
be kept for a minimum of three years and shall be immediately
available upon request by the Department.
A responsible pesticide applicator must be present during any
part of the on-the-job training which requires the
commercial pesticide operator in training to apply pesticides.
As an alternative to the minimum of 40 hours of on-the-job
training required in (b)2 above, the commercial pesticide operator
in training may witness or perform demonstrations of the types
of pesticide applications which the commercial pesticide operator
shall perform in the future. Such demonstrations shall be equivalent
to the on-the-job training except that no actual
pesticide is used in the demonstration.