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New Pesticide Testing Information

With recent changes in the testing process, we will all be learning a new way of doing things. This web page is the place to find all the new information: http://pested.okstate.edu/html/new-odaff-testing-procedure

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) has changed the way pesticide applicators test to become certified applicators. All testing will now be a proctored computer based exam that is currently only provided in Oklahoma at eight PSI Services LLC test centers. PSI has test centers located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, McAlester, Woodward, Lawton, Enid, and Ponca City. PSI also has test centers in surrounding states. It is advised to check the PSI website, psiexams.com, to see which locations might be closer that offer ODAFF examinations.

 All pesticide applicators (private, non-commercial, or commercial) must pass the computer exam at a PSI test center to become a certified applicator. Only certified applicators are allowed to purchase and use restricted use pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.). Historically private applicators were able to purchase take home test packets and mail in the exam, but after January 1, 2020 even private applicators will have to test at one of the PSI test centers.

All exams will require an appointment to be made via the PSI website (psiexams.com) or the reservation phone number (1-800-733-9267). Applicators must make an appointment for each exam they wish to take. For commercial applicators, a separate appointment must be made for the core exam and each specific category exam. Each exam will cost $95 (except Private applicators which is $65) and is paid when making the appointment using a valid credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). Cash or check will not be accepted.

To make an appointment online, go to the psiexams.com website and first create an account. The applicator will be asked to put in their email address and other contact information. The applicator’s name should be spelled exactly as it is on the identification that will be used at the test center. When finding an available appointment time, select “Government/State Licensing Agencies” for the organization, next select “Oklahoma” as the jurisdiction, then “OK Pesticide” for the account.  Finally select the appropriate classification for the category exam you wish to take, such as “OK Private Applicator”, “OK Core”, or “OK 1a Agriculture Plant”. By entering your zip code, the nearest test center will appear.

Appointments cannot be made or rescheduled at the testing centers. There are no walk-ins accepted at any of the testing centers. Appointments can be rescheduled or canceled using the PSI website or reservation phone number. Reservations must be rescheduled or canceled two days before the testing date or the applicator will forfeit their exam fees. Do not leave a voicemail when cancelling a reservation, make sure to speak to customer service at least two days before the exam date.

Applicators must arrive at the PSI test center at least 30 minutes before the exam reservation. These 30 minutes will allow time for sign-in, identification check, and familiarizing the applicator with the testing process. If the applicator shows up later than 30 minutes prior to the reservation, or does not show up at all, the exam fee will be forfeited.

Applicators must provide some form of government issued identification, which includes a state issued driver’s license, state issued identification card, US passport, US military ID, or US alien registration card. The ID must be valid (non-expired), signature bearing, and have a photo. The exam fee will be forfeited if the applicator does not provide proper identification.

Study materials will still be available and able to purchase at OSU Extension offices. Visit with your local OSU Extension office, the OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program website pested.okstate.edu, and/or the ODAFF website ag.ok.go to find out more information.  

 http://pested.okstate.edu/html/new-odaff-testing-procedure 

 

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