All Illinois Pesticide Applicator Training sessions have ended for this season but will resume late fall 1998. Pesticide testing is still available by appointment at the Illinois Department of Agriculture facilities in Springfield and Des Plaines. No walk-ins will be accepted at these facilities--you must pre-register. To make an appointment at the Springfield office, call (217) 785-2427. For Des Plaines, call (847) 294-4343.
Study materials for the pesticide exam are available through University of Illinois Extension. The best way to study for the exam is to thoroughly read the training manual. If a workbook is available for a testing category, work through all of the practice questions. To order study materials, call the University of Illinois Pesticide Applicator Training automated phone line at (800) 644-2123. If you already know your ordering information, press option #3. To speak to someone directly, press option #5. Someone is usually available to take your calls between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays.
Remember, in Illinois a pesticide-use license is required to apply not only restricted-use but also general-use pesticides in the course of employment. In other words, if you apply pesticides at work or get paid for applying pesticides, you must have a pesticide-use license, regardless of the type of chemical used (dry and liquid included). A person applying a general-use pesticide on his or her own property is exempt from this requirement. However, a license is required to purchase and use restricted-use pesticides. Restricted-use pesticides will be identified as such on the labels. All others are general-use pesticides.