§ 23-25-14. Certification of private applicators Renewal Regulations.
(a) No private applicator shall purchase, acquire, possess, apply, or supervise the application of any pesticide classified for use only by or under the direct supervision of a certified applicator by EPA or by the director without first becoming certified under this section and regulations adopted under this section, except that the pesticide purchase, acquisition, possession, or application may be made without certification if done under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.
(b) The director is authorized to adopt regulations, including but not limited to regulations:
(1) Establishing procedures for filing an application for certification and determining prior experience and qualifications of applicants, the location and nature of their operations, and setting annual expiration dates and type of credentials verifying certification;
(2) Requiring written or oral and, as necessary, other types of examinations designed to enable the applicant to demonstrate his or her knowledge, in accordance with the standards established under § 23-25-10, of pesticides and their effects and his or her competency to handle and use the restricted use and/or limited use pesticides he or she may apply in his or her normal operations or for any special uses for which he or she is being examined;
(3) Establishing an annual certification fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and requiring certified private applicators to keep records of their purchase and use of restricted use and/or limited use pesticides.
(c) If the director finds the applicant qualified, the director shall issue to him or her a certified private applicator's certificate limited to the types of operations or special uses for which he or she was examined, which shall expire one year from the date of issue or otherwise as determined by regulation, unless it has been suspended or revoked prior to the expiration by the director for cause. The director may limit the applicant to the use of certain pesticides or certain uses if deemed necessary to protect the applicant, other persons, or the environment. If a certificate or renewal is not granted as applied for, the director shall inform the applicant, in writing, of the reason for not granting it and, if requested, provide opportunity for a hearing before the director.
(d) The director shall send a renewal application to each certified private applicator at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date, and the director may renew any applicant's certification under the classification(s) for which the applicant is certified subject to re-examination or other requirements imposed by the director by regulation to ensure that the applicator continues to meet the requirements of changing technology and to assure a continuing level of competence and ability to use pesticides safely and properly.
(e) Certified private applicators who, in any year, fail to file a renewal application even though they did not receive a mailed renewal application prior to an expiration date established by regulation shall lose their certification as of sixty (60) days later and prior to that date shall be notified in writing. Those applicators may regain certification under this section by re-examination.
(P.L. 1976, ch. 191, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 23-41.1-14; P.L. 1979, ch. 39, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 133, art. 22, § 3.)