Title: Positive Identification Requirement for Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams
Addressed By Revised 40 CFR Party 171: Yes, 171.103(a)(2)(iii)
Excerpt: People who are candidates for pesticide certification exams should be positively identified before the exam is issued and before any credentials are issued. Currently, there are no national standards for identification of candidates. Further, a CTAG survey of State Lead Agencies (SLAs) indicates that many do not routinely verify the identification of private applicator exam candidates and a significant number do not verify commercial exam candidates. This calls into question the integrity of the entire certification system and provides opportunity for abuse.
CTAG suggests that SLAs, who do not currently ask for any form of identification before administering exams, review their policies, regulations, and laws and consider adopting a mechanism to verify the identification of all individuals taking their exams.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should require positive verification of the identity of all individuals taking a private or commercial pesticide applicator certification exam…