FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2018) – Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles today announced a state partnership that will open a new career path for Kentucky high school students.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has added Agricultural Pesticide Applicator Certification to the list of qualified KDE industry certifications in a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). The certification would qualify students to immediately enter the pesticide application industry upon graduation, putting Kentucky high school graduates at the top of the list of candidates for these positions. This opens a wide range of career transition readiness pathways for Kentucky high schools students.
The partnership plans to offer pesticide applicator certifications in the following categories: agricultural pest control, forest pest control, ornamental and lawn care, golf course turf care, interior plantscape care, and sports turf care.
Adam Hinton, CEO of Hinton Mills in May’s Lick, Ky., says the new pesticide applicator certification helps both Kentucky agricultural pest management businesses looking to hire and Kentucky students looking for work.
If you are a Kentucky teacher interested in offering agricultural pesticide applicator certification at your school, contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at (502) 573-0282.