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Understanding New Pesticide License Types & Numbers In conjunction with the Executive Office of Energy and Environ- mental Affairs (EEA), the Massachusetts Department of Agricul- tural Resources (MDAR) Pesticide Program continues to implement the new online pesticide licensing system known as the Environmental Information and Public Access System (EIPAS). Pesticide Applicators and Dealers access this new online system through the ePLACE Portal. In the ePLACE Portal indi- viduals create accounts and submit applications for exams and licenses. While this new system allows individuals to update their records online with changes to their email, mailing address, employer, and insurance information, it also provides a new process for assigning pesticide license numbers—in a manner that is more descriptive of the Credential Type and functional for purposes of payments, issuance, and maintenance. Distinct Pesticide License or Credential Types The Department’s Pesticide Program offers examinations and licenses to sell or use pesticides in four distinct license types and one permit type as listed below: Commercial Pesticide Applicator (Core) License Needed to apply pesticides on the property of others for hire Commercial Certification Pesticide Applicator License Needed to use or supervise the use of products classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) or State Restricted Use Pesticides and all subsurface liquid termiticides Private Certification Pesticide Applicator License Needed to use products classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) or State Restricted Use Pesticides for the production of agricultural commodities on land owned or controlled by the applicator or his/her employer Pesticide Dealer License Needed to sell any products classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) or State Restricted Use Pesticides Catch Basin Permit Needed to apply dry formulations of mosquito larvicides to storm drains or catch basins by municipal, state, or federal government employees As some will recall, the Department’s previous Pesticide licensing system, designed in the late 1980s, employed a very simplistic system of issuing pesticide license numbers. It issued one pesti- cide license number to the individual and assigned that license number for all license types applied for by that person. In that system, an individual’s Dealer License Number was the same as their Commercial Applicator License Number or their Private Certification License Number used in agriculture. While this might at first glance seem like a good idea, it turns out that both individuals and the Department need to treat these credential types distinctly as we work to maintain these records and pro- vide the public with online access to verify them. As licensed individuals know, the different pesticide license types are applied for and renewed separately, issued separately, and each has unique training requirements. In some rare cases, indi- viduals even have different employers with different contact information for the different pesticide license types; for example, an individual may be a pesticide applicator for one company but sell Restricted Use Pesticides with the Dealer License for another company. In the old system, an individual’s record had only one address, one phone number and one employer. All license appli- cations and renewal forms used the same address, employer, and insurance infor X][۸%][Y][ܛX][ۈY\B]X[H\K[H[][\H\YۙY[X]H\XYHX[HB\\HZYܘ]Y[H[\ۛY[[[ܛX][ۈ[XXX\\[H RTTKH]\[H\[YHX[H\H\Yۚ[[HH]\]B[]\\Yۘ][ۈ]HY[[وXX \][Y[\H]\ܜ\ۙHXYXX[H܈\BZ]\YY \H]\\H\\]YHHX[H\HH\[܈\ [H\\YY]\\YBXY[ݚYH][Y][[܈ܛو]\BX[H\˂S\X]܈X[H ܙJB[Y\X[\YX][ۈX[B]]H\YX][ۈX[BX[\X[BЈ]\[\Z]H]X[[\[HX]XXܙY[X[\H\[Nš[]YX[X^HݚYH[\Y\[۝X[ܛX][ۈ]\[\]YH]\X[\ܙY[X[\K[]YX[]\]H\܈\ۈTPHܝ[X[]Z\[\]YB[[ܛX][ۈ[]X[X^H]H][\HX[B\\[Y] []YX[X^H\]K[]܈]^\KXXX[H\B]]YX[H\X[H\\ˈZ]\KH\\ BY[8&\\XYHܘ[H\[XHX\ۈXXX[B\H\[x%[\ۜH[ܘ[Y[܈\\]Z\YX[ێ܈^[\K][\[܈]HۙHX[H\B[HX][[\X[H\H[YXY[X]K۝[YY^YJBMPPHU \[X\ N