Florida Pesticide Applicators Now Have a New Training Option!

Florida pest control professionals including public, private, and commercial pesticide applicators can now complete their required core continuing education using approved online video training courses. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has approved 10 new online video pesticide courses from continuing education credit. These new video courses are available 24/7 and can be completed on any internet connected phone, tablet, or computer.

Mississippi State University partnered with Certified Training Institute to produce high quality video training courses with an actual instructor on screen walking students through each topic. These are the same great courses that you would normally have to travel to a classroom to attend, but now they are much more convenient for everyone! On-screen instructor Gene Merkl discusses each topic and uses real world examples to help you apply the materials to your daily work. These courses cover exactly what you need to know as a working professional.

Online video pesticide courses approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture for core credit:

Pesticide Application Procedures
Pesticides in the Environment
Federal Pesticide Laws
Pesticide Formulations
Pesticide Hazards and First Aid
Pesticide Labeling
Pest Management
Planning the Pesticide Application
Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response
Transportation, Storage, Security, and Professional Conduct

These courses are based on the National Pesticide Core Standards and are approved for core credits in Florida as well as many other states. Gene Merkl, the instructor, is a licensed landscape architect, former nursery owner, and currently the Pesticide Education Coordinator for Mississippi State University Extension Service.

These training courses are available 24/7 and can be taken at your convenience. The do not have to be completed in a single sitting, and you can come and go as you please.

To register and start you pest control continuing education courses simply click this link (Online Pesticide CE Courses) or call 1-800-727-7104 and one of our personal course advisors can walk you through getting set up.


The Fun We Had in 2016!

Wow! What a year we have had. 2016 has proven to be very productive for Certified Training Institute.  Not only have many new courses been released, but we’ve entered several new industries and even moved into a whole new facility. Let me take a moment and give you a recap:

Our new larger location is 3135 Logan Valley Road in Traverse City, which is in beautiful northern Michigan where the snow gets deep this time of year and the eagles fly overhead. We built an in-house studio with new enhanced equipment to give our video and narrated courses the feel of being right in the classroom.

We partnered with Mississippi State University to produce a line of video pesticide education that has set a new standard in online pesticide training. The education is available across the nation and has already been approved to fulfill continuing education requirements in over dozen states.

Real Estate Online Continuing Education is now approved and available in eight new states to go along with our Michigan real estate salesperson and broker prelicensure courses:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

UAS/Drone Technology is one of our latest topics in online education, and boy has it made our on staff pilots happy. Of course, we had to purchase a droned to create the videos. Be sure to watch for drone specific blogs and newsletters highlighting new designs, uses and features that are quickly invading the world of drones.

Personal Safety and Self Protection education, which should be mandatory in every industry that requires employees to work after hours or all alone, has been added to our curriculum. Preston “PT” Taylor has over 20 years of experience in teaching people to protect themselves and it has been a pleasure to make his expertise and techniques available online.

We’ve expanded our Architect continued education to include a Successful Building Design Series developed by Wayde Hoppe, a professional registered Architect who combines illustrations with narrated discussion to create a comfortable, interesting, and easy-to-understand fashion. Wade will be walking his students through various levels of new construction, renovation, and additions.

Our journeyman plumbing exam preparation course in full video is instructed by Ken Knightlinger, well known plumbing instructor, as well an inspector for fire protection and mechanical. Ken will make sure aspiring plumbers pass that journeyman plumbing exam on your first try and go in to the industry equipped with the knowledge to succeed.

Thank you very much for your support throughout the year and your trust in our online education. We are excited to get started with 2017.


11 States That Have Architect License Renewals in 2016

It is important to always stay on top of your architect license renewal requirements so there are never any problems or delays causing your license to lapse. Failure to renew your license will automatically cause your license to expire and be voided.

In 20216 there are 11 States that require license renewals. Listed below are the names of the states, the renewal deadline, and the required continuing education.

Alabama architects need 12 hours of Health Safety, and Welfare (HSW) approved continued education (CE) every year January 1st through December 31st.


Arkansas licensed architects must complete 12 hours of CE based on approved HSW topics every year by July 31st.


Illinois licensed architects must complete 24 hours of CE every 2 year licensing period by November 30th of even years.


Louisiana licensed architects must complete 12 hours of CE based on approved HSW topics by December 31st each year.


Massachusetts licensed architects must complete 12 hours of continued education annually. 8 of those hours must be approved Health, Safety, and Welfare topics.


Missouri architects must complete 24 hours of CE by October through December every other year depending on when licensed. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics.


Nebraska licensed architects must complete 24 hours of continuing education courses biennially. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics. Those with last names beginning with letters L through Z expire on December 31, 2016.


Nevada architects must complete 8 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics every year by December 31st.


Oregon architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics. Registrations that end in an even number must be renewed by December 31st of each even numbered year.


Wisconsin architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses by July 31st of even years. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics.


Wyoming architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics. Licenses expire on December 31st of the year following the year of issued.

AIA members are required to complete 18 hours of AIA approved continued education annually, with a minimum of 12 of those hours in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). This requirement was changed in late 2013 after the AIA found that Sustainable Design (SD) education fell in the HSW category.