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Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer multiple opportunities each year for Commercial Pesticide Applicators to renew their licenses. Commercial Pesticide Licenses expire every two years on June 30.

Upcoming Commercial Recertification Classes for 2023-2024

We will hold the following classes in person. Registration is required. Check back for more details or contact the office listed below.

  • November 8, 2023 - Portsmouth VCE 757-393-5314
    • Portsmouth Moose Lodge, Chesapeake, VA
    • Categories 3a, 3b, 5a, 10, 60
    • Registration opening in October 2023
  • February 14, 2024 - Suffolk VCE 757-514-3330
    • Location TBD
    • Categories 3a, 3b, 6, 10, 60
    • Registration opening soon
  •  June 2024 - Chesapeake VCE 757-382-6348
    • Portsmouth Moose Lodge, Chesapeake, VA
    • Categories 3a, 3b, 8, 10, 60
    • Registration opening soon

*Online recertification options can be found at VDACS Recertification Courses.

Upcoming Commercial Certification Review Classes for 2024

  • January 23, 2024 - Virginia Turfgrass Council 
    • Come to the Bay, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
    • More information available here
  • August 2024 - VCE-sponsored event
    • Location TBD
    • More details coming in 2024

Well Water Testing

Do you have a well? Do you know what's in your water? Through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, we offer an opportunity for affordable water testing, help interpreting water test results, and information about addressing problems.

Check back for more information about our Spring 2024 event.

For more information on the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, click here.


Gardening Classes and Workshops

Want to learn more about gardening? Check out our many opportunities offered to the public. Click on the titles below for more information.

Get Gardening! Online Classes (via Facebook Live)

Gardening Talks - Our new series begins February 2023. Recordings available from previous seasons.

Rain Barrel Workshops - Register now for workshops March-October 3023.

Green Thumb Gardening Series - More details for the 2024 program coming soon.

Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale - More details on the 2024 event coming soon.

Fall Gardening Festival - RESCHEDULED October 7, 2023 10:00am-3:00pm


Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Are you interested in learning more about horticulture in order to educate the community? Join us for an orientation session to find out how to apply for the Virginia Beach program.

Orientation for the 2024 program will be Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 10:00am at the Kempsville Recreation Center.

The 10-week volunteer training will be held January-March 2024. In order to apply for the program, you must attend the Orientation Session where you will learn more about the program and receive the application link.


To learn more about what our volunteers do in our community, visit the Virginia Beach Master Gardener website. Also, check out virtual tours of some of our projects below.

Annual Trial Garden Tour

Children's Garden at the Farmers Market Tour

Kitchen Garden Tour

To learn more about the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program, click here.