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Certified Poultry Technician License

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture trains and licenses certified poultry technicians (CPTs) to act as agents of the Department when collecting poultry samples for testing.  All licensed CPTs may apply for compensation from poultry owners after taking samples from poultry.  People who take the CPT Course are instructed in proper bio-security habits to prevent the introduction and spread of disease.

Licensing: Application Information

The fee for the Poultry Technician license is $10. The license will be issued after the person has successfully completed the classroom training and written and field skills examinations. To apply to take the CPT classroom training, please submit an application, which can be obtained by contacting Stacy Rakocy. A license will be valid for two years, and expires on December 31 of the second year, unless revoked sooner. Poultry technicians who renew past the renewal date will be required, at minimum, to take a written examination to ensure they are aware of current requirements. Please refer to the current version of the CPT User Guide.

2020 Certified Poultry Technician Classes

Four Certified Poultry Technician classes will be held during 2020. Please complete an application if you are interested in attending. Classes will run through the day, so please bring your lunch.

April 7, 2020
This class has been postponed as a result of COVID-19. A new date will be provided as soon as possible. 

at the Livestock Evaluation Center
1494 West Pine Grove Road
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865

This session will include field testing on live poultry following the classroom portion. The training will begin at 10 AM, and should be completed in the late afternoon, depending on the number of students.Please be aware that you will be handling poultry. If you will have contact with poultry after the class, please bring a change of clothing and shoes to follow best management practices for biosecurity.
Applications for this session must be received before March 24, 2020.

July 30, 2020
at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

This session will begin at 10 AM, and will end at approximately 2 PM. Once the classroom portion has been completed, a field test must be scheduled within 6 month with the PDA regional veterinarian's office.

November 17, 2020
at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Room 309
2301 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

This session will begin at 10 AM, and will end at approximately 2 PM. Once the classroom portion has been completed, a field test must be scheduled within 6 month with the PDA regional veterinarian's office.