Certified Fieldperson Details & FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a license?

A Certified Fieldperson is an (industry) employee who is trained and certified to conduct official Grade "A" dairy farm inspections in the same manner a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) inspector would inspect a dairy farm.

What fees are required? How long is the license good for? Is it pro-rated?

$150 good for 3 years from the certification date. It is not Pro-rated.

How do I apply for a license?

An individual must apply for a license by using the paper application or online application.

Are there any special requirements to obtain a license?

Yes. You need to work with a dairy inspector on 25 farms and agree within 80% on those farm inspections.

Who do I contact for an inspection?

An individual who is interested in being a Grade "A" Certified Industry Fieldperson should contact the Lansing office at 800-292-3939.

Steps to Becoming a Certified Fieldperson in accordance with the Grade "A" Milk Law of 2001

A Certified Fieldperson is an (industry) employee who is trained and certified to conduct official Grade "A" dairy farm inspections in the same manner a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) inspector would inspect a dairy farm.

Steps to becoming a Certified Fieldperson:

  • Complete application ($150 application fee--license is good for 3 years and is prorated in 6 month increments).
     
  • Contact the Lansing Office at 800-292-3939 to arrange dairy farm inspections with a dairy inspector.
     
  • Applicant must inspect 25 farms with the MDARD inspector, correctly matching 80% or better of the inspector's debit items. NOTE: For renewal of a Certified Fieldperson license you must complete 10 farm inspections. 
     
  • Requirements can be found in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, Section 5 (see below).
     
  • Requests for additional information can be made by email to MDA-DairyInfo@Michigan.gov
     

Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance of 2017