12 Hour Pesticide Core Standards Training Course and Exam

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COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

This course is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This certification course benefits both you and the general public. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and implement a broad range of pesticide application best practices.
  • Be able to describe and integrate important regulatory requirements related to labeling, hazard management, environmental issues, and application procedures.
  • Outline the different types formulations, equipment, and PPE used in the pesticide industry.

Pesticide Applicator Certification

1. Pest Management

Pest Control Over the Years
Pest Recognition
Pest Management Methods
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Effectiveness of Pest Management Programs

2. Federal Pesticide Laws

The Need for Regulation
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Pesticide Registration
Tolerances
Pesticide Reregistration
Violations and Federal Penalties
Federal Pesticide Regulations under FIFRA
Other Federal Laws
Federal Recordkeeping Requirements

3. Pesticide Labeling

EPA Approval of Pesticide Labeling
The Label
Types of Pesticide Registration
When to Read the Pesticide Label
Parts of the Label
Other Label Resources
Safety Data Sheets

4. Pesticide Formulations

Formulations: An Overview
Liquid Formulations
Dry or Solid Formulations
Other Formulations
Pesticide Mixtures
Adjuvants

5. Pesticide Hazards and First Aid

Toxicity, Exposure, and Hazard
Potential Harmful Effects of Pesticides
Exposure—How Pesticides Enter the Body
Product Toxicity and Health Concerns
Factors Affecting Response
Symptom Recognition
First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning
Antidotes

6. Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment
Good Work Practices
Protect Yourself from Pesticides
Protect Your Body
Protect Your Eyes
Protect Your Respiratory System
Maintaining Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment

7. Pesticides in the Environment

The Environment
Pesticide Characteristics
How Pesticides Move in the Environment
Preventing Pesticide Drift
Sources of Water Contamination
Preventing Surface Water and Groundwater Contamination
Preventing Harmful Effects on Sensitive Areas and
Nontarget Organisms
Protecting Endangered Species

8. Transportation, Storage, and Security

Transportation
Storage of Pesticides in Buildings
Pesticide Site Security

9. Emergency Response

Emergency Response Planning
Fires
Pesticide Spills

10. Planning the Pesticide Application

Selecting the Pesticide
Reviewing the Pesticide Label
Determining Pesticide Compatibility
Following Safe Mixing and Loading Practices
Cleaning and Disposing of Pesticide Containers
Applying Pesticides Correctly
Cleaning up after Mixing, Loading, and Application
Professionalism

11. Pesticide Application Procedures

Application Methods
Safety Systems
Application Equipment
Equipment Calibration
Calculating Area
Calculating the Application Rate
Techniques to Minimize Drift

12. Professional Conduct

Pesticide Security and Supervision
Public and Customer Communications

13. Final Exam

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