What You Need to Know About the Chlorpyrifos Ban in California

On: February 20, 2020
Chlorpyrifos is an active ingredient in insecticides used primarily to treat agricultural food and feed crops. Chlorpyrifos is a “broad-spectrum, chlorinated organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and nematicide.”[1]  It was first registered for use in the United States in 1965. Chlorpyrifos was designated as a restricted material by the DPR in 2015 and has now been banned from use in California.[2]


Arizona Structural Applicators: License Renewal FAQs

On: February 20, 2020
Structural pesticide applicators in Arizona are required to renew their certification either annually or bi-annually by May 31st.  Here we will answer some frequently asked questions about Arizona applicator licensing, to help you make sure you are ready for your upcoming renewal!

Instructor Opportunity for Aquatic Weed Control Specialist

On: February 18, 2020
Certified Training Institute is looking for an aquatic weed control specialist to join our successful online pesticide exam prep training & continuing education department. Online video training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented pesticide safety instructor.


Pennsylvania Private Pesticide Applicator Renewal: 3/31

On: February 18, 2020
Private pesticide applicators in Pennsylvania are required to renew their certification every three years by March 31st. Here we will answer some frequently asked questions about Pennsylvania private applicator licensing, to help you make sure you are ready for your upcoming renewal!

National Pesticide Safety Education

National Pesticide Safety Education Month!

On: January 21, 2020
February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month! We're celebrating by providing a free Safety Compliance Suite with every purchase of the Worker Protection Standard. 

Cage Trap vs. Live Traps

On: December 18, 2019
Spring is arriving and that means we are going to start seeing more of our vertebrate friends. Sometimes they even make themselves at home where we really wish they wouldn’t! Over the month of April, we’ll be looking at options for managing the vertebrate wildlife that makes itself at home where it’s not welcome.

Why Cover the Trap?

On: December 18, 2019
Our wildlife expert Stephen Vantassel recommends covering at least half of that trap during setting. What? Why would I want to cover my trap? Won’t that make it harder for the animal to find it? Perhaps, but the benefits far outweigh the loss of a little bait scent in the air. In addition to providing cover for that animal to hide, you’ve also hidden that animal from the family dog, the nosey neighbor, and predators that may decide that animal you trapped looks like a tasty snack. Take a look at this short clip from our Cage Trapping Techniques course to see why Stephen always covers his traps.

Professional Cage Traps vs. Retail Cage Traps: Is it worth the difference in price?

On: December 18, 2019
Last week we looked at the difference between live traps and cage traps. This week we’ll be looking at how retail cage traps differ from professional cage traps. As you might suspect, there are multiple differences right down to the spacing between the wires of the cage. We’ve asked our wildlife trapping expert Stephen Vantassel with the Montana Department of Agriculture to describe the differences between retail cage traps and professional cage traps, and how to compensate when all you might have available is a retail cage trap.

You Set a Trap for a Squirrel and You Trapped a Skunk, Now What?

On: December 18, 2019
Imagine this: you’ve set a trap to catch what you think might be a squirrel, groundhog, or rabbit, but when you check it the next day you’ve caught a skunk! What do you do now? At this point, you’re glad you’ve covered at least half of your trap with an old blanket or something similar. Not only do you have a blind side to approach the cage trap, it also provides that skunk someplace to hide. We asked our wildlife trapping expert Stephen Vantassel if he’s ever had this happen to him. Check out the video clip from our Cage Trapping Techniques course for tips on keeping that trapped skunk calm, because let’s face it, nobody wants to be sprayed!

Tips and Tricks to Pass Your Category Exam

On: December 5, 2019
If you are like me, deciding to get your pesticide applicator certification or add a category is a big deal. You’ve spent time looking for the best initial certification course for the best price and now you’re signed up to take the exam. You’ve circled the date on the calendar and the pre-test jitters are setting in. You have questions like “how much should I study? and "what should I study?” Every state's exam may be slightly different but the test taking skills you will need are universal. Here are some of the best exam taking tips to help you pass your exam.