Montana Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Montana Department of Agriculture- Pesticide Training Program. Our instructor lead video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

Need to obtain your applicator's license? Check out our Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Prep Course!

Online Courses

Montana Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response (#0006QD)

PPE comprises the clothing and devices you wear to protect your body from contact with pesticides. Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers understand the protections and limitations of PPE. Proper PPE
selection, use, and care are essential.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for categories: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 44, 55, 56A, 56B, 56C, and 60.

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Montana Pest Management (# 0006Q7)

After completing this course in its entirety, participants will be able to discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures, give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course has been approved for 1 Credit Hour for categories:  10, 39, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Pesticide Application Procedures (#0006QJ)

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application, read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for categories: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Pesticide Formulations (#0006QB)

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for categories: 10, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (# 0006QC)

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming nontarget organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for Categories: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Pesticide Labeling (#0006Q9)

The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. The information printed on and attached to the pesticide container is the label. By law, pesticide users are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for all categories

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Montana Pesticides in the Environment (#0006QF)

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for Categories: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Planning the Pesticide Application (# 0006QH)

Planning is essential before beginning a pesticide application. To help plan, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, choose what personal protective equipment to wear, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for categories: 10, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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Montana Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct (# 0006QG)

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored.  It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour for Categories: 12, 30, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 55, 56a, 56b, 56c, 60

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State Requirements

How do I get my Montana pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators –

Commercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Public Utility Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Government Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Pass core exam and category specific exams with 80% or better
  • Step 2 – Complete an application form
  • Step 3 – Pay $60 application fee

Non-Commercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Operators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – pass a department exam with a score of 80% or more
  • Step 3 – Attend a department training course
  • Step 4 – Receive training from a certified applicator.

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Montana pesticide applicators license?

  • Private Applicators have a 5-year renewal cycle. Applicators must obtain 6 continuing education credits before their license expires.
  • Commercial, Non-Commercial, Government, and Special Utility pesticide applicators and dealers must renew every 4 years. There are two ways to meet renewal requirements:
    1. Pass the complete licensing exam again.
    2. Obtain 12 hours of training in your license category before your license expires.

Renewal Cycle: 4 years

Renewal Deadline: Differs by category

Commercial

  • Agricultural Vertebrate Pest - 12/31/2017
  • M-44 Sodium Cyanide  - 12/31/2017
  • Regulatory Predator  - 12/31/2017
  • Regulatory Rodent - 12/31/2017
  • Regulatory Weed - 12/31/2017
  • Right of Way Pest - 12/31/2017
  • Aquatic Pest - 12/31/2018
  • Dealer - 12/31/2018
  • Forest Pest - 12/31/2018
  • Ornamental & Turf - 12/31/2018
  • Piscicide - 12/31/2018
  • Special Utility - 12/31/2018
  • Wood Treatment - 12/31/2018
  • Deonstration & Research - 12/31/2019
  • Industrial, Structural and Institutional- 12/31/2019
  • School IBM- 12/31/2019
  • Seed Treatment- 12/31/2019
  • Aerial - 12/31/2020
  • Agricultural Plant Pest - 12/31/2020
  • Mosquito Abatement - 12/31/2020
  • Public Health Pest - 12/31/2020
  • Agricultural Animal Pest - 12/31/2020
  • Other (Sewer Treatment) - 12/31/2020

Private

  • Region 1 - 12/31/2018
  • Region 2 - 12/31/2019
  • Region 3 - 12/31/2020
  • Region 4 - 12/31/2021
  • Region 5 - 12/31/2017

More info on regions found here.

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Montana have?

  • Private Applicators – individuals who apply restricted use pesticides to their own crop, land, or leased lands.
  • Commercial Applicators – individuals who apply pesticides by aerial, ground, or hand equipment by contract or by hire. Pesticides may be applied to land, plants, seed, animals, water, structures, or vehicle.
  • Public Utility Applicators – individuals who apply pesticides to land owned or leased by public utilities. 
  • Government Operators – individuals who apply pesticides for city, county, or state or other government agency to public land or right-of-way or as public service. Government operators can only can only operate in their respective jurisdiction.
  • Non-Commercial Applicators – individuals who are not classified as commercial, public utility, governmental, or private applicators but use restricted-use pesticides.  Non-commercial applicators need to be classified into one of 11 categories and may use restricted-use pesticides on lands owned, rented, or leased by an employer or license holder. 
  • Operators – employees of licensed or certified applicators that do not hold a commercial license. Operators cannot apply pesticides more than 100 miles from the licensed applicator’s physical location. 

What are the categories and subcategories for Montana pesticide licensing?

The State of Montana currently has 23 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. 

Commercial
Category 21 - Aerial
Category 30 - Agricultural Plant Pest Control
Category 31 - Agricultural Animal Pest Control
Category 32 - Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control
Category 33 - Forest Pest Control
Category 34 - Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
Category 35 - Seed Treatment and Elevator Pest Control
Category 36 - Aquatic Pest Control
Category 37 - Right-of-Way, Rangeland, Pasture, and Non-crop Pest Control
Category 38 - Public Health Pest Control
Category 39 - Demonstration and Research
Category 40 - Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control
Category 41 - Wood Product Pest Control
Category 43 - Sodium Cyanide (M-44)
Category 44 - Special Utility
Category 45 - School IPM Pest Control
Category 46 - Piscicide Pest
Category 56 – Other
Government Applicator Categories
Category 50 - Mosquito Abatement
Category 51 - Predator
Category 54 - Rodent
Category 55 - Weed
Category 56 - Other (Sewer Treatment, Biocide, Ect.)

Does the State of Montana offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, nonresidents must be licensed to apply pesticides in their state of residency and pass Montana’s Rules & Regulations exam.

Course Demo


Here is short preview from the Pesticide Hazards and First Aid course.