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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

Renewal Deadline:
Commercial applicators must renew their certification by June 30 every five years.
Private applicators must renew their certification by September 30 every three years.

CE Requirements:
Every applicator must complete a set number of credits depending on certification category. Credits in each category must be obtained during at least two years of the five year certification period. See chart for details.

State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

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A – Aquatic – 6 credits per 5 year period
B – Public Health – 6 credits per 5 year period D – Dealer – 5 credits per 5 year period
E – Core – No credits required
G – Forest – 6 credits per 5 year period
H – Right-of-Way – 4 credits per 5 year period
I – Regulatory – 6 credits per 5 year period
K – Ag Pest Animal – Livestock/Pet/Poultry – 6 credits per 5 year period
L – Ornament & Turf – 10 credits per 5 year period

M – Seed Treatment – 3 credits per 5 year period
N – Demonstration & Research – 10 credits per 5 year period
O – Ag Pest Plant – 10 credits per 5 year period
P – Aerial Methods – 4 credits per 2 year period – must consist of 1 hour of aerial methods and 3 hours of specialty category
S – Commercial Soil Fumigation – 3 credits per 5 year period
T – Wood Treatment – 4 credits per 5 year period
V/X – Private (V – Safety, X – Specialty) – 2 credits of each per 3 year period
Z(SF) – Private Soil Fumigation – 1 credit per 3 year period

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North Carolina Demonstration & Research 5 Credit Bundle Part I

Online HD Video | Category: N
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains  credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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North Carolina Demonstration & Research 5 Credit Bundle Part II

Online HD Video | Category: N
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 5 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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North Carolina General Safety 5 Credit Bundle Part I

Online HD Video | Categories: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 5 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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North Carolina General Safety 5 Credit Bundle Part II

Online HD Video | Categories: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 5 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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North Carolina General Safety 6 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Categories: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 6 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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North Carolina Ornamental Pest Management 5 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Category: L
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 5 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Ornamental Ornamental
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North Carolina Public Health 6 Credit Bundle - Mosquito Control

Online HD Video | Category: B
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 6 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Public Health Public Health
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North Carolina Right-of-Way 6 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Category: H
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains 6 credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Right Of Way Right Of Way
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North Carolina Turf Pest Management 5 Credit Bundle

Online HD Video | Category: L
This course bundle is designed for North Carolina Agricultural Commercial Pesticide Applicators. The course bundle contains  credits of training approved by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

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Turf Turf
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Annual Bluegrass Resistance Management | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, O, X
Annual bluegrass has historically been an important weed of many, if not most, commodity and specialty crops. The extensive reliance upon herbicides as the primary means of control has led to an almost overwhelming presence of herbicide resistance. This course will discuss the currently reported cases of annual bluegrass resistance to various herbicides and how to develop an effective herbicide program.
 

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Weed Control Weed Control
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Application Equipment and Calibration | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, N, O, X
When pesticide applications become necessary for good turf management, it's important to understand how the application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will provide turf managers with an understanding of the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on turf and how to properly calibrate the equipment.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, G, L, N, O, X
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find a balance between managing pests and protecting pollinators.
 

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Pollinator Pollinator
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Common Ornamental Plant Pests | North Carolina DACS Approved

3 credits: D, L, N, X
Pest management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps from growing a healthy plant that is more resistant to pest damage to correctly identifying the problem when present. This course will cover the most common pests of ornamental plants.
 

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Ornamental Ornamental
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Common Turfgrass Weeds | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. This course will provide applicators with a working knowledge of weed biology, weed identification, and how herbicides work.
 

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Turf Turf
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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Pesticides are a key factor in pest management but it is important to understand what happens to those pesticides after the application. This course will review some key characteristics of environmental factors that can affect how pesticides move and degrade in the environment.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Federal Pesticide Laws | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment. This course addressed the federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use, and 
disposal in the best public interest.
 

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Fungicides and Plant Pathogen Sampling | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
This course provides a basic understanding of how fungicides work, and the basics of collecting plant material samples for testing pathogens. Fungal spores, germination, plant appearance, infections, fungicide mechanism, collection techniques, and collection dos and don'ts are all discussed.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, H, L, N, X
Managing noxious weeds can be a tricky proposition. Applicators need to be aware of both the federal and state noxious weed lists and how that affects management tactics. This course covers several weeds on the federal noxious weeds list as well as other noxious weeds found throughout the southeastern United States.
 

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Weed Control Weed Control
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Intro to Mosquito Control | North Carolina DACS Approved

2 credits: B, D, N, X
To effectively manage a mosquito population as part of an integrated pest management plan applicators must be familiar with mosquito physiology, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and various collection and surveillance methods for both adult mosquitoes and larvae. This course will talk about surveillance methods, mosquito anatomy, and touch on the diseases that are most commonly vectored by mosquitoes in the United States.
 

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Mosquito Mosquito
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IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
IPM of ornamental plants involves multiple steps; producing a healthy plant, correctly identifying the problem, recognizing that there will always be some pests and damage, and only using pesticides as a last resort. This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for ornamental plants, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive landscape.
 

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Ornamental Ornamental
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IPM for Turf Management | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
As a turf manager, you'll need to be more than someone who just applies pesticides. Good turf management requires the use of all the tools in the toolbox. This course will touch on the best practice cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls for turf management.
 

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Turf Turf
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IPM, Insect Sampling, & Calibration | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, N, O, X
Managing your row crops takes time and attention to detail. Your IPM strategy, insect sampling techniques, and pesticide applications all need to work together. This course covers the basics of sound IPM principles, insect sampling techniques, and how to effectively calibrate your equipment to help applicators manage their crop.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Mosquito Management & Control | North Carolina DACS Approved

2 credits: B, D, N, X
Mosquito management is a daunting task for many applicators. When mosquito management is done incorrectly or isn't done at all, mosquitoes can make public spaces unusable. This course will discuss common methods of mosquito controls, everything from physical controls to pesticides, to record-keeping, all as part of a solid integrated pest management approach to mosquito control.
 

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
When pesticide applications become necessary for good ornamental plant management it's important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on ornamental plants, the way to calculate the volume of solution needed, and how to properly calculate the flow rate of the equipment. 
 

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Ornamental Ornamental
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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
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.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean, and Grain Sorghum | North Carolina DACS Approved

2 credits: D, N, O, X
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean, and grain sorghum. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural, or chemical control recommended for each.
 

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Agriculture Agriculture
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Pest Management | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
A pest is an undesirable organism that injures humans, desirable plants and animals, manufactured products, or natural substances. This course will discuss the importance of pest identification in pest control, describe how pest population levels trigger control procedures and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Application Procedures | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Pesticides may be applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips and require the correct equipment for the pesticide as well as the job size and type. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
 

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Termite Termite
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Pesticide Formulations | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
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.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) appear to contain much of the same information. While the label is the law, an SDS is not considered the law. As an applicator, it is important to understand the difference between a pesticide label and a safety data sheet and know what information can be found in each document. This course will review the various parts of pesticide labels and safety data sheets to identify the similarities and differences.

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Planning the Pesticide Application | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Before beginning a pesticide application, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics | North Carolina DACS Approved

2 credits: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information the present.
 

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Law & Regulation Law & Regulation
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Right-of-Way: Pest Management Overview | North Carolina DACS Approved

3 credits: D, H, N, X
Pest management in right-of-way situations can be a challenge. The economic thresholds are different in right-of-way situations compared to either a landscape setting or an agricultural setting. This course provides an overview of pests common to rights-of-way, management solutions, a look at the equipment commonly used to treat rights-of-way, and a review of calibration steps for that equipment.
 

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Right Of Way Right Of Way
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Right-of-Way: Weed Control | North Carolina DACS Approved

4 credits: D, H, N, X
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on right-of-ways and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects, or the environment.
 

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Right Of Way Right Of Way
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Setting up a Mosquito Control Program | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: B, D, and N
Mosquito control programs manage the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage to human health. Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice as mosquitoes are the number one vector of disease globally, spreading many diseases. Mosquitoes can cause significant pain, irritation, and infection from their bites, which are a considerable nuisance. This course outlines mosquito control's components, methods, benefits, and complexities.

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Mosquito Mosquito
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Transportation, Storage, Security, and Professional Conduct | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: A, B, D, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, T, X
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products, and how to communicate these issues with customers.
 

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Basics & Safety Basics & Safety
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Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests | North Carolina DACS Approved

1 credit: D, L, N, X
There are a variety of diseases, disorders, insects, and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. This course will give applicators and turf managers an overview of these common pests and strategies for their management.
 

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Turf Turf
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