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Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education

(Not Available for Agricultural Certification)

Renewal Deadline: Applicators must renew their licenses every five-years by June 30th.

CE Requirements:
Licensed in 1 phase - 10 CCUs
Licensed in any 2 phases - 15 CCUs
Licensed in all 3 phases - 20 CCUs
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State-approved Online Pesticide Courses

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Structural Applicators are broken into 3 phases depending on the work performed.

Phase P - Household Pests
Phase W - Wood Destroying Pests
Phase F - Fumigation

Individuals licensed in one phase must complete 10 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to the appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in two phases must complete 15 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.
Individuals licensed in three phases must complete 20 CCUs including 5 solely applicable to each appropriate phase.

Applicators may complete half of the required CCUs online in each recertification cycle. The balance must be completed in a classroom setting.

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Bat Damage Management | North Carolina Approval #0F519

1 CCU: Household Pest
The site of a bat hanging around a structure can be unnerving to most clients. Finding one inside a home is even more unsettling and can send the homeowner into a panic. This course will talk about the identification of bat issues, fundamentals of bat control, and a few health issues that can be quite costly for wildlife control operators and clients.

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Bed Bugs: Overview and Management | North Carolina Approval #0F509

2 credits: Household Pest
Structural applicators know that managing a bed bug infestation is difficult on many levels. This course looks at the history of bed bugs, current integrated pest management approaches to preventing and managing an infestation, and several of the chemical options available when your non-chemical controls and methods have failed.

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Control & Management of Unprotected Birds | North Carolina Approval #0F523

1 CCU: Household Pests
Unwanted birds can pose a problem for applicators and their clients. Some people love to feed the birds and spend hours watching birds. Once birds have become established in an area they can be difficult to control or deter. Though this course will focus on the control and management of unprotected birds, some of the techniques covered will help with the management of protected birds when a permit is issued.

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Environmental Fate and Transport of Pesticides | North Carolina Approval #0F520

1 CCU: General
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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Federal Pesticide Laws | North Carolina Approval #0F500

1 credit: General 
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare and preventing harm to the environment in North Carolina. This course addresses 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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General Structural Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F515

1 credit: General
2 credits: Household Pests

As certified or licensed professionals we have legal responsibilities that we must fulfill in every job that we do. Not only do have to control pests, but we also have to do the paperwork and legwork that documents our applications. This course reviews the basics of general structural pest management.

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German Cockroach Control | North Carolina Approval #0F527

1 CCU: Household Pest Control
German cockroaches can be a difficult pest to control. The temptation for most pest control operators is to reach for the pesticide right away, but there is much more involved in controlling a German cockroach infestation. This class will focus on an eco-friendly approach to German roach control strategies in the most difficult environments.

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History of Integrated Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F528

1 CCU: General
What is integrated pest management? The reality is nobody can agree on what integrated pest management is. This course will cover what IPM is and what isn't and how to be practical about IPM strategies.

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Inspecting Structures for Wildlife | North Carolina Approval #0F525

2 credits: Household Pests
If you do not diagnose the problem correctly you will spend a lot of time treating something that is not there. Identify correctly and gather evidence and determine the extent of potential problems. This course will cover the basics of what to look for while inspecting a structure that has potentially been invaded by wildlife.

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Management of Raccoons - Part A (Basic) | North Carolina Approval #0F529

1 CCU: Household Pest
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This basic course provides an overview of raccoon biology, damage, and control measures that can be taken. Additionally, this course will cover safety protocol and legal requirements of wildlife control.

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Management of Raccoons - Part B (Advanced) 1 CCU #0F530

1 CCU: Household Pest
Because the management of raccoons is a detailed process, this topic is split into two courses: basic (part A) and advanced (part B). This advanced course provides an overview of baiting principles and the different types of traps recommended for raccoons. This course will also touch on diseases carried by raccoons and how to humanely dispatch trapped raccoons.

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Management of Woodpeckers | North Carolina Approval #0F531

1 CCU: Household Pest
There are many species of woodpeckers and they are all protected, so managing them requires careful and diligent observation. This course will cover differences between species and common behaviors. It will also cover many non-lethal methods of control and legal requirements for lethal control.

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Mice: The Ubiquitous Commensal Rodent | North Carolina Approval #0F522

1 CCU: Household Pests
One of the challenges with house mice is that clients don't take house mice seriously. It's amazing how people will move heaven and earth when rats are around, but when it comes to mice they will simply say "oh, it's just a mouse!" This course will help educate applicators on the risks of allowing house mice to remain in a structure.

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Mosquito Identification | North Carolina Approval #0F508

3 credits: Household Pest
Correct identification of each mosquito species is an important step to managing the mosquito population in your area. Each species of mosquito has its own preferred habitat and breeding environment. This course covers the preferred habitat, breeding ground, and physiological differences between five major species of mosquitoes found throughout the United States.

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Mosquito Management & Control | North Carolina Approval #0F511

2 credits: Household Pest
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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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | North Carolina Approval #0F504

1 credit: General
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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Pesticide Formulations | North Carolina Approval #0F502

1 credit: General
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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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | North Carolina Approval #0F503

1 credit: General
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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Pesticide Labeling | North Carolina Approval #0F501

1 credit: General
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users. By law, pesticide users in North Carolina are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.

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Pesticide Labels and Safety Data Sheets | North Carolina Approval #0F521

1 CCU: General
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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Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics | North Carolina Approval #0F512

2 credits: General
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 present.

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Respiratory Protection | North Carolina Approval #0F513

1 credit: General
When the pesticide label requires a respirator it's important to know how to use a respirator safely. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.

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Rodents and Other Vertebrate Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F514

2 credits: Household Pest
An animal with a backbone or spinal column is called a vertebrate. A few vertebrates, such as rats and mice, are common pests in urban and industrial areas. Others are not pests in their normal habitats but may occasionally become pests when they conflict with humans. This course looks at basic management of common vertebrate pests. Be sure to understand all the regulations that apply in your geographic area before attempting to control vertebrate pests.

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Structure Infesting Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F516

3 credits: Household Pests
Having a clear understanding of the hierarchy of insect classification is important. It helps us better understand the background of our pest decide the best course of action in controlling the pest. This course will cover some of the structure infesting pests commonly encountered by structural pesticide applicators and technicians.

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Structure Invading Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F517

3 credits: Household Pests
As a pest control technician, it's important to be familiar with the pests in the region as well as where they reproduce. In some cases, it is difficult to determine if the designated living space is inside or outside. This course covers the identification and management of pests that generally live outside but will invade a structure if the conditions are favorable.

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Termite Inspection and Treatment | North Carolina Approval #0F526

1 credit: Wood Destroying
Inspecting and treating termites can be a difficult process. Being familiar with common types of construction is extremely helpful. This course is a tour of the Mississippi State University Extension termite training facility. The facility consists of 12 different stations, each representing an area of a building or home where termites could enter the structure.

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Understanding Rodenticides & Their Labels | North Carolina Approval #0F518

1 credit: General
Rodenticides are becoming a widely discussed and concerning topic in the pest control field. There is a growing public concern at the risk of secondary and non-target poisonings when rodenticides are used. As a pest control operator is it your responsibility to understand how rodenticides work and how to read their labels. This course discusses the common types of rodenticides, their appropriate application, the risks involved with the use of each type of rodenticide, and takes a look at specific label language.

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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | North Carolina Approval #0F506

2 credits: Household Pest 
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including identification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat, and tracks. It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in North Carolina as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.

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Wood-Destroying Pest Management | North Carolina Approval #0F524

4 credits: Wood Destroying Pests
2 credits: General

Termites are just one of the many wood-destroying pests found throughout the United States. Carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and wood-damaging fungi can also cause severe structural damage if not properly managed. This course will cover the primary wood-destroying pests found through the country, the recommended treatments for each of those pests, and the primary sources of excess structural moisture.

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