OREGON PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

When is an Oregon pesticide license required?

  • Buying, applying, or supervising the use of RUPs
  • Advising others on the use of RUPs
  • Applying pesticides to someone else’s property (private or public land)
  • Applying pesticides as a public employee using machine-powered equipment and/or applying RUPs
  • Applying pesticides on school properties????????

How do I get an Oregon pesticide applicator's license?

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Pass the appropriate exams – Study with exam prep for the Core, Turfgrass, and Mosquito exams.
  3. Fill out an application form
  4. Pay the licensing fee
    • Commercial Pesticide Applicator* - $50/year
    • Commercial Pesticide Operator* - $90/year
    • Immediately Supervised pesticide Trainee - $50/year
    • Pesticide Apprentice - $50/year
    • Pesticide Consultant - $40/year
    • Pesticide Dealer - $75/year
    • Private Pesticide Applicator - $25/5 years
    • Public Pesticide Applicator - $50/year
      *Fee depends on the number of major categories
  5. Submit your form and fee to ODA

Does the State of Oregon offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes,

  • Private applicators with valid Washington or Idaho Private licenses.
  • Other categories are determined on a case-by-case basis. ODA must have the same category.

What is the fee for taking the Oregon pesticide applicator exams?

$58 per exam

What are the pesticide applicator licensing fees in Oregon?

  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator* - $50/year
  • Commercial Pesticide Operator* - $90/year
  • Immediately Supervised pesticide Trainee - $50/year
  • Pesticide Apprentice - $50/year
  • Pesticide Consultant - $40/year
  • Pesticide Dealer - $75/year
  • Private Pesticide Applicator - $25/5 years
  • Public Pesticide Applicator - $50/year
    *Fee depends on the number of major categories

How do I schedule an Oregon pesticide applicator exam?

Call 877-533-2900 or visit the Metro Institute website. You must have your legal name and Social Security Number available.

Where can I take the Oregon pesticide applicator exams?

  • Albany – Linn-Benton Community College
  • Astoria – Clatsop Community College
  • Bend – Central Oregon Community College
  • Burns – Treasure Valey CC: Harney Co Outreach
  • Coos Bay – Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Eugene – University of Oregon
  • Gresham – Mt. Hood Community College
  • Hermiston – Blue Mountain
  • Klamath Falls – Oregon Institute of Technology
  • McMinnville – Chemketa
  • Ontario – Treasure Valley Community College
  • Oregon City – Clackamas Community College
  • Pendleton – Blue Mountain Community College
  • Portland – Portland CC: Rock Creek Campus
  • Roseburg – Umpqua Community College
  • Salem – Chemeketa Community College
  • The Dalles – Columbia Gorge Community College
  • White City – Rogue
  • Wilsonville - Clackamas

What materials should I study for the Oregon pesticide applicator exams?

Many study materials are available through the ODA: www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Pesticides/Licensing/Pages/ExamsStudyMaterials.aspx

  • Law and Safety Exam (Available in English and Spanish)
    • Oregon Core Manual Addendum
    • National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual – Try our online Core Exam Prep Program!
    • Oregon Reviced Statutes Chapter 634
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 634
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 603 Division 57
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 109
    • Spanish: Manual para Aplicadores Privados de Pesticidas (EM020S) WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800-723-1763, http:// pubs.wsu.edu
  • Private Pesticide Applicator License Exam (Available in English and Spanish)
    • Oregon Pesticide Safety Education Manual (EM 8850), OSU Extension Service, 1-800-561-6719, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
    • Oregon Pesticide Licensing Guide
    • Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 634
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 603 Division 57
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 109*
    • Spanish: Manual para Aplicadores Privados de Pesticidas (EM020S) WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800- 723-1763, http:// pubs.wsu.edu • How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PNW 591), OSU Extension Service, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
    • Worker Protection Standard, OR-OSHA – Online EPA Approved Worker Protection Standard!
  • Pesticide Consultant License Exam
    • Agriculture Herbicide Study Manual
    • Oregon Pesticide Safety Education Manual (EM8850), OSU Extension Service, 541-737-2513 or 1-800-561-6719, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
    • Oregon Pesticide Licensing Guide
    • Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 634
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 603 Division 57
    • Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340 Division 109
    • Introduction to Insect & Disease Management, (EM051), WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800-723-1763, http://pubs.wsu.edu
    • Pacific Northwest Disease Control Handbook
    • Pacific Northwest Insect Control Handbook
    • Pacific Northwest Weed Control Handbook
    • How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PNW 591), OSU Extension Service, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
  • Demonstration and Research Category Exam
    • Demonstration and Research Pest Control
  • Agriculture Category Exams
    • Agriculture - Herbicide
      • Weeds of the West
        Chemeketa Community College Bookstore, 503-399-5131, http://bookstore.chemeketa.edu/home.aspx
      • Agriculture Herbicide Study Manual
        Chemeketa Community College Bookstore
    • Agriculture - Insecticide/Fungicide
      • Introduction to Insect and Disease Management (EM051), WSU Bulletin Office, http:// pubs.wsu.edu, 1-800-723-1763
      • How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PNW 591), OSU Extension Service, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
    • Agriculture - Livestock Pests
      • Pest Management Principles for the Pesticide Applicator, 1b Agriculture Animal, Cornell University, 607-255-4111, http://store.cornell. edu/c-876-pmep-manuals.aspx
    • Agriculture - Soil Fumigation
    • Agriculture - Vertebrate Pests
      • Animal Damage Control in Washington (EB1147) Part 1-9
      • Controlling Moles (EC0987)
      • Controlling Ground Squirrel Damage to Forage & Field Crops (EC1429)
      • Controling Pocket Gopher Damage to Agricultural Crops (EC 1117)
      • Meadow Voles and Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, and Croplands (PNW 627)
    • Ornamental and Turf Category Exams
      • Ornamental and Turf - Herbicide
        • Turf and Ornamental Weed Management Principles (EM035), WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800- 723-1763, http://pubs.wsu.edu
        • Turfgrass Pests, University of California, available online at http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/ r785700999.html
      • Ornamental and Turf – Insecticide and Fungicide
        • Introduction to Insect and Disease Management (EM051), WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800-723-1763, http//pubs.wsu.edu
        • Turfgrass Pests, University of California, available online at http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/ selectnewpest.turfgrass.html
        • How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PNW 591), OSU Extension Service, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
      • Public Health Category Exam
        • Public Health Pest Control (EM034), WSU Bulletin Office, 1-800-723-1763 or order online at http://pubs.wsu.edu
        • Pesticides and Public Health: Integrated Methods of Mosquito Management
        • EXTOXNET Collection
        • Public Health Pesticide Control, Pesticide Applicator Training Manual (SP318), University of Florida, 352-392-1764, or ODA website
        • West Nile Virus brochure
      • Regulatory Weed Control Exam (Public Applicator Only)
        • Noxious Weed Policy & Classification System
        • Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 569 or Oregon Department of Agriculture, 503-986-4621
        • Rights-of-Way Vegetation Management (Oregon Edition) (EM 8863)
        • Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon
        • Administrative Rules Chapter 603, Division 052, section 1200
        • Weed Identification System CD, XID Services 800-872-2943, http://xidservices.com
      • Seed Treatment Category Exam
        • Oregon Seed Treatment Training Manual

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Oregon have?

  • Agriculture
    • Herbicide
    • Insecticide/fungicide
    • Vertebrate pest
    • Livestock pest
    • Soil fumigation
  • Aquatic
  • Consultant
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Forest
  • Industrial, Institution, Health, and Structural
    • General pest
    • Structural
    • Moss Control
    • Space Fumigation
    • Wood Treatment
  • Marine Fouling
  • Ornamental and Turf
    • Herbicide
    • Insecticide/Fungicide
  • Private
  • Public Health
  • Regulatory Predator
  • Regulatory Weed
  • Right-of-Way
  • School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – covers the use of pesticides on school campuses
  • Seed Treatment – the use of pesticides on seeds

What are the pesticide license types in Oregon?

  1. COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSE is a license for a person to:
    • Apply or supervise the application of ANY pesticide (general use, restricted use, organic, and 25b products) on the land or property of others while employed by a Commercial Pesticide Operator.
    • Apply restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) to non-agricultural land or property that belongs to you or to your employer (e.g., golf courses, resorts, feed mills, etc.).
    • Apply general use pesticides (including organic and 25b products) on the property of any Oregon pre-kindergarten, public and private K-12 schools, community colleges, federal Head Start programs, Oregon School for the Deaf, Oregon Youth Authority residential academy, or education service districts (IPM in Schools law, Oregon Revised Statutes 634.700-750).
    • Supervise an Immediately Supervised Trainee or Pesticide Apprentice.
    • Provide others with technical information about restricted-use pesticides. You are only allowed to provide information in the specific application category(ies) listed on your license.
    • Solicit to apply pesticides to someone else’s property, even if you don’t charge them.
    • Required exam(s): Laws & Safety and at least one category exam 2.
  2. COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE OPERATOR LICENSE is a license for ANY business that makes pesticide applications (general use, restricted use, organic, and 25b products) to the property of others.
    • If the business is some type of a corporation, at least one employee must be licensed as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
    • If the business is a sole proprietor or partnership, the owner, or at least one partner, must be licensed as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
    • License categories of the Commercial Pesticide Operator license must match the type of pesticide work that will be done and must also be on the Commercial Pesticide Applicator license of the qualifying person(s) for the business.
    • A Commercial Pesticide Operator may only use licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicators, Pesticide Apprentices, or Pesticide Trainees to make pesticide applications with matching license categories for the work being conducted.
    • The business must provide proof of insurance to maintain their Operator's license.
    • The Operator license cannot be issued to a public agency.
    • Required exam: None
  3. IMMEDIATELY SUPERVISED PESTICIDE TRAINEE LICENSE is for individuals who work under the supervision of a Commercial or Public Pesticide Applicator. Trainees may only make applications within their supervisor's categories.
    • The supervising applicator is responsible for training the Immediately Supervised Trainee AND,
    • Must always be on-site with the trainee when making pesticide applications, and
    • Be able to reach the trainee’s location within five (5) minutes.
    • Required exam: None
  4. PESTICIDE APPRENTICE LICENSE is available for individuals who work under the supervision of a Commercial or Public Pesticide Applicator. Apprentices may only make applications within their supervisor's categories.
    • The supervising applicator is responsible for training the apprentice.
    • The supervising applicator does not need to be onsite when the apprentice is making pesticide applications, BUT the apprentice must always be able to reach the supervising applicator .
    • The Pesticide Apprentice is not a certified applicator. In order to renew this license, beyond the first year, the apprentice will need to attend eight (8) hours of approved continuing education classes. The eight hours must consist of at least four (4) hours of CORE credits. If the apprentice does not accrue the required credit hours, they will need to retake the Laws & Safety exam to re-license.
    • Required exam: Laws & Safety
  5. PESTICIDE CONSULTANT LICENSE is required for a person who provides technical information on restricted-use pesticides. This is not an applicator license.
    • Required exam: Pesticide Consultant The Demonstration and Research category may be added to the Consultant License which allows a person to conduct demonstration plots and/or research trials of pesticides.
    • Required exam: Demonstration and Research
  6. PESTICIDE DEALER LICENSE is required for each pesticide sales facility that sells, offers for sale, handles, displays, or distributes restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) to pesticide users.
    • Dealer licenses expire on December 31st of each year and are renewable annually
    • Dealers must prepare and maintain sales and distribution records for all restricted-use pesticides for a period of three (3) years. (Oregon Administrative Rule 603-057-0140).
    • Required exam: None
  7. PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSE is needed to purchase, apply, or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) on land in agricultural production that a person, or their employer owns, leases, or rents. This includes farmland, rangeland, forests, greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, etc. No pesticide license is needed to apply “general use” pesticides.
    • The license AND certification are valid for a period up to five (5) years.
    • Required exam: Private Pesticide Applicator
  8. PUBLIC PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSE is required of employees of federal and state agencies, counties, cities, municipalities, irrigation districts, drainage districts, soil and water conservation districts or other special districts, public utilities, and telecommunication utilities who in the course of their work:
    • Use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides, (RUPs) and/or;
    • Use machine-powered equipment to apply any pesticides (general or restricted)
    • Apply pesticides (including organic and 25b products) on the property of any Oregon pre-kindergarten, public and private K-12 schools, community colleges, federal Head Start programs, Oregon School for the Deaf, Oregon Youth Authority residential academy, or education service districts
    • Required exam: Laws & Safety and at least one category exam. 3 Step # 2 Suggest
  9. WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISM (WDO) INSPECTIONS WDO inspectors who provide pest reports to lending institutions (e.g. FHA, VA), for property transactions may need a license number to complete these federal forms. A Commercial Pesticide Applicator license with the IIHS - Structural Pests category may be used for pest inspections but is NOT required by the state. This license does not confer any special authorization to conduct these inspections. Contact the Construction Contractor’s Board for home inspector requirements at 503-378-4621 Ext. 4900

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OREGON PESTICIDE APPLICATOR RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

What is the renewal cycle for my Oregon pesticide applicator license?

  • Apprentice – Annual
  • Private – 5 years
  • Public/Commercial/Consultant – 5 years

What is the renewal deadline for my Oregon pesticide applicator license?

  • Apprentice – December 31st
  • Private – December 31st
  • Public/Commercial/Consultant - December 31st

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

Yes:

  • Apprentice – 8 Credit Hours including 4 hours of core.
  • Private – 16 Credit Hours including 4 credits of core. (Maximum of 8 per year)
  • Public – 40 credit hours (Maximum of 15 per year)

How do I renew my Oregon pesticide applicator license?

  1. Complete the state required continuing education
  • Apprentice – 8 Credit Hours including 4 hours of core.
  • Private – 16 Credit Hours including 4 credits of core. (Maximum of 8 per year)
  • Public – 40 credit hours (Maximum of 15 per year)
  1. Log in to the state site to renew: https://mylicense.oda.state.or.us/plsapex/
  2. Pay the appropriate renewal fees
    • Commercial Pesticide Applicator* - $50/year
    • Commercial Pesticide Operator* - $90/year
    • Immediately Supervised pesticide Trainee - $50/year
    • Pesticide Apprentice - $50/year
    • Pesticide Consultant - $40/year
    • Pesticide Dealer - $75/year
    • Private Pesticide Applicator - $25/5 years
    • Public Pesticide Applicator - $50/year

*Fee depends on the number of major categories

Are your courses state approved for Oregon pesticide applicator re-certification credits?

Yes, they are approved by the ODA

Who submits my continuing education to Oregon?
We will submit your continuing education to the DBA at the end of one business week.

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WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD FAQ

How does your Worker Protection Standard course work?

$159 will train up to 25 employees or $399 will train unlimited staff as often as needed. Employees can watch the video course individually or all at once Certificates will be available for each worker at the end of the course

Who is an Agricultural Worker?

An agricultural worker is anyone who works in a field that has been sprayed with pesticides within the last 30 days or does high-contact agricultural tasks such as weeding, moving irrigation equipment, pruning, and harvesting. Workers DO NOT handle pesticides.

Who is a Handler?

A handler is anyone who assists with applications, mixes, loads, or transfers pesticides into application equipment, cleans repairs, or maintains application equipment, works on equipment that has been used to mix, load, or apply, disposes of pesticides or materials with pesticides on them, acts as a flagger, performs tasks as a crop adviser, or applies pesticides.

Which Establishments are Required to Provide Worker Protection Standard Training?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) applies to all establishments involved in growing, producing, or maintaining for sale agricultural plants (including ornamental plants). This may include, but is not limited to:Nurseries, garden centers, or other similar operations where plants are maintained for sale (retail or wholesale). All Crop producing farms.  Dairy farms that produce hay for cattle. Forestry Operations Golf courses that produce their own sod Public park operations that produce their own plants Prisons that have "Prison Farms" where agricultural plants are produced and the prisoners are employed as workers or handlers.  The WPS also applies to any establishment operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment that applies WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural establishments or provides crop advising services for an agricultural establishment.

Which pesticide applicators are covered by the WPS?

Most establishments covered by the WPS are crop producing such as farms, forest operations or nurseries. WPS also covers family owned agricultural operations even if only family members handle and work around pesticides. Essentially, WPS applies to any entity that grows, maintains or produces agricultural plants.

The following facilities or operations that are not generally recognized as traditional agricultural production establishments are covered by the rule if they use WPS-labeled pesticide products:

Nurseries, garden centers or other similar operations Dairy farms if they produce hay for cattle feed. Golf courses that produce sod or ornamentals for their course Public parks or privately-held ornamental garden operations that produce ornamental plants Theme parks, hotels, or other entertainment operations that produce ornamentals for their locations Prisons that have “prison farms” where plants are produced by employed prisoners University extension agricultural research facilities that conduct research on agricultural plants Educational classes or vocational agriculture programs where plant production is completed by students and students receive compensation or reduced tuition Pine straw harvesting/production operations. Government-owned or managed agricultural operations. The WPS also applies to any entity operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment applying or advising the application of WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural commodities

What does Worker Protection Standard Require?

Educate: All employers must provide EPA approved pesticide training for workers and handlers. Employers must also provide access to specific information including: applications on the establishment, safety data sheets for pesticides applied on establishment, and display a poster with pesticide safety and emergency information. 

Caution: Employers must keep workers and others out of areas where pesticides are being applied and away from equipment during applications. Handlers must stop application if workers or others are near equipment during applications. Workers must stay out of areas that are under a restricted-entry interval (REI). All early-entry workers on the job in in pesticide-treated areas during REI must be trained in the correct usage of personal protective equipment. Any handlers using highly toxic pesticides must be monitored. Personal protective equipment must be provided and monitored by employers. 

Mitigate: The Worker Protection Standard course will train handlers and workers on supply decontamination and emergency assistance including transportation in the case of a pesticide-related accident. 

More information on the requirements and how to comply can be found here. https://goo.gl/bjfk8K 

When is Worker Protection Standard Required?

As of January 2nd, 2017 employers are required to train workers and handlers annually before pesticide application. 

What has changed with Worker Protection Standards?

Full Training for Workers and Handlers is now required annually (Every year). No grace period for training. Workers must be trained before they work in an area where pesticide has been used or an REI has been in effect in the past 30 days. Handlers are no longer able to be the qualified person available during the training. Expanded training content requirements. Establishments must keep records of training for 2 years and provide records to Workers and Handlers if requested. Handlers and early entry workers must be at least 18 years old.  

Which Pesticides are included under Worker Protection Standards?

The Worker Protection Standard covers both general and restricted use pesticide that are used in the production of agricultural plants, these products will generally have an "Agricultural Use Requirements" section on the product label. The WPS applies whenever a pesticide is used in the production of agricultural plants on an agricultural establishment that has an “Agricultural Use Requirements” section on the product label.

How can I contact the EPA with Worker Protection Standard questions?

Mike Goodis - goodis.michael@epa.gov 703-308-8157

Who is required to complete WPS training?

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CERTIFIED CROP ADVISER FAQS

What is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)?

The CCA certification was established by the American Society of Agronomy in 1992 to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada.

Who should become a Certified Crop Adviser?

Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers or farm managers/operators on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program. Being certified adds credibility and shows that you are serious about what you do.

How do I become a Certified Crop Adviser?

  1. Pass two exams (International and Local Board)
  2. Meet the experience requirements
  3. Apply for the CCA Credential

What are the minimum experience requirements for becoming a Certified Crop Adviser?

  • Have at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field
    (Please keep in mind that University degrees and transcripts must be in English and based on the United States educational standard. If you need assistance in the translation process, you may use Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services)
    *The number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%

     
  • Have at least three years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field
     
  • Have at least four years of experience with no degree

How do I apply to become a Certified Crop Adviser?

  1. Document education and crop advising experience (Including transcripts and supporting references)
  2. Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (Included in application)

Once I become a Certified Crop Adviser, how do I maintain my certification?

  1. Earn 40 hours of continuing education units every 2 years
  2. Pay an annual renewal fee

Are your continuing education courses approved for CCA CEU Credit by the American Society of Agronomy?

Yes, many of our courses are approved by the American Society of Agronomy Board. On the state pages, the approved courses description will say “Approved for Certified Crop Adviser Credit”.

As a Certified Crop Adviser, am I required to take continuing education units in certain areas or topics?

Yes, the continuing education units you complete must fall within certain topic guidelines. The topic breakdown is as follows:

In each two year cycle, a CCA must complete a minimum of 5 CEUs in each of the 4 categories. The categories are Nutrient Management, Soil and Water Management, Pest Management, and Crop Management.

At least 20 of the 40 total CEUs must be board approved.

Can I use your courses for credit for CCA continuing education requirements as well as my state licensing re-certification requirements?

Yes, absolutely! Any course that is approved for Certified Crop Adviser Credit can also be used for state pesticide applicator continuing education credits.

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