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Online Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Exam Prep Course

Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam Prep Program

12 Hour Exam Prep | Online HD Video
This course is intended as a study guide for preparing to take the Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam administered by your state, tribe, territory, or federal department/agency. Passing the core exam is essential to becoming a certified applicator. This certification course benefits both you and the general public. By learning how to handle pesticides correctly, you will be able to protect yourself, others, and the environment from pesticide misuse.
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Online Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

 

Right of Way: Pest Control | Pennsylvania Approval #001PF1

4 Hour | Approved for 8 Credits each:  10, 18, 23
This course will help applicators in Pennsylvania understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests , and help applicators decide on management strategies.  It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.
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Right of Way: Weed Control | Pennsylvania Approval #001PF2

4 Hour | Approved for 8 Credits each:  10, 18, 23
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in Pennsylvania.
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Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape | Pennsylvania Approval #001PJM

4 Hours | Approved for 6 Credits:  PC or 7 Credits each: 06, 18, 23 
This course teaches the basics of disease management for landscape plantings, cost minimizing strategies, and tools and techniques needed to successfully control disease in the highly competitive world of landscaping in Pennsylvania.
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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | Pennsylvania Approval #001PJP

4 Hours | Approved for 8 Credits each:  15, 18, 23
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including indentification 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 Pennsylvania as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.
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Turfgrass: Keys to Disease Identification and Management | Pennsylvania Approval #001PJN

3 Hours | Approved for 6 Credits each:  PC, 07, 18, 23 
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turf grasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment in Pennsylvania.
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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | Pennsylvania #001PJJ

3 Hours | Approved for 6 Credits:  PC, 18, 22 
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management in enclosed spaces where exposure is increased, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the environment in Pennsylvania.  
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Integrated Pest and Resistance Management | Pennsylvania #001PDX

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  00 (CORE)
This course covers a range of topics important to pesticide resistance management in Pennsylvania including Integrated Pest managaement (IPM), correct sampling techniques for plant pathogens, proper insect identificaiton, and pesticide application equipment calibration.  
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Aquatic Weed Control | Pennsylvania Approval #001PDV

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits each:  PC, 09, 18, 23 
Managing aquatic weeds in Pennsylvania revolves around proper plant identificaiton.  Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification.  This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification, and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | Pennsylvania Approval #001PDW

2 Hour | Approved for 2 Credits each:  00, PC, 01, 18
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in Pennsylvania to coordinate the effors of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pest and protecting pollinators. 
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | Pennsylvania Approval #001PDY

2 Hour | Approved for 4 Credits each:  PC, 01, 18
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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Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton | Pennsylvania Approval #001PDZ

2 Hour | Approved for 4 Credits each:  PC, 01, 18
This course discusses proper insect and plant pathogen sampling techniques as well as pest identification for Rice and Cotton.  Each pest and pathogen are identified according to vaiours stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pollinator Stewardship | Pennsylvania Approval #001PF0

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit:  00 (Core)
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors effecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in Pennsylvania.
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Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases | Pennsylvania Approval #001PF3

1 Hour | Approved for 2 Credits each:  16, 18, 23 
This course covers a range of mosquito-borne diseases with an emphasis on the Zika Virus.  Zika's extent, side effects, testing and diagnostics are detailed along with protection and reduction techniques of mosquitoes to minimize the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in Pennsylvania.
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How Fungicides Work | Pennsylvania Approval #001PJK

1 Hour | Approved for 1 Credit each:  PC, 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 18, 22, 23
This course provides a basic understanding of fungicides and how they work.  Fungal spores, germination, plant appearance, infestions, and fungicide mechanism are all discussed using easy to follow diagrams explained by the on-screen instructor.
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Federal Pesticide Laws | Pennsylvania Approval #001FXN

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Pennsylvania. 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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Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY5

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
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 in Pennsylvania understand the protections and limitations of PPE.
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Pest Management | Pennsylvania Approval #001FXM

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal of Pesticides while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Pennsylvania.
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Pesticide Application Procedures | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY9

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Pesticides may be applied in Pennsylvania 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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Pesticide Formulations | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY2

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core 
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in Pennsylvania, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
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Pesticide Hazards And First Aid | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY3

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core 
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 in Pennsylvania 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 | Pennsylvania Approval #001FXP

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users.  By law, pesticide users in Pennsylvania are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
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Pesticides In The Environment | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY6

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in Pennsylvania. 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.
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Planning The Pesticide Application | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY8

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Before beginning a pesticide application in Pennsylvania, 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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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | Pennsylvania Approval #001FY7

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in Pennsylvania, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers.
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State Requirements

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

Commercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Pass both the core ($50) and category ($10) examinations and be employed by a pesticide application business
  • Apply for certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture within 12months.

Private Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 - Complete Private Applicator Examination. Complete additional testing if using fumigant

 Renewal Cycle: Annually

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

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

Private Applicators – Must obtain six (6) training credits every three (3) years.

Commercial Applicators – Attend update training programs in core and appropriate category-specific topics. 6 core credits and up to 10 category credits per category.

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute will report your course completions for you!

CATEGORY #

CATEGORY

CREDITS

Category 01

Agronomic Crops

10

Category 02

Fruit & Nuts

10

Category 03

Vegetable Crops

10

Category 04

Agricultural Animals

6

Category 05

Forest Pest Control

8

Category 06

Ornamental and Shade Trees

10

Category 07

Lawn and Turf

10

Category 08

Seed Treatment

4

Category 09

Aquatic Pest Control

4

Category 10

Right-of-Way Weeds

8

Category 11

Household & Health Related

10

Category 12

Wood Destroying Pests

10

Category 13

Structural Fumigation

6

Category 15

Public Health - Vertebrate pests

8

Category 16

Public Health - Invertebrate Pests

8

Category 17

Regulatory Pest Control

10

Category 18

Demonstration and Research

10

Category 19

Wood Preservation

4

Category 20

Commodity and Space Fumigation

6

Category 21

Soil Fumigation

4

Category 22

Interior Plantscape

6

Category 23

Park or School Pest Control

10

Category 24

Swimming Pools

4

Category 25

Aerial Applicator

10

Category 26

Sewer Root Control

4

Category 25

Aerial Applicator

10

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 Pennsylvania have?

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Commercial Applicator – Necessary if:
    • Pesticide application will take place on property not owned or rented by applicator or employer.
    • Restricted use pesticides are being applied to property owned by applicator or employer but not applied to crops.
    • Pesticides are applied to apartments of 4 or more units, golf courses,
  • Private Applicator – Necessary if an individual’s plans to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for producing an agricultural commodity on land owned or rented by the individual or their employer.
What are the categories and subcategories for Pennsylvania pesticide licensing?

The State of Pennsylvania currently has 25 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.

Category 1 - Agronomic Crops
Category 2 - Fruit and Nuts
Category 3 - Vegetable Crops
Category 4 - Agricultural Animals
Category 5 - Forest Pest Control
Category 6 - Ornamental and Shade Trees
Category 8 - Lawn and Turf
Category 9 - Seed Treatment
Category 10 - Aquatic Pest Control
Category 11 - Right-of-Way and Weeds
Category 12 - Household and Health Related
Category 13 - Wood Destroying Pests
Category 14 - Structural Fumigation
Category 15 - Public Health – Vertebrate Pests
Category 16 - Public Health – Invertebrate Pests
Category 17 - Regulatory Pest Control
Category 18 - Demonstration and Research
Category 19 - Wood Preservation
Category 20 - Commodity and Space Fumigation
Category 21 - Soil Fumigation
Category 22 - Interior Plantscape
Category 23 - Park or School Pest Control
Category 24 - Swimming Pools
Category 25 - Aerial Applicator
Category 26 - Sewer Root Control

Does the State of Pennsylvania offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Pennsylvania offers reciprocity with Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Individuals seeking reciprocity must pay any fees and are required to attend recertification courses to maintain their certification in Pennsylvania.

How do I contact the state?

Visit their website or contact:

Jessica Lenker
Pesticide Certification& Education Specialist
Pesticide Application Certification and Examinations
Pesticide Registered Technician
Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry
Pesticide Business License & Insurance
Pesticide Dealer Licensing
(717) 772-5217
jeslenker@pa.gov

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Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. 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!

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