Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

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!

Online Courses

Pennsylvania Federal Pesticide Laws (#001FXN)

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response (#001FY5)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pest Management (#001FXM)

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, and give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course is approved for 1 Credit Hour of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pesticide Application Procedures (#001FY9)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pesticide Formulations (#001FY2)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (#001FY3)

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 non-target 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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pesticide Labeling (#001FXP)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Pesticides in The Environment (#001FY6)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Planning the Pesticide Application (#001FY8)

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 of Core Requirements

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Pennsylvania Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct (#001FY7)

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 of Core Requirements

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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

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.

Category Certification - Required Credits
Category 01 Agronomic Crops - 10
Category 02 Fruit and Nuts - 10
Category 03 Vegetable Crops - 10
Category 04 Agricultural Animals - 6
Category 05 Forest Pest Control - 8
Category 09 Seed Treatment - 4
Category 10 Aquatic Pest Control - 4
Category 11 Right-of-Way and Weeds - 8
Category 12 Household and Health Related - 10
Category 13 Wood Destroying Pests - 10
Category 14 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

Renewal Cycle: Annually

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute will report your course completions 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 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.

Course Demo

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