West Virginia Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Regulatory Program. 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

West Virginia Federal Pesticide Laws #000HP9-88496

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Personal Protective Equipment and Emergency Response #000HPD-88500

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pest Management #000HP8-88495

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, give several reasons why pesticide applications may fail.
This course is approved for 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pesticide Application Procedures #000HPJ-88504

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pesticide Formulations #000HPA-88497

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pesticide Hazards and First Aid #000HPF-88501

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pesticide Labeling #000HPB-88798

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Pesticides in the Environment #000HPC-88499

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Planning the Pesticide Application #000HPH-88503

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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West Virginia Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct #000HPG-88502

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 2 Credits in all categories.

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State Requirements

How do I get my West Virginia pesticide applicator's license? Private Applicators –
  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ of age.
  • Step 2 - Complete exam application & show appropriate education or experience
Step 3 – Pass $20 core & category exams with score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 4 – Demonstrate practical and scientific knowledge of pesticide application by meeting one of the following requirements:
    1. One year experience as a full-time registered employee engaged in the same category as licensing.
    2. An academic certificate or degree acceptable to the commissioner
    3. A combination of experience and education acceptable to the commissioner
  • Step 4 – Pay the $20 license fee
Commercial Applicators –
  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ of age.
  • Step 2 - Complete exam application & show appropriate education or experience
Step 3 – Pass $20 core & category exams with score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 4 – Demonstrate practical and scientific knowledge of pesticide application by meeting one of the following requirements:
    1. One year experience as a full-time registered employee engaged in the same category as licensing.
    2. An academic certificate or degree acceptable to the commissioner
    3. A combination of experience and education acceptable to the commissioner
  • Step 4 – Pay the $20 license fee
Certified Public Applicators –
  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ of age.
  • Step 2 - Complete exam application & show appropriate education or experience
Step 3 – Pass $20 core & category exams with score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 4 – Demonstrate practical and scientific knowledge of pesticide application by meeting one of the following requirements:
    1. One year experience as a full-time registered employee engaged in the same category as licensing.
    2. An academic certificate or degree acceptable to the commissioner
    3. A combination of experience and education acceptable to the commissioner
  • Step 4 – Pay the $20 license fee
Registered Technician –
  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ of age.
  • Step 2 – Have your business send your information to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture on the appropriate form.
  • Step 3 – Complete 30-day training to become registered with the WVDA
  • Step 4 – Pay the $20 annual fee.
Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my West Virginia pesticide applicators license?
  • Private Applicators require 5 hours of continuing education equaling 10 credits every 3 years.
  • Commercial & Certified Public Applicators require 10 hours of continuing education equaling 20 credits every 3 years.
  • Registered technicians require 2 hours of continuing education equaling 4 credits each year prior to renewal.
Renewal Cycle: 3 years Renewal Deadline: 3 years from the date of issuance Who submits my continuing education to the state? Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you at the end of each month.  

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 West Virginia have?

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Private applicators – Individuals who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on their own property
  • Commercial applicators – Individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted or general use pesticides for a business.
  • Certified public applicators – Individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted or general use pesticides as a portion of their government agency work.
  • Registered Technician – Individuals who are employees of a pesticide application business who have not completed all the requirements for an applicator license. Registered Technicians may apply restricted use pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.

What are the categories and subcategories for West Virginia pesticide licensing?

The State of West Virginia currently has 23 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. Click here for more information about the categories.

Category 1:    Agricultural Plant
Category 2:    Agricultural Animal
Category 3:    Forest Pest Control
Category 4A: Ornamental and Turf Outdoors
Category 4B: Indoor Ornamental
Category 5:    Seed Treatment
Category 6:    Aquatic
Category 7:    Right-of-Way/Industrial Weed Control
Category 8A: General Pest Control
Category 8B: Structural Pest Control
Category 8C: Fumigation
Category 8D: Wood Treatment
Category 8E: Urban IPM
Category 9:    Public Health
Category 10: Regulatory
Category 11: Demonstration and Research
Category 12: Pesticide Storage and Distribution
Category 13A: Predator Control
Category 13B: Sewer Root Control
Category 13C: Hardwood Tree Release
Category 13D: Mosquito Control
Category 13E: Black Fly Control
Category 14: Aerial

Does the State of West Virginia offer reciprocity with other states?

No, West Virginia does not offer reciprocity.

Course Demo


Here is short preview from the Pesticide Labeling course.