Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Standards Training Program and Practice Test

       Course Description


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.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and implement a broad range of pesticide application best practices.
  • Be able to describe and integrate important regulatory requirements related to labeling, hazard management, environmental issues, and application procedures.
  • Outline the different types formulations, equipment, and PPE used in the pesticide industry.

       This Course Covers:

Pest Management

  • Pest Control Over the Years
  • Pest Categories
  • Pest Identification
  • Controls
  • How Pesticides Work
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Effectiveness of Pest Management Programs

Chapter Assessment 

Federal Pesticide Laws

  • The Need for Regulation 
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • Pesticide Registration
  • Tolerances
  • Pesticide Reregistration
  • Violations and Federal Penalties
  • Federal Pesticide Regulations under FIFRA
  • Other Federal Laws
  • Federal Recordkeeping Requirements

Chapter Assessment 

Pesticide Labeling

  • EPA Approval of Pesticide Labeling
  • The Label
  • Types of Pesticide Registration
  • When to Read the Pesticide Label
  • Parts of the Label
  • Other Label Resources
  • Safety Data Sheets

Chapter Assessment 

Pesticide Formulations

  • Formulations: An Overview
  • Liquid Formulations
  • Dry or Solid Formulations
  • Other Formulations
  • Pesticide Mixtures
  • Adjuvants

Chapter Assessment

Pesticide Hazards and First Aid

  • Toxicity, Exposure, and Hazard
  • Potential Harmful Effects of Pesticides
  • Exposure—How Pesticides Enter the Body
  • Product Toxicity and Health Concerns
  • Factors Affecting Response
  • Signal Words
  • Exposure Symptom Recognition
  • Antidotes
  • First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning

Chapter Assessment

Personal Protective Equipment & Emergency Response

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Good Work Practices
  • Protect Yourself from Pesticides
  • Protect Your Body
  • Protect Your Eyes
  • Protect Your Respiratory System
  • Maintaining Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment

Emergency Response

  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Fires
  • Pesticide Spills

Chapter Assessment

Pesticides in the Environment

  • The Environment
  • Pesticide Characteristics
  • How Pesticides Move in the Environment
  • Preventing Pesticide Drift
  • Sources of Water Contamination
  • Preventing Surface Water and Groundwater Contamination
  • Preventing Harmful Effects on Sensitive Areas and
  • Nontarget Organisms
  • Protecting Endangered Species

Chapter Assessment

Transportation, Storage, and Security, and Professional Conduct

Transportation, Storage, and Security

  • Transportation
  • Storage of Pesticides in Buildings
  • Pesticide Site Security 
  • Best Practices
  • Disposal and Recycling

Professional Conduct 

  • Pesticide Security and Supervision
  • Public and Customer Communications

Chapter Assessment

Planning the Pesticide Application

  • Selecting the Pesticide
  • Reviewing the Pesticide Label
  • Determining Pesticide Compatibility
  • Following Safe Mixing and Loading Practices
  • Cleaning and Disposing of Pesticide Containers
  • Applying Pesticides Correctly/PPE
  • Cleaning up after Mixing, Loading, and Application

Chapter Assessment

Pesticide Application Procedures 

  • Application Methods
  • Safety Systems
  • Application Equipment
  • Equipment Calibration
  • Calibration
  • Calculating Area
  • Calculating the Application Rate
  • Techniques to Minimize Drift

Chapter Assessment 

Practice Test