Certification & Training Assessment Group -- National Partnership for Safe & Effective Pesticide Management through Education, Training, & Competency Assessment

C&T Resources

This list of resources is provided to assist people working on pesticide applicator certification and training issues.



Agricultural Health Study (AHS)

The AHS is a collaborative effort between the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  It is an important long-term research project studying over 89,000 private and commercial pesticide applicators and their spouses.

Environmental Protection Agency Pesticides Program (EPA)

EPA is the federal government agency responsible for registering or licensing pesticides for use in the United States. In addition, anyone planning to import pesticides for use in the U.S. must notify EPA. EPA receives its authority to register pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Environmental Protection Agency Pesticides Program Endangered Species Protection Bulletins (EPA-ESPP)

Endangered Species Protection Bulletins are a part of EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program. Bulletins set forth geographically specific pesticide use limitations for the protection of endangered or threatened species and their designated critical habitat.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Ag Safety & Health Centers (NIOSH)  

The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention represent a major NIOSH effort to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. The NIOSH Agricultural Centers are part of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Pesticide Illness & Injury Surveillance (NIOSH)

A division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH oversees the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR) program whose mission is to build and maintain occupational illness and injury surveillance capacity within state health departments. Provides links to various state-based pesticide poisoning surveillance programs.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA)

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. NOAA provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.

National Organic Program (USDA-NOP)

Ensuring the integrity of USDA organic products in the U.S. and throughout the world.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

NASS provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. Agriculture. State statistics can also be accessed through this site.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS collects information needed to understand the Nation's water resources, and provides access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.  For statewide information visit their National Water Information System at: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis.



American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)  

AAPCC supports the nation’s 55 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. This site provides alerts for poison news, prevention tips, as well as maintaining the National Poison Data System. Data requests are allowed.  To find Poison Control Centers across the United States, see http://www.aapcc.org/centers

Certification Plan and Reporting Database (CPARD)

Login for Reporting: http://cpard.wsu.edu/login.aspx. To obtain reports via Public Access, Click on the “Public Access” button below the login boxes.

The Certification Plan and Reporting Database allows State Lead Agencies, the EPA, and decision makers a means to quantify and qualify the effectiveness of state certification programs.  The Public Access site provides detailed information on certification programs by state. 

Measuring the Environmental Impact of Pesticides

The Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) is a method used to calculate the environmental impact of most common fruit and vegetable pesticides in commercial agriculture. Also provides a description of the formula for determining EIQ value which can be used for pesticides not listed.

The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS)

NAWS is an employment-based, random survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of the U.S. crop labor force. The NAWS is housed at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use.

National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NPIRS)

The NPIRS State Public website contains information pertaining to pesticides either currently or previously licensed for distribution and sale in the United States and is provided for informational purposes only.

National School IPM Information Source

Promoting integrated pest management (IPM) in schools and providing support, resources and training.

NRCS – Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST)

WIN-PST, from USDA-NRCS, considers the impact of soil characteristics, irrigation/rainfall probability, and pesticide application area, method,   and rate on the potential for pesticides to move off-site.  Long-term human and fish toxicity data and ratings are also included in WIN-PST. These toxicity ratings can be combined with the off-site movement potential ratings to provide an overall rating of the potential risks from pesticide movement below the root zone and past the edge of the field.

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), it provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issue. This site contains toxicology information on many of the 25 B Reduced Risk Pesticide Ingredients.

Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Database (PAN)

PAN Pesticide Database is your one-stop location for toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides.

Pesticide Data Program (PDP)

PDP is a national pesticide residue database program from USDA. Through cooperation with State agriculture departments and other Federal agencies, PDP manages the collection, analysis, data entry, and reporting of pesticide residues on agricultural commodities in the U.S. food supply, with an emphasis on those commodities highly consumed by infants and children.

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES)          

PES website is sponsored by the Center for Integrated Pest Management. The site provides information on proper pesticide handling which has been reviewed and posted by PSEP coordinators from Cooperative Extension Service. Pesticide educators are welcome to use or adapt the content that appears directly on the website but images may be subject to copyright.

Pesticides of Interest Tracking System (POINTS)

This database allows State Lead Agencies, the EPA, and decision makers a means to quantify and qualify the effectiveness of state water quality programs regarding pesticides of concern. 

Pesticide Pics

A collection of royalty-free images available for use in NOT-FOR-PROFIT pesticide safety education programs. The site was developed and is      currently maintained by Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs.

The Xerces Society

The Xerces Society protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat through advocacy, policy, education and outreach, and applied research.


Agrian Label Search  

Provides a quick product label search that is intended for general information purposes only. 

CDMS (Crop Data Management Systems, Inc.)

CDMS’ Agro-chemical database provides up-to-date information for critical agronomic, regulatory, and critical use.

Greenbook Data Solutions

Greenbook transforms product labeling into indexed, actionable data in an unbiased presentation that is easily accessible directly through books, DVDs, Web site and host of Web Service data solutions. Greenbook offers use of our plant protection decision engine free of charge to the industry.

Kelly Solutions Site

Serves as a liaison between the entire regulated community and state governments.  They currently provide free access to state regulatory data from 36 states.

National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (NPIRS)

NPIRS is a collection of pesticide-related databases, applications, and websites whose primary purpose is to disseminate timely and accurate information at an affordable cost. The pesticide product data received from EPA and state regulatory agencies is the basis for all applications available under the NPIRS project.

Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS)

PPLS provides a collection of pesticide produce labels (PDF format) that have been approved by EPA under Section 3 of FIFRA. Search for labels by Product Name, Company Name, or EPA Registration Number.

Pesticide Recordkeeping Program (USDA)

USDA's Pesticide Recordkeeping Program is no longer funded, but the website provides informational resources for private applicator recordkeeping.



American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance (AASA)

AASA is a not-for-profit organization that has taken the lead in developing a stewardship inspection program for agricultural retail facilities that store bulk, mini bulk, portable refillable containers (PRC's) and packaged crop protection products.

American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE)

AAPSE is an organization that fosters professional development by working, learning, and sharing with other pesticide safety educators across the nation, via workshops, the Internet, and publications.

American Horticultural Society - Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program, typically offered through universities in the U.S. and Canada, provides intense home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer in their communities, giving lectures, creating gardens, conducting research, and many other projects.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

ASABE is the professional home of engineers and others worldwide who endeavor to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. It is a member-driven technical and educational organization.

Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)

Membership in AAPCO is limited to officers charged by law with the execution of the state, territorial, provincial, and federal laws in the U.S., including all its territories, and in Canada.

Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO)

ASPCRO is a professional association comprised of the structural pest control regulatory officials of any of the fifty states.

Crop Life America

CropLife America, also known as CropLife USA, is a crop protection association that represents the companies that develop, manufacture, formulate and distribute crop protection chemicals and plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.

Entomological Society of America (ESA)

ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Members are researchers, teachers, Extension Service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, pest management professionals and hobbyists.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

GCSAA is the professional association for the men and women who manage and maintain golf courses.

National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)

NAAA was founded in 1966, represents approximately 1,800 members in 46 states. NAAA supports the interests of small business owners and pilots licensed as professional commercial aerial applicators who use aircraft to enhance food, fiber and bio-fuel production, protect forestry and control health-threatening pests.

National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP, formerly PLANET)

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is the trade association for the landscape industry, representing the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals. Member companies specialize in lawn care, landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, tree care, irrigation and water management, and interior plantscaping. Members also include students, consultants, industry suppliers, state associations and affiliate members.

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)

NASDA represent the state departments of agriculture in the development, implementation, and communication of sound public policy and programs which support and promote the American agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment.

National Association of State Department of Agriculture Research Foundation (NASDARF)

The NASDA Research Foundation was created in 1981 and provides agriculturally-oriented research, education, and training. Current research projects include Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs), CNMP Watch, Pesticide Safety Program and the FSIS Homeland Security Project. NASDARF is working with US EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs to enhance Pesticide Safety Programs.

National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)  

NCFH is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the U.S.as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

NPMA is a global non-profit organization that supports the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.

The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA)

TPSA is a collaborative partnership of government agencies - federal, state and local, educational and research institutions, public organizations, private corporations and individuals actively involved in stewarding the pesticide life cycle.

Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)

WSSA is a non-profit professional society, that promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities related to weeds; provides science-based information to the public and policy makers; and fosters awareness of weeds and their impacts on managed and natural ecosystems.


Last updated May 2, 2012