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

What is Certification & Training?

Certification is a process by which a person qualifies to use pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, organics, etc.) in the course of their occupation. Certification is generally achieved by passing a written exam or attending a specific training course and is conducted by a state, tribal, territorial, or federal agency. 

Training provides instruction on proper pesticide use and handling to individuals who want to obtain or retain certification. Training is primarily conducted by University Extension as well as by associations, industry, non-profit organizations, private companies, and federal and state government agencies.

·   Pesticide Applicator Certification Program: Basic Elements

·   Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training brochure

Photo of people taking written exam to be come certified applicators

Photo credit: Paul Schlein, Maine Board of Pesticides Control


Last updated May 2, 2012