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About This Course

This course is designed to prepare you to take the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam. Content for this course was developed from the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual. This course teaches how to safely apply pesticides in a manner that protects you, the public, and the environment. Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam.

What will I gain from this course?

  • Knowledge about proper pest management techniques
  • Learn about federal pesticide laws and regulations and how they apply to applicators
  • Understand pesticide labels and safety data sheets
  • Learn about liquids, dry or solid, and other pesticide formulations
  • Understand pesticide hazards and first aid for pesticide exposure
  • Learn about the importance of personal protective equipment
  • Understand pesticide uses and effects on the environment
  • Learn about proper pesticide transportation, storage, and security
  • Learn how to prevent pesticide incidents and prepare for emergencies
  • Understand how to properly plan pesticide applications
  • Learn safe and proper pesticide application procedures

Who is this for?

This course is designed to prepare commercial and private pesticide applicators for the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam. It is also designed for anyone who would like to know about safe and approved pesticide methods. If you are interested in using this course for business training, please contact our offices at (435) 797-2187 for a possible business discount.

Curriculum (approximately 5 hours)

Module 1 Pest Management (27 minutes)

1.1 Definition and History
1.2 Pest Recognition
1.3 Integrated Pest Management
1.4 Management Methods
1.5 Why Did the Application Fail?
1.6 Pesticide Resistance

Module 2 Federal Pesticide Laws and Regulations (27 minutes)

2.2 Pesticide Certifications
2.3 Registration of Pesticides
2.4 Regulations and Laws
2.5 Specific Regulations and Laws
2.6 Recordkeeping Requirements
2.7 Violations and Penalties

Module 3 Pesticide Labeling (13 minutes)

3.1 Introduction to the Label
3.2 Parts of the Label
3.3 Mandatory vs. Advisory Statements
3.4 Other Labeling Resources
3.5 Safety Data Sheets

Module 4 Pesticide Formulations (33 minutes)

4.1 Definitions and Abbreviations
4.2 Liquid Formulations
4.3 Dry Formulations
4.4 Other Formulation Types
4.5 Adjuvants

Module 5 Pesticide Hazards and First Aid (36 minutes)

5.1 Toxicity, Exposure, and Hazard
5.2 Harmful Effects of Pesticides
5.3 How Pesticides Enter the Body
5.4 Product Toxicity and Health Concerns
5.5 Symptom Recognition
5.6 First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning
5.7 Heat Stress

Module 6 Personal Protective Equipment (24 minutes)

6.1 Good Work Practices
6.2 PPE Requirements and Laws
6.3 Protect Your Body
6.4 Protect Your Respiratory System
6.5 Maintaining Clothing and PPE

Module 7 Pesticides in the Environment (26 minutes)

7.1 Pesticide Characteristics
7.2 Pesticide Movement: Drift
7.3 Pesticide Movement: Runoff and Leaching
7.4 Pesticide Movement: On/In Other Things
7.5 Preventing Pesticide Movement
7.6 Applicator Responsibilities

Module 8 Transportation, Storage, and Security (12 minutes)

8.1 Pesticide Transportation
8.2 Pesticide Storage
8.3 Pesticide Site Security

Module 9 Emergency or Incident Response (11 minutes)

9.1 Emergency Response Plan
9.2 Hazard Identification Systems
9.3 Fires
9.4 Pesticide Spills

Module 10 Planning the Pesticide Application (21 minutes)

10.1 Use the Pesticide Label
10.2 Determining Pesticide Compatibility
10.3 Safe Mixing and Loading Practices
10.4 Cleaning Empty Pesticide Containers
10.5 Applying Pesticides Correctly
10.6 Cleaning Up After Pesticide Use
10.7 Professionalism

Module 11 Pesticide Application Procedures (29 minutes)

11.1 Application Methods and Equipment
11.2 Techniques to Reduce Drift
11.3 Safety Systems
11.4 Equipment Calibration
11.5 Calculating the Application Area
11.6 Calculating the Application Rate

Active Courses

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  • IPM Strategies CEU (1 CEU credit)
  • Personal Protective Equipment CEU (1 CEU credit)
  • Insects and Insect Control CEU (1 CEU credit)
  • Plant Diseases and Disease Control CEU (1 CEU credit)
  • Vertebrate Pests CEU (1 CEU credit)

Course Overview

  • Cost: $100
  • Length: 5 hours, 11 learning modules
  • Skill Level: All levels
  • Language: English
  • Access: Six-month access
  • Guarantee: 30-day money back guarantee
  • Course Type: Self-paced
  • Course Media: Video lectures, interactive content, review quizzes

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