Pesticide Applicator Certification & Training: What It Is

Title: Pesticide Applicator Certification & Training: What It Is
Category: Program
Resources: Fact Sheet
Date: 2013
Addressed By Revised 40 CFR Party 171: No

Excerpt: The goal of the national pesticide applicator certification and training program (C&T) is to protect people, property, the food supply, and the environment from both pests and pesticide exposure by ensuring the initial and continued competence of pesticide applicators.

C&T involves working with professional applicators who make applications of pesticides for a variety of purposes, such as for agricultural or forest production; in nurseries and greenhouses; along highways and railroad tracks; in and around water; for public health pest control (e.g., West Nile Virus); on golf courses and in parks; to treat seeds, wood, and poles; and to treat homes, businesses, schools, restaurants, and hospitals.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), state lead pesticide agencies (SLA), and University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) work together on C&T programs to ensure that people seeking certification are well prepared. C&T programs cover …