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Pesticide Applicator Education and Safety

This course will prepare you for the Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's licensing, with a focus on the laws and safety section that is required for most commercial pesticide applicator and public pesticide applicator certifications as well as the apprentice license.

Our industry professionals will share examples that are applicable to the turf and ornamental categories. 

If you are interested in obtaining commercial or public Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's license or are just a conscientious home applicator, this course is perfect for you.

Build essential pesticide applicator knowledge

This six week online course will help you learn the essentials of pesticide applicator education and safety. Specifically, you'll learn:

  • Oregon laws and regulations associated with pesticide use
  • How to safely mix, load and apply pesticides
  • How to read a pesticide label
  • Calculations and calibrations necessary for application
  • Key concepts on basic pest biology

Study pesticide application with the experts

This program is designed and led by Oregon State University experts in pesticide application and turfgrass management with experience and connections throughout the industry. You will benefit from their experience through weekly video lectures and exams.

Turfgrass Management Program

This course is part of the Turfgrass Management Program that includes the following component courses:

Please note: This course is designed for those working in northern climates such as Oregon and Washington, Europe, Scandinavia and parts of Canada. By focusing on these climates, you'll gain detailed information you can apply to your own park, field or lawn.

Course Hours and GCSAA Class A Credits

Course Title Course Hours GCSAA Class A Credits
Introduction to Turfgrass Management 30 3
Introduction to Golf Course Management 36 3.6
Pesticide Applicator Education and Safety 18 1.8
Irrigation and Drainage 21 2.1
Cool-Season Turfgrass Diseases and Suppression Using Fungicides 30 3
Turfgrass Mathematics 36 3.6
Turfgrass Insects and Weed Management 36 3.6
Fall 2023
October 23 - December 3, 2023
Winter 2024
January 8 - February 18
Six weeks | Asynchronous
price (2)
$325 (+ $60 registration fee)
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Dr. Alec Kowalewski

Alec has over 17 years of research experience and multiple publications on various cool-season and warm-season turfgrass species obtained while employed at Michigan State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the University of Georgia and Oregon State University. Alec is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University and teaches several undergraduate classes in the Department of Horticulture. Alec also provides Extension material for stakeholders in turfgrass and landscape management.

Alyssa Cain

Alyssa has a master's degree from Oregon State University in horticulture with a focus in turfgrass maintenance. Her research as a master's student was to assess annual bluegrass herbicide resistance in the state of Oregon and find alternative control methods for this weed. Alyssa's undergraduate degree, also from Oregon State University, in Bioresource Research led her to research conventional farming's impacts on insect biodiversity on Christmas tree farms. Alyssa has spoken at several university-hosted integrated pest management seminars, educated school IPM coordinators and assisted in teaching OSU turfgrass courses.

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