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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.

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. You'll learn:

  • How to read a pesticide label
  • To calibrate machinery for applications
  • Key concepts on basic pest biology

You'll also cover key laws and safety materials associated with being an applicator and what type of certification you should apply for.

Study pesticide application with the experts

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

For your final project, you will complete a case study report. You will receive valuable feedback and guidance on this report that can help you continue to succeed after the course ends.

Turfgrass Management Program

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

Feb. 22 - April 4, 2021
Six weeks
price (2)
$325 (+ $60 registration fee)


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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