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Pesticide Applicator: ODA and You - Pesticide Licensing, Recordkeeping, and Compliance

Due to demand, we are opening registration for this program soon! If you fill out the request form, we can alert you when it's available.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) works closely with industries in a shared commitment to protect human and environmental health while ensuring continued access to pesticides as a tool for food production, structure protection, and other beneficial uses.

This online pesticide recertification course emphasizes your relationship with the ODA and how they assist you in living up to your responsibilities as a pesticide applicator.

Pesticide licensing and Compliance

In this online Pest identification course, you will explore:

  • the why and how of pesticide licensing
  • efficient recordkeeping and best practices
  • what's needed for ODA compliance

Course Overview

By the end of this on demand ODA insight course you will be able to explain the difference between certification and licensing, and distinguish between the different types of pesticide licenses and who is required to have them, and the activities allowed under each.

You will also gain an understanding of how the ODA works with applicators to:

  • Manage the licensing, certification, and continuing education of pesticide applicators
  • Monitor the distribution and use of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUPs)
  • Conduct inspections to ensure compliance with state and federal law
  • Investigate complaints regarding pesticide use and misuse

Earning Oregon Applicator CEU's

To earn pesticide recertification credits, this ODA-approved course must be completed in the following order:

  1. Statement of Identity
  2. Lesson
  3. Final Review

This course is self-paced and does not have an instructor.

Pesticide Recertification Credit

This online course is approved for Oregon Department of Agriculture's pesticide applicator recertification credit.

The following courses are also currently approved by ODA's Pesticide Certification and license renewal:

On demand. Begins March 2024
1 hour
price (2)
Additional Information:
1 CORE ODA pesticide credit.


Kaci Buhl

Kaci Buhl is an Associate Professor of Practice at Oregon State University (OSU). She coordinates the Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program, working to educate professional pesticide applicators. On the national level, Ms. Buhl is the Deputy Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, which creates pesticide manuals, exams, and other resources for professionals. She studied integrated pest management (IPM) at Michigan State University and previously coordinated the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

Jessica Green
Jessica Green is the outreach coordinator for PSEP, and has worked in agricultural pest management at Oregon State since 2012. She has designed and conducted many pesticide trials and is a contributing author and editor for the PNW Insect and Weed Management Handbooks. Ms. Green has specific training in adult education and how to make learning accessible to diverse audiences. She worked on the development team to finalize these training materials and format them into an easy, self-paced, e-learning format. 

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