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Pesticide Applicator: Pest Identification - The Cornerstone of Every Pest Management Program

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.

In the second chapter of our series, we discuss the importance of integrated pest management (IPM).

The cornerstone of an effective pest management program is knowledge of the pests that need to be controlled.

Even as a registered pesticide applicator, by understanding pests' form and function, along with their life cycle and habitat preferences, you can develop a tactical and efficient approach to pest control. 

Pest ID Essentials

In this online Pest identification course, you will explore:

  • the different types of pests
  • some basic identification tips
  • how to use available resources to properly assess pests

Course Overview

By the end of this on demand Pest ID course you will be able to:

  • Recognize pests by identifying physical characteristics and the damage they cause
  • Explain how insect pests grow and reproduce
  • Understand insect and weed lifecycles
  • Discuss how diseases affect plants
  • Identify how weeds impact crops, people and animals

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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