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Pesticide Applicator: Pesticides, Pollinators, and the Planet - Your role as an applicator

Environmental stewardship considers the relationship humans have with the land and the plants and animals that live there. 

Pesticide applicators have a responsibility to be a steward, not only to protect non-target organisms, but to maintain the health of the land they rely on for their livelihood.

Pesticides, Pollinators, and the Planet

In this pesticide online course on environmental stewardship, you will gain an appreciation for their role in protecting the environment from the hazards that pesticides can present to an ecosystem. 

By understanding the essentials behind how pesticides can move through the environment, you will be prepared to implement responsible application methods.

Course Overview

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how pesticide applications can affect the environment.
  • Explain how to prevent pesticide drift, runoff, and movement to non-target areas.
  • Identify sensitive areas that could be harmed by pesticides.
  • Reduce the risks associated with mixing, loading, and equipment washing.
  • How adjusting or delaying an application can minimize environmental impact and maximize effectiveness.

Protecting Pollinators and Culturally Significant Plants

The course will also introduce some special considerations and regulations that address Oregon’s commitment to protecting pollinators and culturally significant plants that are valued  by Native American tribes, as well as the long-term health of pesticide applicators.

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

The following courses are currently approved by Oregon Department of Agriculture for Pesticide Certification and license renewal:

The following courses are currently approved by Idaho State Department of Agriculture: 

At this time our online courses are not approved for Washington state recertification. 

Interested in on-site pesticide recertification courses?
Click here for details.

IMPORTANT: Final grade reporting to the state will include grades released as of December 31. Our system takes 24 hours for grades to release, to ensure your grade will be counted toward the calendar year, you need to complete the final quiz no later than December 30.

Each of our courses in the Pesticide Applicator series can also count as Continuing Education Hours for the Oregon State Landscape Contractors Board.

On demand. Access any time.
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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