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Pesticide Applicator: Planning Ahead - Your Pesticide Application Action Plan

Applying pesticides requires careful planning and strong understanding of many concepts at once.

This course describes how all the 'moving parts' work together to ensure that a safe, effective, and responsible pesticide application can be made.

Your Pesticide Application Action Plan

In this course, you'll learn the various aspects that should be considered in planning:

  • selecting the correct product and equipment
  • protecting yourself and your surroundings
  • being courteous to neighboring properties and people
  • proper clean up and disposal

Course Overview

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

  • Explain how to select appropriate pesticides and additives if needed
  • Follow all label instructions and other legal restrictions
  • Determine whether two or more pesticides may be tank mixed
  • Describe how to prevent pesticide contamination of water sources during mixing loading and cleaning
  • List what personal protective equipment to wear while mixing, loading and cleaning
  • Explain how to open pesticide containers and transfer the contents safely
  • Review how to clean and properly store application equipment after use
  • Understand the importance of professionalism for 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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