Pesticide Certificate & Training Categories

Pesticide certification and training for applicators and dispensers must be in the appropriate category. There are separate study materials and exams for each category.

  • Aerial: Apply pesticides from helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft to manage mosquitoes, vegetation along rights-of-way and pests associated with agricultural or forestry production
  • Agriculture: Manage pests of agricultural production. Categories are available for field crop & orchard production and for production in greenhouses. These categories are for custom applicators, private growers or farm workers
  • Assistant Applicator: Apply pesticides under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator and assist in the safe transport and security of pesticides at worksites
  • Forestry: Manage pests of forestry production, including weed control on forest rangeland. Categories are available for general forestry management, non-broadcast applications, seed cone orchards and seedling nurseries
  • Fumigation: Use of fumigants. Categories are available for treating ships and structures, containers, and for the use of carbon dioxide to treat grain or flour. A category for treating soil is under development
  • Industrial Vegetation & Noxious Weed: Manage weeds on industrial land, rights-of-way (roadsides, power lines, railways and pipelines), and oilfield sites (wells and battery), and to control invasive plants and noxious weeds on private or public land
  • Landscape: Manage pests of landscaped areas including gardens, ornamental plantings, lawns and turf. This category is for commercial use
  • Mosquito: Manage mosquitoes and biting flies. Categories are available for general mosquito and biting fly management, aerial application of granular bacterial pesticides, and for ground application of bacterial pesticides and growth regulators
  • Pesticide Dispenser: Sell pesticides in licensed retail sales outlets. Separate dispenser categories are available for selling domestic and commercial class pesticides
  • Residential Applicator Certificate (RAC): Apply pesticides on private landscapes, including lawns, flower beds, ornamental trees and plants. This category is for private, non-commercial use only
  • Structural: Manage pests in, near or on a structure. A separate category is available for wood preservation