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Commercial Applicator Study Materials

You do not need to print these materials. The selection of study materials for commercial applicators is available from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). To obtain your study materials packet, you must fill out a license application and return it with your license fees to ODA. Materials will be mailed to you at no charge after the license fee is received. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399, (614) 728-6987 or (800) 282-1955.


New! Ornamental Pest (Category 6a) study guide is available in an interactive pdf format. Click here for links to the pdf file.

Below is a list of the study materials available to be sent to you from ODA. Your materials will be sent when they receive your license application and $35 fee.

Core Information 5 - Industrial Vegetation
1 - Aerial Pest Control 6a - Ornamental Pest Control
2a - Agronomic Pest Control 6b - Interior Plantscape
2b - Horticultural Pest Control 6c - Ornamental Weed
2c - Agricultural Weed Control 6d - Greenhouse
2d - Seed Treatment 7 - Vertebrate
2e - Tobacco Sucker Control 8 - Turf
2f - Soil Fumigation 9 - Animal Pest Control
3a - Aquatic Pest Control 10a - General Pest Control
3b - Boat Antifoulant 10b - Termite
3c - Sewer Root Control 10c - Fumigation
4a - Forest Pest Control 10d - Mosquito House Fly and Other Vector Control
4b - Wood Preservation 12 - Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection
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Core Information
1 - Aerial Pest Control - application of pesticides by aircraft.
  • Will be included in study packed from ODA
2a - Agronomic Pest Control - application of pesticides to agronomic crops for the control of pests other than weeds and vertebrates.
  • Agronomic Pest Control Study Guide
  • Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide (OSU Bulletin 827)
2b - Horticultural Pest Control - application of pesticides to fruit and vegetable crops for the control of pests other than weeds and vertebrates.
  • Ohio Vegetable Production Guide (OSU Bulletin 672)
  • Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook (OSU Bulletin 861)
2c - Agricultural Weed Control - application of pesticides (other than soil fumigants) for the control of weeds in agronomic crops or horticultural crops except for nursery stock and turf.
2d - Seed Treatment - application of pesticides to seed for the control of insects and disease organisms.
2e - Tobacco Sucker Control - application of growth regulators to tobacco plants for the control of sucker growth.

The following bulletins are available through Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture

  • Topping and Sucker Control, Kentucky Bulletin ID-73
    (OUT OF PRINT)
  • Sucker Control in Burley & Dark Tobacco
  • Dark Tobacco Sucker Control
  • ENT-15 Insecticide Recommendations
2f - Soil Fumigation - application of fumigants to soil for the control of soil-inhabiting pests.
3a - General Aquatic Pest Control - application of pesticides to standing or running water, other than swimming pools, for the control of aquatic pests.
3b - Boat Antifoulant - application of restricted-use antifoulants to boats for the control of undesirable organisms.
3c - Sewer Root Control - application of restricted-use pesticides to sewer pipes for the control of tree roots.
4a - Forest Pest Control - application of pesticides to forested areas for the control of tree pests and weeds, and for the selective elimination of unwanted wood species as a forest management practice.
4b - Wood Preservation - application of pesticides to wood products such as crossties, poles, shingles, posts or wood products that are not part of a structure when treated and are or will be exposed to insects, fungi, marine pests or weather. (This category does not include treatment for the control of termites).
5 - Industrial Vegetation - application of pesticides to non-agricultural lands such as roadways, public water courses, utility rights-of-way, or in close proximity to industrial sites, power stations, parking lots, or similar areas for the control or eradication of unwanted vegetation.
  • Study Guide for Commercial Industrial Vegetation Applicators (OSU Bulletin 841-5)
  • Ohio Noxious Weed Bulletin
6a - Ornamental Pest Control - application of pesticides to control insects and diseases of exterior ornamental plants and trees, and weeds of exterior ornamental areas such as landscape beds, tree and shrub plantings, sidewalks, driveways, or similar areas.
  • Ornamental Pest Control Study Guide (OSU Bulletin 841-6a)
6b - Interior Plantscape - application of pesticides to control insects, diseases, and weeds of indoor ornamental plants in locations such as homes, offices, shopping malls, stores, or similar sites.
6c - Ornamental Weed - application of pesticides to exterior ornamental areas such as landscape beds, tree and shrub plantings, sidewalks, driveways, or similar areas for the control or eradication of unwanted vegetation.
6d - Greenhouse - application of pesticides to control insects, diseases, and weeds of plants grown under glass or plastic cover.
7 - Vertebrate - application of pesticides other than fumigants for the control of pest birds whether within or outside structures, and for the control of rodents, and any other vertebrates declared by the director to be a pest, in situations other than covered under category 10.
8 - Turf - application of pesticides other than soil fumigants to lawns, turf, sod, or to soil areas being prepared for the production of turf for the control of pests except vertebrates.
  • A Study Guide for Commercial Turfgrass Applicators (OSU Bulletin 841-8)
9 - Animal Pest Control - application of pesticides other than fumigants to domestic or confined animals, livestock, and poultry, or to structures in which they are confined, for the control of pests of such animals.
10a - General Pest Control - application of pesticides other than fumigants in or around human dwellings, industrial plants and business offices, food-handling establishments, schools, hospitals or similar buildings to control pests.
10b - Termite - application of pesticides other than fumigants in or around various structures, or to the ground prior to construction of a structure for the control of termites and other invertebrate wood-destroying organisms.
10c - Fumigation - application of fumigants to structures, or to commodities or equipment which are enclosed within structures or other specially confined areas such as bins, rooms, cargo spaces, and boxcars for the control of any invertebrate pests contained within these structures or confined areas.
10d - Mosquito House Fly and Other Vector Control - application of pesticides outdoors to control invertebrate pests which pose a threat to public health or those which institute a nuisance to humans such as mosquitoes, house flies, chiggers, and ticks.
  • Mosquito Pest Management (OSU Bulletin 641 EN)
12 - Wood Destroying Insect Inspection - the examination of a structure at the request of any party involved in a contemplated real estate transaction to determine if wood destroying insects are present in the structure, if there is evidence they either are or have been present in the structure, or the presence of any visible damage to the structure caused by wood-destroying insects and the egeneration of written report of the findings of the examination. Other requirements with this category: completion of Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Training Program, contact Pesticide Safety Education Program at 614-292-4070.