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2020 Ohio Online Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification

Commercial Recertification Now Open

Press Release: ODA Partners with OSU Extension to Provide Online Pesticide Recertification Opportunities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, self-paced online videos will temporarily be made available for Ohio pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders who need recertification credit for the 2020 recertification cycle. Online recertification credit will only be available through this webpage. No out-of-state reciprocity is available with online recertification. 

Ohio Private Pesticide Applicators:
FARMERS ONLY - Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $35
Available until 90 days after the Ohio State of Emergency ends, or December 1 - whichever comes first.

Ohio Fertilizer Certificate Holders:
Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $10
Available until 90 days after the Ohio State of Emergency ends, or December 1 - whichever comes first.

Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicators:
Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $15 per credit hour - ALL categories offered (Note: If you have 15C, fertilizer on your license, you will need to register for the fertilizer course. It is an additonal $10. Register For Fertilizer Here)
Available until 90 days after the Ohio State of Emergency ends, or December 1 - whichever comes first.
Click here for video tutorials to help you navigate the online commerical course. 

For more information, visit our online recertification webpage. 

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection 


Thursday, November 12 - This course will be held as on online webinar. 
Registration will open Wednesday, September 23
More information coming soon. 

Updates to WDI Reporting

2020 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Choose the date below for event information and registration:

October 7 - This course will be held as an online webinar.

Dicamba Update

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals orders the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to vacate the registration of three of the four dicamba products that had previously been approved for use on dicamba tolerant (DT) soybeans. Those products are: XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan.  Tavium is still registered for use in Ohio.

EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Recent Court Vacatur of Dicamba Registrations
Peggy Hall Law Blog on EPA Clarification

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has requested guidance from the US EPA about what this ruling means to soybean producers and pesticide dealers in Ohio. 
Visit the ODA webpage for updates.

For more information on the ruling, visit Peggy Hall's Law Blog

Dr. Mark Loux, professor and weed science specialist at The Ohio State University, recaps the events of dicamba and offers guidance on how to adjust herbicide programs. Read more...

COVID-19 Updates

Visit our COVID page for updates on how closures are affecting our programming and the pest control industry.

Limited Pesticide and Fertilizer Testing to Resume at ODA June 2

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will resume testing for pesticide and fertilizer applicators on June 2.

Exam sessions will meet Ohio’s current standards for both meeting size and social distancing and will be held in the Bromfield Administration Building on ODA’s campus in Reynoldsburg. 


  • 3-hour testing sessions will be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Exams begin promptly at 9 AM and 1 PM. 
  • Pre-registration is required at https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/exam-registration.
  • Absolutely no walk-ins will be permitted.
  • Masks and photo IDs will be required. Masks must be worn during the entire exam session.
  • Pencils and calculators will be provided and sanitized between sessions.
  • Tables will be properly distanced in a large auditorium and sanitized between sessions.
  • No more than 9 people per session, plus a proctor.
  • Per OAC 901:5-11-08(A)(7), applicants must wait five (5) business days between testing sessions.

Due to high demand, registration limited to one exam session per week

For full press release click HERE

Will private pesticide and fertilizer deadlines be extended?

With the signing of House Bill 197, Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency response legislation, the March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew their license and get training has been extended. 

The deadline is now 90 days after the state of emergency Executive Order ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

All in-person OSUE events are cancelled or postponed through at least July 6. We will continue to update you as meetings are scheduled.



List N:  Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.   Read More Here.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA. There may be additional disinfectants that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. EPA will update this list with additional products as needed.


Respirator Fit Test:  What is it & Why do it?  (YouTube video)


Understanding Pesticides in Organic and Conventional Crop Production Systems (pdf)
Protecting Pollinators While Using Pesticides (pdf)
Choosing a Pesticide Product (pdf)

PEP-Talk, September 2018

Volume 21 / Issue 1

In this Issue:
Glyphosate and Cancer in the News Again
New Requirements for Paraquat
Chlorpyrifos History and Current Status Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry

2016 Changes in the Federal Worker Protection Standard

Commercial Applicator Recertification Opportunities

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Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program provides training, education, and outreach to pesticide applicators about the safe, proper, and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses, and public agencies to protect human health and the environment and serves as a critical part of job training and business growth in Ohio.