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Pesticide Safety Education Program

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The Pesticide Safety Education program provides educational programs and resources for Ohio's commercial and private pesticide applicators.

Commercial Applicators
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Commercial Recertification
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Self-Paced Recertification Courses
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Commercial New Applicator Courses
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Private Recertification
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Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training



News & Events

2024 Commercial Recertification Opportunities 

Self-Paced Course - Open now through september 30, 2024

Register for the self-paced commercial pesticide recert here!

Urban Landscape Pest Management Webinar (categories 3a, 4a, 5, 6a, 6c, 8, and core) 

September 25, 2024 Click here to register

Free Farm Pesticide Disposal Events

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring three collection events for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides free of charge. Only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted. To pre-register or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (614)728-6987.

• August 14, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Auglaize County, Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Drive, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
• August 15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Holmes County, Farmers Produce Auction (Mount Hope Produce Auction), 7701 OH-241, Millersburg, Ohio 44654
• August 20, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Clinton County, Former Nutrien Site, 6704 US 22, Willmington, Ohio 45177

Study Materials Change

Ohio State University Extension to Provide Commercial Applicator Pesticide Exam Study Materials | Ohio Department of Agriculture

New: Click here to purchase pesticide exam study materials.

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection 

2024 Courses:

July 17, 2024 - online webinar 
November 13, 2024 - in person

Need a W-9 form? Click HERE

Updates to WDI Reporting

2024 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Register Now! Click the event date below:

May 15, 2024 - In-Person Registration closed! Walk-ins Welcome!
August 21, 2024 - In-Person
October 2, 2024 - Online Webinar

Need a W-9 Form? Click HERE

New Self-Paced Course in General Pest Control (Ohio Commercial Pesticide Category 10a)

  • A course designed to help applicators study for and pass the commercial 10a exam
  • Useful for anyone interested in managing pests that infest structures such as cockroaches, ants and rodents
  • Not for recertfication credit


New license factsheets

who needs to be licensed in ohio and what steps to take:

Private pesticide applicator license requirements HERE

Commercial pesticide applicator license requirements HERE

Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification requirements HERE 

Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicators LinkedIn Group

We are happy to announce that we have started a professional group for pest management professionals on LinkedIn and you are invited to join!  You need not have a completed profile to join our group.

Benefits of joining the group:

  • Connect with fellow commercial applicators in the state of Ohio
  • Find new employees or a new employer
  • Network to solve problems or answer questions:  talk to other applicators about best practices; learn how they have dealt with pest management issues; ask questions! 
  • Learn of updates on latest research
  • Be the first to hear about upcoming recertification, training opportunities and events

To sign-up for a new account:; or:  Signing Up to Join LinkedIn | LinkedIn Help

If you are new to LinkedIn, you may feel that setting up a profile is a daunting task.  Please bear in mind that your profile is a work in progress (not written in stone) and can be updated continually!  For additional information:  LinkedIn Profile - FAQ | LinkedIn Help.

To connect to our group:  Search for “Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicators” or click: (99+) OSU Pesticide Safety Group | Groups | LinkedIn.  You will need to request membership in the group (please allow 1-2 business days for approval).

Private Core Exam Prep Modules

2016 Changes in the Federal Worker Protection Standard

Agricultural Fertilizer Certification

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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.