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2021 Live Online Recertification 

Registration open today! Click on the event below for the registration link. No webcam is needed to participate in the live online webinars! These webinars will not offer credit from other states. 

Live Commercial Pesticide Recertification Webinars

Live Commerical Pesticide Recertification Webinars
Landscape, Turf and Ornamental - January 28, 2021 
Industrial Vegetation, Natural Areas and Aquatic - February 3, 2021 
Structural and Vertebrate Pests - February 11, 2021 
Agricultural and Horticultural Field Crop - February 23, 2021
Landscape, Turf and OrnamentalMarch 4, 2021 - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Agriculture Fertilizer Recertification March 25, 2021

Live Private Pesticide and Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification Webinar

Online Private Applicator Recertification - March 25, 2021

Live Agricultural Fertilizer FIRST-TIME Certification Webinar

Agricultural Fertilzer FIRST-TIME Certification - February 25, 2021

Questions about the Live Online Recert? Visit our frequently asked questions page.


2021 Ohio Self-Paced Online Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification

Anyone who is registered for the 2020 course has until July 1, 2021 to submit their recertification form for 2020 recertification credits

You must register for the self-paced courses online, no registration over the phone. All courses are available until July 1, 2021. You may work at your own pace, but complete and submit your recertification form by this deadline.

For a receipt, please email FAES-OnlineOutreach@osu.edu

Ohio Private Pesticide Applicators:

FARMERS ONLY - Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $35
Course closes 11:59 July 1.
Click here for a video tutorial to help you register for the online private course. 

Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicators:

Register Here Must register online, no registration over the phone
-Register by the hour in the yellow table on the registration page.
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 $15. Register For Fertilizer Here)
Course closes 11:59 September 30.
Click here for video tutorials to help you navigate the online commerical course. 


Ohio Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification:

AG FERTILIZER those with a Private License or Ag. Fertilizer Only
Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $15
Course closes 11:59 July 1.

AG FERTILIZER those with a Commercial License
Register Here - Must register online, no registration over the phone
Cost: $15
Course closes 11:59 September 30


No refunds are available for these online courses. Note: This course will show on your credit card statement as "OSU CFAES ONLIN OUTREACH".

Click here for more information

Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification Deadline Extended

Governor DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 404 extending the commercial and private pesticide recertification and fertilizer recertification December 1, 2020 deadline to July 1, 2021.

What does this mean?

Private and Fertilizer Applicators who expire in March 2020 or 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to renew and recertify.

Commercial applicators expiring in 2020 now have until July 1, 2021. The deadline for commercial applicators expiring in September 2021 is not changed by this bill.



Wood Destroying Insect Inspection 

Next Course:

Thursday, March 11

This course will be held as on online webinar. 

Updates to WDI Reporting

2021 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Registration and More Information Coming Soon

Online Webinars

February 17, 2021
March 17, 2021
April 21, 2021
May 12, 2021

General Pest Control: March 16-17

Location TBA

August 18, 2021
October 6, 2021

Dicamba Update





  • No update available to date


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

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.