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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Ohio State University Extension



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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

NOTE: Walcom, our registration company, is currently unavailable due to unforseen circumstances. Please contact us at or 614-728-6987 for registration questions or concerns.

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection 

Next Course: March 16 - in person at ODA in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Register Here for March 16 course

Updates to WDI Reporting

Self-Paced Recertification Course Now Open:

Register here for the commerical pesticide self-paced course - scroll to the yellow table Please carefully check that you need this course, there are no refunds.

Register for Fertlilizer Recertification (15C or 15P) Here

What should I know before registering for the self-paced course?

2023 Commercial Recertification Opportunities

Registration Now Open.

Select the conference or webinar to register.

In-Person Multi-Track
In-Person Specialized

View all opportunities here. 

In-Person Conferences

Multi-Track Conference

  • Pre-Registration Required
  • Carefully check the category list

January 25, 2023 - Cincinnati Area (NEW LOCATION - Oasis Conference Center) 
February 21, 2023- Columbus (NEW LOCATON - Fawcett Center) - COLUMBUS IS FULL - 
to be put on a waitlist, call 740-524-4123 or email 

Categories offered:
Core                                5- Ind. Vegetation           10b- Termite
2a- Ag. Pest                    6a- Ornamental Pest       10c - Fumigation
2b- Fruit & Veg Pest        6c- Orn. Weed                 10d- Vector Control
2c- Field Crop Weed       6d - Greenhouse             12 - Wood Destroying Insect
2d- Seed Treatment        7- Vertebrate Pest
3a- Aquatic                     8- Turf
4a- Forestry                   10a- General Pest

New - SPecialized Days

Ag. and Horticultural Field Crop - February 14, 2023; Findlay, Ohio

2a- Ag. Pest
2b- Fruit & Veg Pest
2c- Field Crop Weed
2d- Seed Treatment
5- Ind. Vegetation
10c - Fumigation
15* - Ag Fertilizer

Landscape, Turf and Ornamental February 15, 2023

3a- Aquatic
4a- Forestry
5- Ind. Vegetation
6a- Ornamental Pest
6c- Orn. Weed
8- Turf
10d- Vector Control

Live Online Webinars

Feb 28, 2023 - Ag. and Horticultural Field Crop
March 2, 2023 - Landscape, Turf and Ornamental
March 7, 2023 - Industrial Veg, Natural Areas and Aquatic
March 9, 2023 - Structural and Vertebrate Pests

March 1, 2023 - Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification


Self-Paced Commercial Recertification

January 23 - September 30 - 2023



2023 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Registration and More Information Coming Soon

2023 Dates

February 8 - Webinar
March 15 - In Person
April 12 - Webinar
May 10 - In Person
August 16 - 
In Person
October 11 - Webinar

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.