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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

Study Materials Change

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

Coming October 2, 2023

Urban Landscape Pest Management Webinar 

Wednesday September 27, 2023

Deadline to register: September 20, 2023 - Registration is closed!


5 hour recertification webinar for 2023 season.

Core                           6a - Ornamental Pest
3a - Aquatic Pest        6c - Ornamental Weed
4a - Forestry Pest       8 - Turf
5 - Industrial Veg

Note: Change in agenda. 3A - Aquatic will be held in the morning. 

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection 

Next Course: October 26, 2023

Register HERE for October 26, 2023 - In-Person 


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?

Please note: The self-paced course is for Ohio recertification credits only.


Self-Paced Commercial Recertification 

Register here for the commerical pesticide self-paced course

January 23 - September 30 - 2023


2023 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

October 11 - Webinar

2024 Commercial Recertification Conferences 

Save the date! Registration coming October 1!!


Akron - January 11, 2024 - John S. Knight Center
Findlay - January 18, 2024 - Hancock Hotel
Columbus - February 14, 2024 - Convention Center
Cincinnati - February 22, 2024 - Oasis Conference Center (Loveland) 


Feb 27, 2024   - Ag. and Horticultural Field Crop
Feb 29, 2024   - Landscape, Turf and Ornamental
March 5, 2024 - Industrial Veg, Natural Areas and Aquatic
March 7, 2024 - Structural and Vertebrate Pests

Februrary 28, 2024 - Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification

2024 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Save the date! Registration coming soon!!

Febuary 7, 2024 - Online Webinar
March 20, 2024 - In-Person
April 10, 2024 - Online Webinar
May 15, 2024 - In-Person
August 21, 2024 - In-Person
October 2, 2024 - Online Webinar

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


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.