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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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Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Training
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Private Recertification



News & Events

2024 Commercial Recertification Conferences 

Self-Paced Course - Now Open!

Register for the self-paced commercial pesticide recert here!

Register here for fertilizer recertification! 

In-Person - Registration Closed.  Walk-INS accepted for Cincinnati

Akron - January 11, 2024 - John S. Knight Center - Registration CLOSED. Walk ins are welcome!
Findlay - January 18, 2024 - Hancock Hotel - Registration is CLOSED. Event is full.
Columbus - February 14, 2024 - Convention Center - Registration CLOSED. Walk ins are welcome!
Cincinnati - February 22, 2024 - Oasis Conference Center (Loveland) - Registration CLOSED. Walk ins are welcome!

Register online with credit card here
Download form to pay with check - In-Person conferences 

Webinars - Now open!

Choose the webinar to register:

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
March 28, 2024 - FIRST-TIME Fertilizer Certification Webinar - 3HOUR

Download form to pay by check - Webinars


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:

March 21, 2024 - In-Person - Register HERE 

July TBD - Registration coming soon!


Updates to WDI Reporting

2024 Commercial New Applicator Trainings

Register Now! Click the event date below:

February 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

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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.