Certification of commercial applicators is generally a two-step process. Applicators seeking certification will take a Core examination that addresses fundamentals of pesticide use and at least one category exam that relates to their field of professional interest. Once the required exams are passed, certification is good for five (5) years.
Applicants may choose to attend Core and category training programs offered by Purdue Pesticide Programs. Core and category training sessions are optional, day-long events with exams offered at the end of their respective training days.
Applicants may choose an online eLearning course that will provide online instruction from speakers with practical experience augmented by photographs, videos and activities.