Commercial Applicators

Initial Certification



The recent COVID-19 (Corornavirus) situation has caused numerous disruptions. Pesticide training provided by Purdue Pesticide Programs has been required to follow guidelines established by Purdue University. You will be contacted with your options if you are registered for a training session that has been impacted. Keep in mind, with the fluid nature of the current state of events, these are tentative processes and could change at any time.

How do I get Certified?

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.

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Training Programs

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.

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Applicants may choose an online eLearning course that will provide online instruction from speakers with practical experience augmented by photographs, videos and activities.

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