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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Pesticide Safety Education Program Publications

This is a current list of Illinois Pesticide Applicator Training Publications. These manuals and associated workbooks help explain the principles of safe and effective pesticide use. They will help you prepare for the certification exam(s) that you may need in order to apply pesticides in Illinois. To learn more about certification, visit our "facts and updates" page.

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Basic-level pesticide safety training manual for commercial applicators. Discusses integrated pest management, types of pesticides and their formulations, pesticide labels, human pesticide poisoning, pesticides in the environment, safe handling of pesticides, pesticide application equipment and calibration, and Illinois pesticide laws and regulations. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois turfgrasses, as well as turfgrass pesticide application equipment and calibration. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Discusses proper management of stored grain and the identification and control of important insect, fungus, rodent and bird pests of Illinois stored grain. For use by commercial and private applicators.


Discusses integrated pest management; common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois field crops; types of pesticides; their formulations; pesticide labels; human pesticide poisoning; pesticides in the environment; safe handling of pesticides; field crop pesticide application equipment and calibration; and pesticide laws and regulations. For use by farmers and other private pesticide applicators.


Covers general pesticide safety information, equipment calibration, drift management, navigation, target calculation, and preparation of spray using dry and liquid formulations. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Covers Illinois aquatic weeds, growth conditions, nonchemical and chemical controls, aquatic herbicides, and aquatic weed herbicide application equipment and calibration. Fish control and fish-related problems are also discussed. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Information for pesticide companies, educators and other professionals conducting research and demonstration studies on pesticides who need certification in the category of demonstration and research. Includes specific rules and regulations, small experimental plot design, calibration of small-plot applicators and diagnosis of pesticide injury. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois field crops. Field crop pesticide application equipment and calibration is also discussed. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Designed to provide information for persons with pest problems in forests including forest nurseries, Christmas tree farms, windbreaks, wood lots, timber production forests, and recreational forests. It also serves as a study manual for persons wishing to become certified as Commercial or Public Forest Pest Control Applicators. This manual contains silvicultural and integrated pest management suggestions for controlling insect pests, weeds, and diseases of forests. Also included are the types of pesticide application equipment used to treat ornamental trees and shrubs and methods of calibrating this equipment. It is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Discusses integrated pest management strategies and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois fruit and vegetable crops, as well as pesticide application and calibration for those crops. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Discusses integrated pest management and common insect pests of livestock and livestock barns, as well as pesticide application equipment and calibration. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Designed to provide information for persons needing to control mosquitoes in large areas such as municipalities, townships, and housing developments. Discusses the identification and habits of common Illinois mosquitoes, the diseases that they transmit, the survey of mosquitoes to determine the species and numbers present, and the integrated pest management of pest species. It is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.



See the companion workbook, Mosquito Workbook.


Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois ornamental plants, as well as ornamental plant pesticide application equipment and calibration. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Discusses pesticide labels and labeling. Contains Illinois Pesticide Act and associated rules and regulations. Dealers must be licensed to sell pesticides in Illinois. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois interiorscape plants, as well as interiorscape plant pesticide application equipment and calibration. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Identifies types of rights-of-way areas, the weeds and other pests that are controlled in these areas, methods of control, and reducing pesticide impact on other nontarget areas. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.



Discusses benefits and risks associated with seed treatments, seed and seedling pests, seed treatment products and safe use, and seed treatment equipment and calibration. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.




Discusses the chemical control of roots in sewer lines, as well as pesticide application. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.


Discusses soil fumigants, safe handling, application methods and equipment, and calibration. Also discusses aerated steam pasteurization. This manual is to be used in preparation for Pesticide Applicator Training examinations.