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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Technical Categories of Licensure

Each category is designed for pesticide use requiring specific professional knowledge. A company’s entire range of pesticide use must be covered by the categories on the applicator’s license. Many applicators need multiple categories on their licenses.

*Training for these categories is offered during the training season.

*Aquatic Pest Control:
Pesticide use for weed control in standing or running water.
*Demonstration and Research:
Pesticide use during research or the teaching of pesticide and equipment use.
*Field Crop Pest Control:
Pesticide use in corn, soybeans, small grains, forages, grasslands, etc.
Forest Pest Control:
Pesticide use in forests, forests nurseries, and forest seed-producing areas.
Fruit Crop Pest Control:
Pesticide use in fruit and nut crops.
*Grain Facility pest control:
Pesticide use in and around grain elevators or similar grain holding facilities, conveyances, and transportation facilities.
Livestock Pest Control:
Pesticides applied to livestock or livestock barns.
*Mosquito control:
Insecticides applied to control mosquitoes.
*Ornamental Pest Control:
Pesticide use on trees, shrubs, and ornamental plantings.
Plant Management Pest Control:
Pesticide use on portable plants used for interior landscaping and environmental enhancement.
*Rights-of-Way Pest Control:
Chemical weed control on non-crop sites such as parking lots, along roads, in access rights-of-way, and in fence lines.
Sewer Line Root Control:
Chemical control of roots in sewer lines.
*Seed Treatment:
Pesticide use on seeds.
Soil Fumigation:
Pesticide use for soil fumigation.
*Turf Pest Control:
Pesticide use on turf areas and sod farms.
Vegetable Crop Pest Control:
Pesticide use in vegetable crops