Department of Agriculture
Continuing Education Requirements

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Each CEU is $15.00

Recertification Requirements:

Pesticides are those substances, which control, kill, or mitigate pest organisms, and include, but not limited to, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. The following information briefly explains the need for certification and the process of becoming a certified pesticide applicator. Applicator certification can be divided into two groups:

Certification as a commercial or public applicator is required if:

Certification as a private applicator is required if:

Currently there are 26 categories of commercial and public applicators. To be eligible for certification a person must pass two written examinations (core and category) and be employed by a pesticide application business. Once exams have been successfully passed, that person has 12 months to apply for certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

In anticipation of employment by a pesticide application business, an individual may take and pass the examinations, and receive certification upon employment, provided the employment begins within 12 months of initial certification eligibility.

Study materials to prepare for the testing may be obtained through Penn State's Publications Distribution Center. Arrangements for testing may be made locally through the PA Department of Agriculture regional offices.

To maintain certification, applicators must attend update-training programs in core and appropriate category-specific topics. Six core credits and up to 10 category credits for each category in which the applicator is certified.

Recertification credits are accumulated based on attendance at approved meetings and other appropriate training. Annual statements of credits, which outline the credit requirements and recertification renewal date, are mailed to each certified applicator.

If the recertification credit requirements are not met by the specified date, the applicator's license will expire and that applicator will no longer be permitted to make pesticide applications until the license is reinstated.

To obtain pesticide certification, applicators must accumulate update training at three-year intervals for which recertification credits have been approved. Regardless of the category of certification, each applicator must accumulate six core credits. The number of category specific credits required for recertification varies from category to category. Specific requirements are listed below.

-- Category Credits
01 Agronomic Crops 10
02 Fruit and Nuts 10
03 Vegetable Crops 10
04 Agricultural Animals 6
05 Forest Pest Control 8
06 Ornamental and Shade Trees 10
07 Lawn and Turf 10
08 Seed Treatment 4
09 Aquatic Pest Control 4
10 Right-of-way 8
11 Household/Health Related 10
12 Wood Destroying Pests 10
13 Structural Fumigation 6
-- Category Credits
14 Industrial Weeds 8
15 Public Health - Vertebrate Pest 08
16 Public Health - Invertebrate Pest 8
17 Regulatory Pest Control 10
18 Demonstration and Research 10
19 Wood Preservation 4
20 Commodity and Space Fumigation 6
21 Soil Fumigation 4
22 Interior Plantscape 6
23 Park/School Pest Control 10
24 Swimming Pools 4
25 Aerial Applicator 10
26 Sewer Root Control 4

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Plant Industry
Division of Health and Safety-Pesticides
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408
717-783-3275 (fax)

The following courses and appropriate continuing education points have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Registration Information

To register for the online courses, click here for the Credit Card Registration (instant passwords) Before you register Please turn off spam detection, or allow "" to send you email, your passwords are in this email we send you after you register. We accept Discover, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Checks. Once payment has been received, we will email or fax your list of passwords to enter the courses. These passwords will be good until the states' current year deadline. All classes must be completed in the current year registered in. After that a new registration will be required and a new fee charged. The courses may be printed out to study or studied on screen. When you have completed the study material, go to the "Test Questions for Credit". The test will consist of 10 randomly generated questions. PRINT this test out first, answer the questions on paper and fax or mail this back to Once we receive ALL THE TEST FROM A REGISTRATION, the test will be reviewed, a Certificate will be issued and the licensing agency notified of your CEUs. We will maintain your records for the appropriate time frame.

We hope you enjoy the courses. We are hoping you will use the information in each course to assist you in making decisions about your pesticide applications. Please print the material and place it in a notebook for future reference. If you have any questions please e-mail us at There is a $10.00 processing fee for full refunds, partial refund fees are determined by the administration. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

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