Certification Categories for Pesticide Applicators

Applicators (Commercial, Public, Non-commercial) and Consultants must be certified in the categories they are working in.

1A, Agricultural Pests   Using pesticides in agricultural crops to control insects and other invertebrates, plant diseases, nematodes, and similar pests

1B, Agricultural Weeds   Using pesticides in agricultural crops to control undesirable plants or as desiccants or defoliants

1C, Animal Pests   Using pesticides on pets or livestock and in places where animals are confined to control lice, mites, fleas, flies, and similar pests

2, Forest Pests & Weeds   Using pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed producing areas

3A, Ornamental & Turf Pests   Using pesticides in ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf to control invertebrates, plant diseases, nematodes, and similar pests

3B, Ornamental & Turf Weeds   Using pesticides in ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf to control weeds

4, Seed Treatment   The treatment of seeds to control insects, plant diseases and other pests

5, Aquatic Pests & Weeds   Using pesticides in aquatic environments to control weeds, algae, undesirable fish, and other organisms, excluding public health pests

6A, Wood Preservation   Treatment of wood products before their use in construction, and in-place treatment of utility poles, pilings, etc., to control wood destroying fungi or insects

6B, Right-Of-Way & Industrial Weeds   Using pesticides to control vegetation along public roads, power lines, pipelines, or railways, and around oil wells, storage areas, airports and similar areas

7A, Structural Pests   Using pesticides to control general household pests (other than wood-destroying pests), fabric pests, and stored product pests

7B, Vertebrate Pests   Using pesticides to control rodents, birds, bats, and other vertebrates that invade structures

7C, Fumigation   Using pesticide gases to control pests in structures, railroad cars, stored grain and similar areas

7D, Wood-Destroying Pests   Using pesticides to control termites, carpenter ants, beetles, fungi, and other pests which attack wood and wood products in structures

8, Public Health Pests   Using pesticides to control mosquitoes, flies, fleas and other vectors that transmit human or animal diseases. As the name implies, this category is for people working in public health pest control programs – primarily governmental employees, but also commercial applicators contracted by government agencies to control mosquitoes or other public health pests area-wide.

9, Regulatory (Quarantine) Pests   State, federal or other government employees using pesticides to control regulated and/or quarantined pests

10, Demonstration & Research   Using pesticides in research plots or demonstrating proper application techniques to the public

11, Other   Includes 11B, Cooling Towers; 11E, Worker Protection Standard; Predator Control using M-44 or LPC devices

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