Certified Pesticide Applicator Study Materials

Alaska has 14 categories of certified applicators, based on the application site and the type of work they perform. Certification is required to:

  • Apply pesticides to someone else's property
  • Consult or advise about pesticides
  • Purchase, use, or sell restricted use pesticides
  • Apply pesticides to a public place, such as a school, common area of an apartment building or government office, parks, or public sports field.

APPLICATORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDING ALL THE MATERIAL IN THE STUDY MANUALS!

ALL APPLICATORS, REGARDLESS OF CATEGORY, MUST STUDY AND UNDERSTAND THESE MATERIALS:

    1. The National Applicator Certification Core Manual;
    2. Alaska Core Manual Supplemental pdf icon; and
    3. The State of Alaska Pesticide Regulations pdf icon in Title 18, Chapter 90 of the Alaska Administrative Code.

ALL APPLICATORS, REGARDLESS OF CATEOGORY, MUST BE ABLE TO PERFORM MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS

Basic math and calculation skills are necessary to successfully pass certification exams. We HIGHLY recommend that you carefully review pages 169-171 in the Core Manual. Additional resources for pesticide applicator math are available from the Purdue Pesticide Program.

APPLICATORS FOR SPECIFIC CATEGORIES MUST STUDY AND UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL COVERED IN THE FOLLOWING MANUALS AND GUIDES:

Some of these materials are available for free download, while others must be purchased. Please read the Alaska Supplemental Manuals first. They include specific information about which portions of the other study materials that you must know.

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Study Materials

 

Category

Manual

1.

Regulatory Pest Control - State, federal or other governmental employees who apply pesticides to control regulated pests. Example: A city employee who uses rodenticide to control rats.

  1. Alaska Regulatory Pest Management Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Rat Control for Alaska Waterfront Facilitiespdf icon
2.

Demonstration and Research Pest Control - Government employees, extension agents, or researchers who advise or make recommendations about pesticide use, demonstrate proper use or techniques, or conduct field research on pesticide use. Examples: A cooperative extension agent who makes recommendations to homeowners about which type of pesticide to use, or a university researcher studying the efficacy of pesticides in northern climates.

  1. Alaska Demonstration and Research Pest Control Supplemental Information pdf icon
  2. Oregon Pesticide Safety Education Program Demonstration and Research Pest Control Manualpdf icon
  3. Washington State University Turf and Ornamental Weed Management Principals EM035
  4. Washington State University Introduction to Insect and Disease Management MISC0175
3.

Private Agricultural Pest Control - Individuals who want to apply restricted use pesticides to agricultural crops or commodities, greenhouses, nurseries, animals, etc. Example: A farmer who applies a restricted use pesticide to a crop.

  1. Alaska Agricultural Pest Control Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Washington State University Agricultural Weed Management Principals MISC0167
  3. Washington State University Introduction to Insect and Disease Management MISC0175
  4. EPA How to Comply with WPS Manual
4.

Ornamental and Turf Pest Control - Applicators who use pesticides to control outdoor pests on landscaping lawns or turf. Example: Groundskeepers who use weed and lawn feed products on client's lawn or apply fungus control to ornamental plants, or a tree care company that injects tress to control aphids.

  1. Alaska Ornamental and Turf Pest Management Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Washington State University Turf and Ornamental Weed Management Principals EM035
  3. Washington State University Introduction to Insect and Disease Management MISC0175
5.

Anti-fouling Paint - Individuals who apply anti-fouling paint that inhibits the growth of algae, barnacles, marine borers, and other aquatic life on boat hulls.

  1. Alaska Anti-fouling Paint Applicator Manualpdf icon
6.

Aquatic Pest Control - Individuals who apply pesticides to any type of surface water, including lakes, ponds, streams, etc. Example: A Fish and Game employee who applies rotenone to eradicate invasive northern pike.

  1. Alaska Aquatic Pest Management Supplemental Information pdf icon
  2. Michigan State University Aquatic Pest Management, February 2006
7.

Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control - Individuals who apply pesticides to buildings or structures, including homes, restaurants, schools, hospitals, warehouses, storage units, or any other structures. Example: A pest control company that sprays for spiders inside someone's home; a carpet cleaning company that uses anti-bacterial sanitizer; or a mold remediation company that uses anti-fungal products to control mold.

  1. Alaska Structural Pest Control Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Washington State University Pest Management Study Manual for Pest Control Operators EM019
8.

Public Health Pest Control - Individuals in the health care or environmental health field who use or recommend pesticides. Example: A public health nurse who recommends pesticides for bedbug control or an environmental health officer who recommends pesticides for sanitation at a restaurant.

  1. Alaska Public Health Manualpdf icon
  2. Florida Public-Health Pesticide Applicator Training Manual
9.

Right-of-Way Pest Control - Individuals who use pesticides to control unwanted vegetation along rights-of-way for roads, railroads, power lines, pipelines, etc.

  1. Alaska Right-of-way Pest Management Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Washington State University Rights-of-Way Vegetation Management EM029
10.

Mosquito and Biting Fly Pest Control - Individuals who apply pesticides to control mosquitoes or biting flies.

  1. Alaska Mosquito and Biting Fly Management Supplementpdf icon
  2. Florida Public-Health Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Chapter 3 - Mosquitoespdf icon
  3. Florida Public-Health Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Chapter 6 - Fliespdf icon
11.

Aerial Pest Control - Individuals who apply pesticides by aircraft, including fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and air cushion vehicles. Aerial applicators must also have a valid pilot's license.

  1. Alaska Aerial Pest Control Manual Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. National Aerial Applicator's Manual pdf icon
12.

Forest Pest Control - Individuals who use pesticides for forestry vegetation management programs, for controlling forest insects, or for maintaining logging roads.

  1. Alaska Forest Pest Management Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Insects and Diseases of Alaskan Forests
13.

Wood Preservatives - Applicators who apply wood-preservative pesticides on commercial or contract basis, to public places, on state owned land or rights-of-way, or apply restricted use wood preservative products.

  1. Alaska Wood Preservatives Supplemental Informationpdf icon
  2. Oregon State University Wood Preservation and Wood Products Treatment Training Manual EM-8403pdf icon
14.

Restricted Use Pesticide Dealer - Individuals who sell or distribute restricted use pesticides to other certified applicators.

  1. Alaska Restricted Use Pesticide Dealer Manualpdf icon