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:
ALL APPLICATORS, REGARDLESS OF CATEGORY, 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 164-165 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.