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Pesticide Applicator Categories

  1. Regulatory Pest Management
    • State, federal or other governmental employees who apply pesticides to control regulated pests. Example: a Soil and Water Conservation District employee who applies herbicides to control invasive weeds on land. Note: Rodent control is now covered by Category 17C.
  2. Pesticide Consultation and Demonstration
    • Government employees, extension agents, and others who instruct, advise, demonstrate, or make pesticide recommendations. Example: A cooperative extension agent who makes recommendations to homeowners about which type of pesticide to use.
  3. Agricultural Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply pesticides to agricultural crops or commodities, greenhouses, nurseries, animals, etc. Examples: A commercial applicator who is hired to control fungus in a greenhouse or a farmer who applies a restricted use pesticide to a crop on their own property. Note: Excludes soil or commodities fumigation. These uses are certified under Category 15 and 16.
  4. Turf and Ornamental Pest Control
    • Applicators who use pesticides to control outdoor pests on landscaping or lawns. Examples: Groundskeepers who use weed and lawn feed products on a client's lawn, or a tree care company that injects trees to control aphids.
  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.
  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 northern pike.
  7. Structural Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply pesticides in, on, or around structures and adjacent areas to control pests in those structures. Example: A pest control company that sprays for spiders inside someone's home. Note: Excludes fumigation. This use is certified under Category 16. Use of anti-microbials within structures (carpet sanitizing, janitorial sanitizers) does not require certification.
  8. Public Health Pest Control
    • Individuals in the health care or environmental health field who use or recommend pesticides. Example: An environmental health officer who recommends pesticides for bedbug control.
  9. Right-of-Way and Industrial Grounds Pest Control
    • Individuals who use pesticides to control pests along rights-of-way for roads, railroads, airfields, power lines, pipelines, or at tank farms or industrial sites.
  10. Mosquito and Biting Fly Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply pesticides to control mosquitoes or biting flies. Note: Does not allow applicator to apply pesticides to water.
  11. Aerial Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply pesticides by manned or unmanned aircraft. Aerial applicators must also have a valid pilot's license.
  12. Forest Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply pesticides in forests, or forest nurseries.
  13. Restricted-Use Pesticide Dealer
    • Individuals who sell or distribute restricted use pesticides to other certified applicators.
  14. Pesticide Research
    • Individuals who conduct field research on pesticide use.
  15. Soil Fumigation
    • Individuals who apply fumigants to soil to control pests. Note: Applicators must also provide proof of product registrant training completion.
  16. Non-Soil Fumigation Pest Control
    • Individuals who apply fumigants to fumigate anything other than soil.
  17. Vertebrate Pest Control
    1. Full Vertebrate Pest Control
      • Individuals who apply pesticides to control various species of vertebrate animals, whether indoors or outdoors.
    2. Limited Vertebrate Pest Control – Rodents
      • Individuals who apply pesticides to control only rodent populations, whether indoors or outdoors.
    3. Limited Vertebrate Pest Control – Predators
      • Individuals who apply sodium cyanide ejectors or sodium fluroacetate collars for predator control. Note: Applicators must also provide documentation of attending a training session on product specific safe handling, proper use, use of antidotes, and product specific record keeping requirements.
  18. Oilfield Biocides
    • Individuals who apply biocides during the process of oil and gas exploration, production, storage, or transport.
  19. Pesticide Technician
    • Individuals who apply General Use Pesticides only under the direction of a fully certified applicator.

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