Penn State's Online Recertification Courses
To register: either click on the link for each recertification course below or refer to these steps for further instructions.
Planning the Pesticide Application
$20, 27:19 minutes in length; 1 CORE credit
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn details to consider before starting a pesticide application, how to select the appropriate pesticide for the job, and then how to carefully review the label. Other factors involved are knowing how to test for pesticide compatibility prior to mixing; what PPE to wear during mixing, loading, and cleaning; how to transfer pesticide contents safety, and how to clean up after an application.Register for the Planning a Pesticide Application Course
$20, 34:58 minutes in length; 1 CORE credit
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn about solubility; advantages, disadvantages, and abbreviations of dry, liquid, and other formulation types; pesticide mixtures, compatibility, and jar testing; and types of adjuvants and surfactants.
Emergency or Incident Response
$20, 30:43 minutes in length; 1 CORE credit
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn the components of an emergency response plan, how to create a site map, the potential problems with pesticide fires, about the Hazard Identification System sign, how to handle a pesticide spill, and what to include in a spill kit.
Transportation, Storage, and Security
$20, 23:51 minutes in length, 1 CORE credit
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn safety and security issues while pesticides are in transit or in storage, vehicle operator responsibilities, other transportation precautions, risk assessment, employee training, and preventing security problems.
$20, 27:27 minutes in length, 1 CORE credit
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn about how a pesticide is brought to market, types of pesticide registrations, when to read the pesticide label, parts of the label, signal words, and MSDSs.
$35, 63:58 minutes in length, 2 CORE credits
Course Description: In this recertification course, you will learn about the history of pest control, bioaccumulation and biomagnification, main groups of pests, pest management methods, groups of pesticides, contact and systemic pesticides, and integrated pest management.
Spill Kits: Be Prepared for a Pesticide Spill
$15 — 1 Core Recertification Credit
This one-credit recertification course will take you through the three steps to clean up a spill: Control the spill, Contain the spill, and Clean up the spill. The next section will show you what is included in a commercially packaged agricultural spill kit and the cost. Finally, you will be shown how to assemble your own spill kit at a lower cost.
For questions regarding the Penn State's online Pesticide Education Program course, please contact Sharon Gripp.
Find Other Online Recertification Courses
Find other approved online recertification courses at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's website at: www.paplants.state.pa.us. Highlight Pesticide Programs on the left hand side, then click on Recertification Course Locator. From there, select Online for the meeting type, choose the category you need, and click on Search. A list of meetings will appear and to find more information about the course, click on Details in the first column.