New Exam Policy Released from PA Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has released a new policy on pesticide applicator certification category exams.
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Updated: August 31, 2016

When the study materials for category exams require significant updates or revisions, that will trigger a process to change the previously open book certification exam into a closed book exam. The reasons for this change include:

  • Meet changing federal requirements
  • Increase exam security
  • Align testing practices with the majority of other states allowing for reciprocity agreements
  • Offer exams on a more frequent basis

The first category to go through this change was Category 22: Interior Plantscape. Check back here to see when other category exams will be changing to a closed book format. All category exams will be transitioning to a closed book format.

Categories that have a closed book exam include:

  • Category 05: Forest Pest Control (December 3, 2018)
  • Category 08: Seed Treatment (November 12, 2018)
  • Category 19: Wood Preservation (August 1, 2018)
  • Category 25: Aerial Applicator (August 1, 2018)
  • Category 21: Soil Fumigation (April 23, 2018)
  • Category 24: Swimming Pools (December 19, 2016)
  • Category 06: Ornamental and Shade Trees (February 29, 2016)
  • Category 09: Aquatic Pest Control* (November 30, 2015)
  • Category 07: Lawn and Turf (November 2, 2015)
  • Category 11: Household and Health Related (March 30, 2015)
  • Category 22: Interior Plantscape (February 1, 2014)

* This does not include the cooling towers exam.

Categories going closed book within the next year include:

  • Category 03: Vegetable Crops (estimated Spring 2019)
  • Category 13: Structural Fumigation (estimated Spring 2019)
  • Category 20: Commodity and Space Fumigation (estimated Summer 2019)
  • Category 10: Right-of-way and Weeds (estimated Summer 2019)
  • Category 15: Public Health: Vertebrate Pests (estimated Summer 2019)
  • Category 16: Public Health: Invertebrate Pests (estimated Summer 2019)

Questions regarding this new policy should be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture by calling 717-772-5217.