Penn State's Online Recertification Courses

Listed below are the interactive online courses available for pesticide applicators to earn recertification credits at their convenience.
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Penn State's Online Recertification Courses

Descriptions of our interactive, online courses are listed below. To Register, go to the eXtension web page and click on the course you want to take. Please refer to these steps for more detailed instructions.

Please Note: Applicators can only take each online course ONCE in their lifetime for recertification credits. The same course cannot be taken more than once for credit because the content does not change.

Pesticide Application Procedures

$20, 35:15 minutes in length; 1 CORE credit

Course Description: In this interactive recertification course, you will learn about: common application methods; safety systems; application equipment; area formulas; calibrating equipment; calculating application rates; and minimizing drift. Just a word of caution, the last quiz is very calculations focused but provides detailed explanations of how to find the answer.

Pesticides in the Environment

$35, 45:36 minutes in length; 2 CORE credits ( also available in Spanish)

Course Description: In this interactive recertification course, you will learn about: general chemical properties, types of degradation, how pesticides move in the environment, pesticide drift, sources of water contamination, soil properties and leaching, best management properties, and pesticide effects on non-targets.

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.

Pesticide Formulations

$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.

Pesticide Labeling

$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.

Pest Management

$35, 63:58 minutes in length, 2 CORE credits ( also available in Spanish)

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.

Contact Information

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.pa.gov. 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.