Pesticide Applicator Short Courses

Pesticide applicator short courses prepare professionals in a classroom-style setting to take the certified pesticide applicator’s exam.
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Pesticide Applicator

Pesticide applicator short courses prepare professionals in a classroom-style setting to take the certified pesticide applicator’s exam. These courses are not required, as study materials are also available for purchase for self-study. Many find these courses helpful when preparing to take the CORE exam, or any of the following Category exams: 06 Ornamental and Shade Trees, 07 Lawn and Turf, 10 Right-of-way and Weeds, and 23 Parks and Schools Pest Control. Core and Category Study packets are not included in the course fee. All individuals are responsible for bringing their own study packets; for more information see the Certification Exam Study Materials  page or call 1-877-345-0691.

Pennsylvania’s Pesticide Control Act of 1973 requires any individual who applies a pesticide application to a property not owned or rented by the applicator or their employer to have a commercial or public pesticide applicator certification. Not only should landscapers be licensed but also other professionals who apply pesticides in the landscape. Other professionals include state park employees and ground supervisors of schools, athletic fields, and golf courses.

All certification exam dates and locations can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PaPlants Website. The CORE exam is $50, and each category exam is $10; these fees are NOT included in the course fee. Typically, the course is $50 a day with a max fee of $150. Note: the number of days varies depending on what categories you want to attend.

Multiple Pesticide Applicator Short Courses are held throughout the state every year. The following list includes tentative locations and dates (if set) for the upcoming year. Unless otherwise indicated, the courses are for commercial and public applicators. If interested, contact the coordinator to receive information when registration is opened. Please note that courses can be cancelled due to low enrollments.

LocationTime FrameCoordinatorContact Information
Berks CountyTypically in January (no dates announced yet)Tanner DelvalleEmail:
Phone: 570-622-4225
Allegheny CountyTypically in January (no dates announced yet)Sandy FeatherEmail:
Phone: 412-482-3454
Locations in 12 counties including:
Blair, Bucks or Montgomery, Centre, Indiana, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mercer, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Tioga, and York
Course Details and Registration 

Private Applicator Short Course:
February 25 and 27, 2019

Andrew FrankenfieldEmail:
Bucks County
(Taught in Spanish)

Course Details and Registration:
in Spanish 
in English 

February 25, 26, and 27, 2019 (9am-3:30pm)
Exam scheduled: March 8, 2019

May also have course in October

Maria Gorgo-GourovitchEmail:
Phone: 610-696-3500
Clinton County
Course Details and Registration 
February 25 to March 1, 2019Thomas ButzlerEmail:
Phone: 570-726-0022
Lehigh County
Course Details and Registration 
March 4, 6, 7, 12, and 14, 2019Amy KormanEmail:
Phone: 610-391-9840
Southeast PATypically in July or August and in November or DecemberEmelie SwackhamerEmail:
Phone: 610-489-4315
York CountyTypically in SeptemberTimothy AbbeyEmail:
Phone: 717-840-7408
Erie County

Typically in October

Ruth BennerEmail:
Phone: 814-825-0900