Pesticide Sprayer Cleanup

Learn why, where, and how to clean your sprayer, including cleaning steps and rinsate disposal. Earn pesticide applicator recertification credits.
Pesticide Sprayer Cleanup - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Sections: 2
Length: 30 minutes
Language: English
Note: Earn 1 Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) core credit and a certificate of completion

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Crop yield and quality depend on effective application of agricultural chemicals. Proper maintenance of sprayers can save you money, improve the performance of the pesticides, and protect the environment.

This asynchronous, self-paced course discusses the importance of maintaining and cleaning sprayers immediately after use. Through a combination of videos and short readings, you gain a solid understanding of why, when, and where to clean your pesticide sprayers. Learn what sprayer parts to clean, cleaning steps, and about common tank cleaning agents. A focus of this course is the importance of cleaning your sprayer in a location and manner that properly disposes of the rinsate generated. After each video, you can check your learning with quick ungraded questions.

By successfully completing this course, including passing a final quiz, you can earn 1 Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) core credit, as well as a certificate of completion.

(Note: it may take 2 to 4 week for recertification credits to be reported to and verified by PDA.)

Who is this for?
  • Certified pesticide applicators seeking core credits
  • Public or private applicators who currently use or plan to use sprayers to apply pesticides
  • People who contract out pesticide applicators and want to assure that the sprayer used has been cleaned properly prior to use
What will you learn?
  • Importance of sprayer cleanup
  • Sprayer components to clean
  • Steps of sprayer cleanup
  • Common types of tank cleaning agents
  • How to properly dispose of rinsate
  • General tips for sprayer cleanup


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