Pesticide Certification Categories and Exam Study Materials

Kimberly Pope, Richards, Nick  |  6/20/2013 3:23:42 AM

In this article:
Category 1: Agricultural Pest Control
Category 2A: Forest Pest Control (General Forestry)
Category 2B: Forest Pest Control (Forest Tree Seed, Orchards and Nurseries)
Category 2C: Forest Pest Control (Wood Processing)
Category 3: Ornamental and Turf
Category 4: Seed Treatment
Category 5: Aquatic
Category 5B: Antifouling Paint - TBT
Category 6: Right-of-Way and Industrial
Category 7B: Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health-Related Pest Control (In, On or Around Institutions, Motels, Hotels, Hospitals and Government Housing)
Category 7C-1: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (General Pest Control)
Category 8A: Public Health Pest Control (Mosquito Control Applicator)
Category 8E: Public Health Pest Control (Antimicrobial Pest Control)
Category 10: Agricultural Pest Control Demonstration & Research
Category 7D: Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (In and Around Schools)
Introduction
Category 7C-2: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (Vertebrate Control)
Category 7C-3: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (Stored Grain Pest Control)
Category 11: Aerial Application of Pesticides
Category 8B: Public Health Pest Control (Rodent Control)
Category 8C: Public Health Pest Control (Community Public Health Pest Control)
Category 8D: Public Health Pest Control (Mosquito Control Program Supervisor)
Category 8F: Public Health Pest Control (Root Control in Sewers)
General Standards
Private Applicator
Commercial Applicator
Study Manuals

Category 1: Agricultural Pest Control

Description: Spraying agricultural lands, grass lands and non-crop agricultural land

Study Guides Needed

Category 2A: Forest Pest Control (General Forestry)

Description: Spraying to control pests in the regeneration, management and production of forest stands

Study Guides Needed

Category 2B: Forest Pest Control (Forest Tree Seed, Orchards and Nurseries)

Description: Spraying to control pests and undesirable plants in production of forest tree seed, seedlings and cuttings

Study Guides Needed

Category 2C: Forest Pest Control (Wood Processing)

Description: Spraying pesticides in the manufacturing process of wood products

Study Guides Needed

Category 3: Ornamental and Turf

Description: Spraying to control pests in the maintenance and production of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and turf (working for lawn companies, nurseries, etc.)

Study Guides Needed

Category 4: Seed Treatment

Description: Using or supervising the use of restricted pesticides on seeds

Study Guides Needed

Category 5: Aquatic

Description: Commercial application or supervision of the use of restricted-use pesticides applied purposefully to standing or running water; spraying commercially around large bodies of waters, ponds, lakes, etc.

Study Guides Needed

Category 5B: Antifouling Paint - TBT

Description: Commercial application using or supervising the use of any restricted-use pesticide containing (TBT) in paints to be applied to vessel hulls and other marine structures to inhibit the growth of aquatic organisms such as barnacles and algae.

Study Guides Needed

  • TBT Anti-Fouling Paint

Category 6: Right-of-Way and Industrial

Description: Spraying in maintenance of public roads, electric power lines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way or similar areas

Study Guides Needed

Category 7B: Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health-Related Pest Control (In, On or Around Institutions, Motels, Hotels, Hospitals and Government Housing)

Description: Spraying around apartments, hotels, motels, hospitals

Study Guides Needed

Category 7C-1: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (General Pest Control)

Description: Spraying around food in warehouses, grains, flour mills, food processing plants, commercial grain elevators

Study Guides Needed

Category 8A: Public Health Pest Control (Mosquito Control Applicator)

Description: Spraying for mosquito control

Study Manuals Needed

Category 8E: Public Health Pest Control (Antimicrobial Pest Control)

Description: Air ducts in homes

Study Guides Needed

Category 10: Agricultural Pest Control Demonstration & Research

Description: Has to be certified in another category first -- Individuals who demonstrate to the public the proper use and techniques of application of pesticides with restricted use

Study Guides Needed

Category 7D: Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (In and Around Schools)

Description: Spraying in and around schools

Study Guides Needed

Introduction

In order to apply or sell pesticides, an applicator must become certified by passing an exam.  The type of certification required depends on the area in which the application will be made.  For those unsure in which category to become certified, contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) at 225.925.3787 to confirm the correct exam to take.  Once an applicator knows which exam to take, he or she may purchase study manuals to prepare for the exam.  When an applicator is ready to take an exam, he or she may contact the LDAF at 225.925.3787 to schedule and exam.

Category 7C-2: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (Vertebrate Control)

Description: Spraying around food in warehouses, grains, flour mills, food processing plants, commercial grain elevators

Study Guides Needed

Category 7C-3: Institutional, Industrial, Structural and Health-Related Pest Control (Stored Grain Pest Control)

Description: Spraying around food in warehouses, grains, flour mills, food processing plants, commercial grain elevators

Study Guides Needed

Category 11: Aerial Application of Pesticides

Description: Spraying pesticides via an aerial medium

Study Manuals Needed

Category 8C: Public Health Pest Control (Community Public Health Pest Control)

Description:

Study Manuals Needed

  • Public Health Pest Control

Category 8D: Public Health Pest Control (Mosquito Control Program Supervisor)

Description:

Study Manuals Needed

Category 8F: Public Health Pest Control (Root Control in Sewers)

Description:

Study Manuals Needed

General Standards

Description:  General pesticide and application information

Study Manuals Needed

Private Applicator

Description: Spraying for personal use (e.g. Master Gardeners)

Study Manuals Needed

Commercial Applicator

Commercial applicators typically apply pesticides for hire. The category for which a commercial applicator must be certified depends on the area in which the application will be made.  There are multiple types of certifications for commercial applicators. For more information on each category, see the sections below.

Study Manuals

Before taking an exam, there are manuals available to applicators for exam preparation. There are several ways to order manuals including:

  1. Picking one up in person on the LSU Campus at 268 Knapp Hall.
  2. Purchasing online at the LSU AgCenter Store. Manuals are $8 to $15 plus tax and shipping.
  3. Calling 225.578.5920 if the manual you are looking for is not on the website.
  4. For Core Manuals only: Picking one up in person during normal business hours Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) at most parish offices of the LSU AgCenter. Call to see if it is available for pickup or for assistance in ordering. Click here to locate your nearest AgCenter office.

Study Manuals Available for Purchase

Certification
Category
Manual Pub # Cost
. National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual (AKA General Standards) 2959 $15
1, 10 Agricultural Pest Control 1918 $8
2A Forest Pest Control (General Forestry) 1909 Free
2A Pest & Pest Management on Southern Forests . Free
2B Forest Pest Control (Forest, Tree, Seed Orchards and Nurseries) 1945 $8
2C Forest Pest Control (Wood Processing) 2316 $8
3 Ornamental and Turf Pest Control 1933 $8
4 Seed Treatment . Free
5 Training Manual for Aquatic Herbicide Applicators 2506 $8
5B TBT Anti-Fouling Paint . $8
6 Roadside Right-of-Way Vegetation Management 2508 $12
7B, 8B Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health-Related Pest Control Subcategory 7b:  In, On or Around Institutions, Motels, Hotels, Hospitals, Government Subsidized and Administered Housing, Multiplex Housing and Like Places as the Owner or in the Employ of the Owner 2958 $8
7C Institutional, Industrial, Structural & Health-Related Pest Control 2294 $8
7D, 8B Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health-Related Pest Control Subcategory 7D: Pest Control In and Around Schools 2601 $8
8A, 8D Mosquito Control Training Manual* . $15
8B, 8C Public Health Pest Control . .
8E Microbial Pest Control . Free
11 Aerial Applicator's Manual 3193 $15

*To order mosquito book, contact the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association at 985.543.0454.

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