Pesticide Safety Education Program

April 2018 TRAINING

Pesticide Applicator Training Sessions for 2018  will be held on April 3, 4 & 5th 2018 via distance delivery to communities across Alaska.  Cost is $75.00 and includes all materials and testing.  Classroom participation begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 5:00-5:30 p.m. with breaks scheduled.  Classes will be held in Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su and other locations as requested. 

Self Study is always an option with materials provided and testing proxied as scheduled.  

Online registration is found here:

Certification is required by law for individuals engaged in the following practices:

1.  Purchase, use or sale of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restricted use pesticides (RUP).
2. Use or supervise the use of an EPA general or RUP for commercial purposes (for hire).
3. Apply pesticides to someone else’s property.
4. Consult or advise about pesticides.
5.  Use or supervise the use of pesticides at a public place, such as a school, common area of an apartment building or government office, parks, or public sports field, unless it is an antimicrobial.
6. Satisfy the requirements of a pesticide permit.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Pesticide Control Program has made regulatory changes to the certified applicator categories which take effect starting January 2018.

The following are the DEC pesticide Applicator categories:
Category # 1- Regulatory Pest Control
Category #2 - Pesticide Consultation and Demonstration
Category #3 - Private Agricultural Pest Control
Category #4 - Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
Category #5 - Anti-fouling Paint
Category #6 - Aquatic Pest Control
Category #7 - Structural Pest Control
Category #8 - Public Health Pest Control
Category #9 - Right-of-Way Pest Control
Category #10 - Mosquito and Biting Fly Pest Control
Category #11 - Aerial Pest Control
Category #12 - Forest Pest Control
Category #13 - Restricted-Use Dealer
Category #14 - Pesticide Research
Category #15 - Soil Fumigation
Category #16 - Non-Soil Fumigations
Category #17A - Full Vertebrate Pest Control
Category #17B - Limited Vertebrate Pest Control
Category #17C - Limited Vertebrate Pest Control
Category #18 - Oilfield Biocides
Category #19 - Pesticide Technician

Students will need to choose the appropriate category(ies) they intend to work in order to receive the correct training materials.

Please refer to the attached list of category descriptions. If you have questions please contact Janice Chumley at 262-5824 or Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or

Materials can be picked up at your local Cooperative Extension District Offices during scheduled office hours. Remote locations will be mailed study materials after registration with ample time allowed for delivery.  

Proctored testing is arranged after training or can be scheduled per district. 

Anchorage Pesticide Applicators Exams
The Anchorage Extension office will proctor pesticide applicator core and category exams on Wednesdays. Appointments are required and should be made at least 5 business days in advance to ensure space is available. To make arrangements for your exam please call 786-6300.

Training materials may be picked up during regular business hours (Tues-Thurs, 12-4) or by appointment. Please call (786-6300) ahead so we can have your specific materials ready for you!

If you need to take an exam on a day other than Wednesday, special arrangements can be made on a limited basis as staffing and time allows. 

Questions concerning your category of certification should be directed to the Division of Environmental Health Pesticide Program's website or by calling 1-800-478-2577 or 376-1870.


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