pesticide education

The UVM Pesticide Safety Education Program works closely with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets to provide training and education resources for current and prospective pesticide applicators, ensuring proper and legal use of pesticides that reduces potential risk to human health and the environment.

Anyone in the state of Vermont who uses, supervises, recommends, or sells pesticides and/or trains Worker Protection Standard handlers/workers may be required to take and pass the CORE exam and all appropriate category exams to become certified. Certification is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets to ensure that pesticides are used in a proper and legal manner.


CORE Training

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Resources to help study for the Vermont Pesticide Applicator CORE exam. These materials are NOT intended as a substitute for study of the manual and inserts.

Initial Certification Review and Exam

  • White River Junction: April 25, 2018 Details (PDF) |  Registration
  • Burlington: April 26, 2018 Details (PDF) |  Registration

CORE Study Materials

This information is derived from presentations given at Initial Certification Reviews offered annually by University of Vermont Extension and Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Contributors include: Ann Hazelrigg and Sarah Kingsley-Richards, University of Vermont, and Matt Wood, Vermont Agency of Agriculture. These materials are NOT intended as a substitute for study of the manual and inserts.

1. Some Basics
2. Pests
3. Pesticides
4. Formulations
5. Pesticide Exposure & Risk
6. The Toxicity of Pesticides
7. Protecting Yourself
8. Responding to a Pesticide Exposure
9. Heat Stress
10. Fate of Pesticides in the Environment
11. Pesticides and Water
12. Pesticide Resistance
13. Principles of Pest Management
14. Federal Pesticide Laws & Regulations
15. Pesticide Residue & Tolerance
16. State Laws & Regulations
17. Storing Pesticides
18. Transporting Pesticides
19. Pesticide Security
20. Emergency Planning & Response
21. Application Methods & Equipment
22. Pesticide Drift
23. Application Safety
24. Equipment Calibration
25. Calculations
26. Mixing & Loading
27. Managing Pesticide Wastes
28. The Pesticide Label
29. Professional Conduct & Liability

Other Pesticide Training

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Pesticide Recertification Course Locator (USA Plants)

Commercial Applicator Education: Field and Forage Crops

  • South Burlington: March 29, 2018 | Details (PDF) | Registration

Fine Tuning Your Crop and Forage Program

  • Bradford: March 27, 2018 | Details (PDF) | Registration

Conducting a Training?

Request for Pesticide Course Recertification Credit Assignment (USAPlants)

The Pesticide Applicator Report

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Published by University of Vermont Extension and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets for Vermont's pesticide applicators. Includes mail-in quizes for pesticide recertification credits.

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This work is supported by Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no. 2017-70006-27143/1013802] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.