Managing Pests While Protecting Pollinators

This approximately 2 hour course is presented in six modules and additional readings that provide a review for commercial growers of pollination, pollinator species, threats to pollinators, pest management overview & terminology, pesticide products overview, application practices to protect pollinators, and communication with the public. The modules are followed by a quiz that must be completed to receive credit. The modules may be viewed at your own pace. Upon completion, a certificate will be granted that must be printed and mailed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture for one (1) recertification credit. Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the review.

This course is for anyone wishing to retain a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.

Requires a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat.

For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program. [Published 2020]

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NOTE: Anyone using this course for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this course for credit *ONLY* if their local state certifying agency has approved this course.  Current states accepting reciprocal credits are: ME, NH, MA, CT, RI. Please check with your state certifying agency for confirmation and instruction on submitting proof of course completion for credit.

The fee for this course is $30.  To purchase and enroll in it, click the following button:

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.

This approximately 2.9 hour course is presented in ten modules that provide a review of Category 7a Subcategory Structural and Rodent manual content content required to take the Vermont 7A General (Structural) Pest Control pesticide applicator certification category exam. The modules may be viewed at your own pace and full completion is not required. Once enrolled, you will have FOURTEEN (14) DAYS to complete the review.

  • This course is for anyone wishing a Vermont 7A General (Structural) Pest Control pesticide applicator license: pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.
  • This course is not intended as a substitute for study of the manual and inserts (see list below).
  • This course does not provide recertification credit. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for recertification credits.

For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2020]

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NOTE: Anyone using the Category 7a Subcategory Structural and Rodent manual for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this review.  Please check with your state certifying agency for local laws, regulations, and additional required study materials.

The fee for this course is $40.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:


Pesticide Laws and Regulations (Chapters 1, 14, 16)

Storage, Transport, Security, Emergency Planning, Conduct and Liability (Chapters 17-20, 29)

This approximately 1 hour course is presented in two modules that provide a review of CORE manual content required for Vermont pesticide applicator certification. Each module is accompanied by a quiz that must be completed to receive credit. The modules may be viewed at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the review. 

  • This course is for anyone wishing to retain a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.
  • Upon completion, a certificate will be granted that must be printed and mailed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (or your local state certifying agency) to receive one (1) recertification credit.
  • This course does not provide a review of entire CORE manual content. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for review of other content, including materials required to take the Vermont pesticide applicator certification CORE exam.


For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2019]

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NOTE: This unit contains Vermont-specific laws and regulations that *DO NOT APPLY* for other state pesticide applicator recertification credit.

The fee for this course is $30.  To purchase and enroll in it, click the following button:

Formulations (Chapter 4)

Calibration, Calculations, Mixing and Loading, Managing Waste (Chapters 24-27)

This approximately 1 hour course is presented in two modules that provide a review of CORE manual content required for Vermont pesticide applicator certification. Each module is accompanied by a quiz that must be completed to receive credit. The modules may be viewed at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the review. 

  • This course is for anyone wishing to retain a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.  
  • Upon completion, a certificate will be granted that must be printed and mailed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (or your local state certifying agency) to receive one (1) recertification credit.
  • This course does not provide a review of entire CORE manual content. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for review of other content, including materials required to take the Vermont pesticide applicator certification CORE exam.


For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2019]

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NOTE: Anyone using the Northeast CORE Manual, 3rd Edition, for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this course for credit *ONLY* if their local state certifying agency has approved this course.  Current states accepting reciprocal credits are: ME, NH, MA, CT, RI. Please check with your state certifying agency for confirmation and instruction on submitting proof of course completion for credit.

The fee for this course is $30.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button.

Exposure and Risk, Toxicity, PPE, Responding to Exposure, Heat Stress, Residue and Tolerance, Safety (Chapters 5-9, 15, 23)

The Label (Chapter 28)

This approximately 1 hour course is presented in two modules that provide a review of CORE manual content required for Vermont pesticide applicator certification. Each module is accompanied by a quiz that must be completed to receive credit. The modules may be viewed at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the review. 

  • This course is for anyone wishing to retain a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.
  • Upon completion, a certificate will be granted that must be printed and mailed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (or your local state certifying agency) to receive one (1) recertification credit.
  • This course does not provide a review of entire CORE manual content. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for review of other content, including materials required to take the Vermont pesticide applicator certification CORE exam.

Requires a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat.

For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2019]

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NOTE: Anyone using the Northeast CORE Manual, 3rd Edition, for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this course for credit *ONLY* if their local state certifying agency has approved this course.  Current states accepting reciprocal credits are: ME, NH, MA, CT, RI. Please check with your state certifying agency for confirmation and instruction on submitting proof of course completion for credit.

The fee for this course is $30.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button.


Pest, Pesticides, Pest Management (Chapters 2, 3, 13)

Environment, Water, Resistance, Application, Drift (Chapter 10-12, 21, 22)

This approximately 1 hour course is presented in two modules that provide a review of CORE manual content required for Vermont pesticide applicator certification. Each module is accompanied by a quiz that must be completed to receive credit. The modules may be viewed at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the review. 

  • This course is for anyone wishing to retain a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.
  • Upon completion, a certificate will be granted that must be printed and mailed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (or your local state certifying agency) to receive one (1) recertification credit.
  • This course does not provide a review of entire CORE manual content. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for review of other content, including materials required to take the Vermont pesticide applicator certification CORE exam.


For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2019]

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NOTE: Anyone using the Northeast CORE Manual, 3rd Edition, for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this course for credit*ONLY* if their local state certifying agency has approved this course.  Current states accepting reciprocal credits are: ME, NH, MA, CT, RI. Please check with your state certifying agency for confirmation and instruction on submitting proof of course completion for credit.

The fee for this course is $30.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:


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.

This approximately 2.7 hour course is presented in eight modules that provide a review of CORE manual content required to take the Vermont pesticide applicator certification CORE exam. The modules may be viewed at your own pace and full completion is not required. Once enrolled, you will have FOURTEEN (14) DAYS to complete the review.

  • This course is for anyone wishing a Vermont pesticide applicator license: nursery employees, landscapers, farmers, agricultural employers (WPS compliance), garden center employees, pest control operators, government or municipal employees, university employees, etc.
  • This course is not intended as a substitute for study of the CORE manual and inserts.
  • This course does not provide recertification credit. Please see related Vermont Pesticide Safety Education course offerings for recertification credits.

For more information please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu.

Presented by University of Vermont Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. [Published 2018]

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NOTE: Anyone using the Northeast CORE Manual, 3rd Edition, for other state pesticide applicator certification may also use this review.  Vermont-specific laws and regulations do not apply to other state certification; Vermont-specific information may be skipped over in this review. Please check with your state certifying agency for local laws, regulations, and additional required study materials.

The fee for this course is $40.  To purchase and enroll in this course, click the following link: