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 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.

Requires Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2007 or later and/or 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 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: