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Changes to Directly Supervised Trainee Testing

First time applicants for a new pesticide license must choose the path of either the directly supervised trainee or the fully certified applicator. In the past, ODA offered unique tests for each license. Now, these individuals will be able to take one "Laws and Safety" test that will count towards both the trainee license and the commercial/public pesticide applicator license.

  • The new "Laws and Safety" test is available in testing centers now.
  • This test replaces the old "Directly Supervised Trainee" test and the old "Laws and Safety" test.
  • The "Directly Supervised Trainee" test is no longer available.
  • The new Laws and Safety test is now available in Spanish.

This change was made to streamline the process of licensing for trainees and to encourage trainees to follow a path leading to their full certification as a Commercial or Public Pesticide Applicator. The new combined test is based on the same study manual (the Oregon Pesticide Safety Education Manual by OSU Cooperative Extension) as the old tests. Preparation for the new test should be similar to either the old "Directly Supervise Trainee" or "Laws and Safety" tests.

The procedure for taking the new test is comparable to the old tests, with a few key differences. As a person going to take the new test or as a company sending someone to take the test, it will be important to ask the testing center for the correct test. From this point forward, do not ask for the trainee test, instead ask for the "Laws and Safety" test. In addition, there will be some changes regarding the results letter the test-taker receives. ODA will send additional instructions to applicants who pass the "Laws and Safety" test on how to apply for the Directly Supervised Pesticide Trainee license. This will involve visiting the ODA website to download the Directly Supervised Trainee application form.

If, after passing the exam, the test-taker wishes to pursue the Commercial or Public Pesticide Applicator certification, they simply need to take the appropriate category tests for the type of work they will be doing. It is important to note that the Laws and Safety test score will be valid for a maximum of two years to count towards the full certification. After that time, the person will need to re-take the Laws and Safety test.

The new Laws and Safety test is now available in Spanish. This translation maintains the availability of a Spanish-language test for the Directly Supervised Trainee license. However, at this time ODA does not plan to translate category exams to Spanish or any other language.