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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All required study materials for each exam offered can be found below. Exams are listed in alphabetical order by license type. All exams are multiple choice and require a score of 70% or higher to pass. You can find more information on ODA's Scheduling Your Pesticides Exams webpage​.

It is important to note that pre-licensing training courses are not required to sit for exams. However, community colleges and universities may provide pre-license training classes designed to help prepare individuals for their pesticide exams. Some pre-licensing courses may be listed in the ODA-Accredited Continuing Education database, or on the OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) website. You may also consider reaching out to your local community college or university.  

Study material by l​​icense type

  • Aerial Pesticide Applicator
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator
  • Immediately Supervised Trainee
  • Pesticide Apprentice
  • Pesticide Consultant
  • Private Applicator License
  • Public Pesticide Applicator (displayed with Commercial Pesticide Applicator)

Aerial Pesticide Applicator​ ​​

​This is a stand-alone exam. The successful completion of this exam is required as part of the requirements to obtain an aerial pesticide applicators license. An Aerial Pesticide Applicator's license is required of any individual making pesticide applications by aircraft.

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​Commercial and ​​Public Pesticide Applicator​ 

​Note: The exams below are for both the Commercial and Public Pesticide ​Applicator ​​licenses, with the exception of the ​Regulatory Weed Exam (for public applicators only). 

​Base exam

​​​​​This exam is available in English and Spanish. The Oregon Addendum and National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual are both required study materials to prepare for the Laws and Safety Exam. In addition to passing the Laws and Safety exam, at least one category exam is required. Note: Currently, this exam is not required for the marine fouling organism category certification.​

Study Material (Required for English Laws and Safety Exam): 

Note: separate study materials are currently used for the English and Spanish exams. 

  1. Laws and safety exam outline - English ​
  2. Oregon Addendum​​ (updated 1/2020) 
    • The Oregon Addendum is also known as the Oregon Core Manual Addendum. This manual discusses the laws, regulations, and resources specific to Or​egon. 
    • Order printed copies online​. Use student ID number K12345678 if requested.​
      Chemeketa Community College Bookstore
      503-399-5131 ​

  3. National Core Manual
    • The National Core Manual is also known as the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual. This manual discusses federal laws and safety for pesticide applicators. 
    • Order printed copy online​. Use student ID number K12345678 if requested.​
      Chemeketa Community College Bookstore
      ​​​503-399-5131  ​

  4. New: Chlorpyrifos rule (added 4/30/2021)  ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Este examen se ofrece en inglés y español. La Adenda de Oregon y el Manual Básico de Certificación Nacional de Aplicadores de Pesticidas son materiales de estudio necesarios para prepararse para el Examen de Leyes y Seguridad. Además de aprobar el examen de Leyes y Seguridad, se requiere al menos un examen de categoría. Nota: Actualmente, no se requiere este examen para la certificación de la categoría de organismos incrustantes marinos.

Materiales de Estudio (Requerido para el Examen de Leyes y Seguridad en Español):

  1. Esquema del examen de pesticidas -Español  
  1. Adenda de Oreg​on (actualizada 1/2020)

    • La Adenda de Oregon también se conoce como La Adenda del Manual Básico de Oregon. Este manual cubre las leyes, reglamentos, y recursos específicos de Oregon.

    • Pedir copias imprimidas en línea. Utilice el número de identificación de estudiante K12345678 si se le solicita.
      Librería del Colegio Comunitario Chemeketa
      503-399-5131  

      1. Manual Básico Para Aplicadores de Pesticidas Comerciales y Privados 
        Pedir una copia en línea.
        Oficina de publicaciones de la Universidad Estatal de Washington
        800-723-1763 
      1. Nuevo:Regla de Clorpirifos (se añadió el 30 de abril de 2021)

      ​Category exams

      ​​​​This category exam covers the use of herbicides on agricultural lands (includes Christmas tree plantations and commercial nurseries).

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      ​​​​This category exam covers the use of non-fumigant insecticides, fungicides or nematicides on agricultural lands (includes Christmas tree plantations and commercial nurseries).

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      This category exam covers the use of pesticides for the control of pests, such as insects, mites and ticks on livestock.

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      This category exam covers the use of soil applied fumigants on agricultural lands (includes Christmas tree plantations and commercial nurseries).

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      This category exam covers the use of pesticides in treating standing or running water.

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      This category exam covers the use of pesticides for demonstrations and pesticide research plots.
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      ​This category exam covers the use of pesticides on forest lands or in the production of forest crops. Note: Does not include Christmas tree plantations or commercial nurseries.

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      This category exam covers the use of pesticides, other than fumigants, in or around structures, institutions and industrial facilities, or structures with processed or manufactured products for the control of pests other than wood destroying pests.

      Study Material:

      • IIHS General exam outline
      • Truman's Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations
        Questex Media Group
        216-706-3750
        Univar, USA
        800-888-4897​

      ​This category exam covers the use of pesticides for the control of moss and algae on structures.

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      This category exam covers the use of fumigants in confined areas or structures for the control of pests, (except soil fumigants and fumigants used in field treatment of utility poles, pilings, bridge supports, etc.). 

      Study Material:
      ODA is adopting a new study manual and exam Nov. 1, 2022. Please use the new study material below if you will be taking the Space Fumigation license category exam on or after Nov. 1, 2022. (Updated Sept. 1, 2022)

      Study material for exams taken on or before Oct. 31, 2022:

      Study material for exams taken after Oct. 31, 2022:

      This category exam covers the use of pesticides, other than fumigants, in or around structures for the control of wood-destroying pests (i.e., termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, etc.).

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      This category exam covers the use of pesticides to treat wood products (i.e., lumber, poles, ties, etc.) before their use in construction, or to field treat utility poles, pilings, bridge supports and similar elements of construction with fumigants or other pesticides.

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      ​This stand-alone category exam covers the use of marine anti-fouling paints or coatings on boat or ship hulls or other parts of boats or ships. Note: Currently, a Commercial or Public Applicator Certification can be obtained without the Laws and Safety exam.

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      ​This category exam covers the use of pesticides in the establishment and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf. (Does not include Christmas tree plantations, commercial nurseries, sod farms, or forests.)

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      ​This category exam covers the use of insecticides and fungicides in the establishment and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf. (Does not include Christmas tree plantations, commercial nurseries, sod farms or forests).

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      ​​This category exam covers the use of pesticides for the control of any pest that may be harmful to the public health, including mosquito and other vectors.

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      ​​This category exam covers the use of pesticides for the control of plants designated as noxious weeds.

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      ​This category exam covers the use of pesticides on the campus of a school (defined in ORS 634.700), excluding applications of pesticides:

      • Using power-driven equipment;
      • To control wood-destroying pests, bed bugs, lice, fleas, ticks, and adult mosquitoes;
      • Classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs);
      • Formulated as total release foggers (except antimicrobial and insecticidal soap products);
      • Not registered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture; and
      • To locations not covered by the school's adopted integrated pest management plan.

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      This category covers the use of pesticides on seed.

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      Immediately Supervised Trainee

      No exam required. 

      Pesticide Apprentice

      ​​​​This is stand-alone exam is available in English and Spanish. The successful completion of this exam is required as part of the requirements to obtain a Pesticide Apprentice license.

      Study Material:

      1. Laws and safety exam outline - English
        Or
      2. Esquema del examen de pesticidas - Español
      3. Oregon Core Manual Addendum  (updated 1/2020) 
      4. National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Order online . Use student ID number K12345678 if requested.
        Chemeketa Community College Bookstore
        503-399-5131
      Or
      Manual Básico Para Aplicadores de Pesticidas Comerciales y Privados
      Ordenar en la red
      WSU Bulletin Office
      800-723-1763

      Pesticide Consultant

      ​Base exam

      ​​​This is a stand-alone exam. Upon successful completion, certification for the Pesticide Consultant License is granted. This license is required of individuals who provide technical advice to those who use restricted-use pesticides. Typically, individuals such as county extension agents, chemical company technical and sales representatives, food processor field representatives and representatives of agricultural supply outlets may need to hold this license. Consultants may add the Demonstration and Research category to their license upon successful completion of the Demonstration and Research exam.

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      ​Categor​y exam

      This category exam covers the use of pesticides for demonstrations and pesticide research plots.

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      Private Pesticide Applicator

      ​​​This stand-alone exam is available in English and Spanish. Upon successful completion, certification for the Private Pesticide Applicator License is granted. This license is required of individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides on land in agricultural production that is owned, leased, or rented by them or their employer. This includes farm and ranch land, rangeland, forest land, nurseries, Christmas trees, orchards and other properties on which agricultural crops or commodities are produced.

      At this time, a separate exam is not required for licensed private applicators who intend to use soil fumigants. However, those wishing to apply soil fumigants must first complete the EPA-approved training. The training is valid for 36 months and must be retaken thereafter. In the future, federal regulations will required private applicators to pass additional exams to apply soil and non-soil fumigants.

      Study Material:

      1. Private applicator exam outline - English
        or
        Private applicator exam outline - Español

      2. Oregon Core Manual Addendum  (updated 1/2020) 

      3. National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual
        Order online. Use student ID number K12345678 if requested.
        Chemeketa Community College Bookstore
        503-399-5131
        or
        Manual Básico Para Aplicadores de Pesticidas Comerciales y Privados
        Ordenar en la red
        WSU Bulletin Office
        800-723-1763

      4. How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PNW 591)
        Order online
        OSU Extension Service

      5. New: Chlorpyrifos rule (added 4/30/2021)​​​



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