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Pesticide Safety Education

The University of Idaho educates applicators on pesticides and their alternatives. UI Extension promotes the safety of users, public and the environment.

First-Time License

Pre-license training is for those preparing for private or professional pesticide license exams. Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule.

Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Training includes

  • one-day session (private applicators, $75)
  • two-day session (professional applicators, $150)

Both sessions offer free access to eight online training modules.

Training Location Details

Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule

Contact Kimberly Tate, UI Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program,

Sponsored by 2020 Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA) Horticulture Expo

Urban applicators only

Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule

Contact Jerry Neufeld, UI Extension, Canyon County,, 208-459-6003

Chemigation offered at this location

Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule

Contact Danielle Gunn, UI Extension, Fort Hall,, 208-236-1046

Chemigation offered at this location

Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule

Contact Steve Hines, UI Extension, Jerome County,, 208-324-7578

Chemigation offered at this location

Check fall 2020 for 2021 class schedule

Contact Doug Finkelnburg, UI Extension, Nez Perce County,, 208-799-3096


Register online for the Pre-License Training for Pesticide Applicators class.

Or download mail-in registration form.

Prepare for Law and Safety exam by purchasing eight new online modules.

Exams and licenses are issued by the ISDA. For licensing information, visit the Idaho State Department of Agriculture website. Online registration with the ISDA is required before an exam session.

License Renewal

Re-certification classes allow those with an applicator license to keep current on safety information. They also earn re-certification credits on their license. Private applicators must complete six hours and professional applicators must complete 15 hours of training during the licensing period.

UI Extension conducts several pesticide re-certification programs.

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.

EPA-approved training materials for the new WPS have expanded content and are available here at the Pesticide Education Resources Collaborative (PERC)

For local WPS information, go to Idaho State Department of Agriculture.


Pesticide Training Manuals

Getting ready for applicator licensing or renewal? Check our listing of required study materials.


Look for manuals


Register for Pre-licensing Training for Pesticide Applicators class.

The National Pesticide Information Center has information on pesticides, toxicity and safety.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates pesticides nationally. Their website has information on pesticide science and policy.

Pesticide Safety Publications are written by UI Extension experts.

Educational Videos

Pesticide Labels

 Understanding Pesticide Labels from Ohio State University Pesticide Safety Education Program

Pesticide Safety

Personal Protective Equipment for Pesticide Applicators from University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Pesticide Formulations Demonstration from Penn. State University
Pesticide Formulations Compatibility Demonstration from Penn. State University


What is Herbicide Resistance? from University of Arkansas
Herbicide Resistant Weeds from University of Missouri
Weed Resistance - An Issue that Will Not Go Away from University of Arkansas


Pocket Gopher Control from University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Contact Us

Integrated Pest Management

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho Boise
322 E Front St, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4046