If you have never been certified as a private or commercial applicator (including registered technicians) and would like to obtain the information to do so, please review the information provided below for private and commercial applicators. Even if you choose not to become certified, you should still seek pesticide safety education to help you apply pesticides correctly. Many uncertified applicators attend our training courses and obtain our manuals for this purpose, yet never seek certification. Review the columns on each side of this paragraph for more information. To help you further, we also offer the following information:
Resources offered here include a variety of common best management practices that all pesticide applicators should follow.
A variety of educational resources to help the consumers understand how to safely handle pesticides in the home and garden, and gain knowledge about common pests and pest controls associated with our food, water, air, homes, and other aspects of our daily lives.
There have been a number of resources developed to assist schools in dealing with chemicals and school safety. These resources come from states and the federal government. One of the largest efforts is the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in the Schools programs developed by Cooperative Extension, state pesticide regulatory agencies, and the EPA. Some schools have developed their own resources. Here are links to some of these resources.
Often students and teachers contact VTPP for help with writing papers, building class presentations, assisting with development of course materials, locating references, campus visits, and locating Virginia Tech services and other resources. We have very similar needs for our own writing, teaching, and research activities. We have created several tools to make our lives easier in this regard and offer these tools to you. Although we link the tools in several other places on this website, we wanted to link them again on this special page for students and teachers. Good luck with your search and thank you for your interest in our website and Virginia Tech.
Consumers include applicators who use "general" use pesticides in and around their own homes and gardens in their daily activities. This is non-occupational pesticide use and does not require certification and involves the use of 'home & garden' products that are available at garden centers, hardware stores, grocery stores, etc. These products are ready-to-use and/or low in toxicity, NOT restricted-use, don't have other label restrictions (ex. ag/professional use only), and are sold in convenient quantities and package sizes. Non-occupational pesticide use is hobby/personal use. Hobby/personal use can include controlling nuisances in and around the house, lawn, ornamental beds, or gardens where pesticides are applied by the homeowner or others (ex. volunteers) who do not receive payment for services rendered. There are a variety of educational resources available to help the consumer understand how to safely handle pesticides in the home and garden. There are also other pieces of information relating to consumer issues with pesticides in our food, water, air, and other aspects of our daily lives. Here are some of our recommended resources.
Most commercial applicators and many private pesticide applicators are expected to meet the competency levels set by the Commonwealth of Virginia as certified pesticide applicators. Applicators and handlers (mostly farmers) not seeking to be certified pesticide applicators in Virginia, will still need to obtain a competency level in handling pesticides. These individuals are encouraged to take advantage of the training available through Virginia Cooperative Extension in pesticide safety education even if they do not choose to be certified. Also, the resources offered here include a variety of common best management practices that all pesticide applicators should follow. For additional information applicable to certified applicators, go to our page entitled "Pesticide Applicator Information."