Core Pesticide Education Module

Welcome! This module is intended as extra study material for all applicators in Maine to pass the Core pesticide applicator certification exam.

Part 1: Pests and Pest Management

Before we use pesticides we need to understand pests and pest management and know just what a pesticide is.

What is a Pest?

What is a Pesticide?

How do You Manage Pests?

Part 1 Quiz

Part 2: The Problem with Pesticides

Pesticides have risks. It’s important to understand them before using pesticides.

Human Health Risks

Risk and Exposure

Minimizing Risk and Exposure

Environmental Risk

Part 2 Quiz

Part 3: Laws and Regulations

Pesticides are regulated by state and federal agencies. Know the regulations and requirements for applying pesticides.

Laws and Regulations

Part 3 Quiz

Part 4: The Pesticide Label

Knowing your way around a label is one of the most important things you can learn to protect yourself, prevent harm to the environment, and combat the pest effectively.

What is the Label?

Label Components

The Label as a Tool

Part 4 Quiz

Part 5: Types of Pesticides

There are many types of pesticides and pesticide product formulations. Know what should work best for the circumstances when selecting a pesticide.

Selection and Types of Pesticides

Part 5 Quiz

Part 6: Pesticide Use

Learn about different types of pesticide applications and equipment. Know how to make applications with minimal risk to people and the environment.

Pesticide Use

Part 6 Quiz

Part 7: Transport, Storage, and Disposal

Proper transport, storage, and disposal are critical for preventing accidental exposures and environmental contamination.

Transport, Storage, and Disposal

Part 7 Quiz

Part 8: Applicator Responsibility

You can’t put a droplet back in the sprayer. Make sure safety comes first–take precautions, be prepared, and use your best judgment.

Applicator Responsibility

Part 9: Next Steps

You’ve read the Core Manual and completed this module! Now what?

Next Steps

Good luck with your exam(s)!

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