Due to the Emergency Situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak we have suspended all face-to-face training meetings testing for Private Applicator Training at county Extension Offices in Kentucky until further notice.

Recertification: For private pesticide applicators whose certifications expired 12/31/2019, in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture we are extending their certifications one year until 12/31/2020.

New Applicators: For first time private applicators and those whose certifications expired before 2019, below we have listed a sell-guided set of links to videos that must be watched. New applicators (and those with certifications expiring before 2019) are required to watch each of these videos in their entirety. (This content is based on the EPA's Standards for certification of private applicators, summarized here).

  1. Intro: KY Private Applicator Program 2021
  2. Reducing exposure
  3. Reducing spray drift
  4. Understanding the pesticide label
  5. Calibrating a spray boom
  6. Herbicide carryover 
  7. Common herbicide mistakes 
  8. Managing resistant weeds
  9. Pesticide transportation 1 and 2
  10. Pollinator protection
  11. Pesticide PPE and cleaning
  12. Washing clothing
  13. Pesticide spill prevention and handling spills
  14. Storing pesticides 
  15. Soil Herbicide carryover 
  16. Cleaning a sprayer (link from our website)
  17. Recordkeeping

Once you have watched these each of these videos in their entirety, you need to print out and sign the Acknowledgment of Training Completion form (PDF) stating that you have watch all of the videos and understand the information. Send the form to:

Ric Bessin, PSEP Coordinator
Department of Entomology
S-225 Ag. Sci. Ctr. North
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546