Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category:
Commercial 1a Agricultural - Plant
Pest Control Exam
March 3, 2018
After you read the notes on this webpage, click on the LINK TO STUDY PACKET below. Another webpage will open and show you the list of study guides that make up a complete study packet for the commercial 1a agricultural – plant pest control category. They are about handling restricted use pesticides properly. You may use them as study material for the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture’s examination for the commercial 1a category. You must pass both parts of that exam to qualify to be certified to buy or use restricted use pesticides covered by that category.
Commercial 1a category
Commercial 1a agricultural – plant pest control applicators use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides in production of agricultural food and feed crops, including, but not limited to grains, seeds, soybeans, forage, vegetables, fruits, trees and nuts, as well as non-crop agricultural lands.
If this category description does not describe the work you do with pesticides, you may need to be certified in a different category or an additional category. To learn more about categories of certification, consult an environmental health specialist at one of these Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture telephone numbers (area code 808):
- Hawaiʻi island applicators--call Honolulu direct 808-973-9424 or 973-9409.
- Lanaʻi, Molokaʻi, and Maui applicators--call Honolulu direct 808-973-9424 or 973-9409, or toll-free 984-2400 x 39424 or 39409 followed by "#".
- Oʻahu applicators--call Honolulu direct 973-9424 or 973-9409.
- Kauaʻi applicators--call Honolulu direct 973-9409 or 973-9424, or toll free 274-3141 x 39409 or 39424 followed by "#".
Why become certified?
Being certified as a commercial 1a applicator allows you to to buy, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides covered by that subcategory.
To become certified for the commercial 1a agricultural – plant pest control category, you must pass the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture’s two-part certification examination, complete and submit an application form, and pay the fees. You must be at least 18 years old when you take the exam. The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture staff will score your exam and if you pass, qualify you to get a plastic-coated card as proof of your certification. The card will show your name, picture, signature, certification number, your applicator category, and an expiration date. You can show your card when you buy restricted use pesticides in Hawaiʻi. It expires after five years.
Examination for certification
Sign up for an examination date either by using the Department's web portal at https://inforps-dp.hawaii.gov/PesticidesEducation/#/homepage, or by contacting an environmental health specialist at one of the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture offices listed above. Ask about signing up for the restricted use pesticide certification exam for the commercial 1a agricultural – plant pest control category.
The examination tests your ability to interpret pesticide labels and apply label information to pest management problems. It covers proper handling, storage, and disposal, first aid, calibration, laws and regulations, emergency response, and pesticides in the environment.
Fees for examinations and certification cards will be collected by the person who conducts the exams or issues the certification card. For more information about fees, consult an environmental health specialist at one of the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture offices, listed above.
What's in this packet?
November 1, 2019
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Checklist of Study Guides in the Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category: Commercial 1a Agricultural – Plant Pest Control Exam