College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii at Manoa

PESTICIDE RISK REDUCTION EDUCATION

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Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category:
Commercial 1a – Agricultural Plant Pest Control
Exam
 
About This Webpage
  After you read the notes on this webpage, click near the bottom on the link "Checklist of Study Guides in the Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category: Commercial 1a Agricultural – Plant Pest Control Exam". 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii Department of Agriculture telephone numbers (area code 808):

  • Hawaii island applicators—call Hilo direct 9744143 or 333-2844.
  • Maui applicators—call Hilo direct 9744143, or toll-free 9842400 x 44143 followed by “#”.
  • Lanai and Molokai applicators—call Honolulu direct 9739409, or toll free 2743141 x 39409 followed by “#”.
  • Oahu applicators—call Honolulu direct 9739424 or 9739424.
  • Kauai applicators—call Honolulu direct 9739409, or toll free 2743141 x 39409 followed by “#”.
 
Why become certified?
 

Being certified as a commercial 1a applicator allows you to:

  • Buy, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides covered by the commercial 1a category.
  • Qualify to conduct pesticide safety training for an agricultural “worker” or pesticide “handler” at an agricultural site where a pesticide is used for producing agricultural plants. This safety training is required by the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), a federal regulation. The WPS is designed to reduce pesticide exposure of pesticide handlers and workers who are at a site for a greenhouse (or any other enclosed space), a farm, a nursery, or a commercial forest. You can meet the qualifications to conduct the safety training in Hawaii if you are certified as a commercial 1a applicator by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
 
Certification Procedure
 

To become certified for the commercial 1a agricultural – plant pest control category, you must pass the Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii. It expires after five years.

 
Examination for certification
 

Sign up for an examination date either by using the Department's new web portal at https://inforps-dp.hawaii.gov/PesticidesEducation/#/homepage, or by contacting an environmental health specialist at one of the Hawaii 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 Hawaii Department of Agriculture offices, as explained above.

 
What's in this packet?
 

View the two-part checklist of the study guides in this study packet by clicking near the bottom on the link "Checklist of Study Guides in the Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category: Commercial 1a Agricultural – Plant Pest Control Exam".

 
Study guides printed on paper
 

You're welcome to print copies of any or all of the study guides, or have someone print them for you.

A printed version of the study guides in this study packet is also available as packets for purchase. To order copies of the study packets, use the Study Packets section of our order form--blank or fillable--or, contact Charles at ph. 808-956-6007 or email cynagami@hawaii for more information.

 
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EMAIL cynagami@hawaii.edu
TELEPHONE (808) 956-6007
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Checklist of Study Guides in the
Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Category:
Commercial 1a Agricultural – Plant Pest Control

Exam