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

PESTICIDE RISK REDUCTION EDUCATION

This webpage was updated on January 23, 2018.

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Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Subcategories:
Private 1 General Agricultural Pest Control Exam,
Private 2 Agricultural Fumigation Pest Control Exam,
or Private 3 Agricultural Chemigation 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 Subcategories: Private 1 General Agricultural Pest Control Exam, Private 2 Agricultural Fumigation Pest Control Exam, or Private 3 Agricultural Chemigation Pest Control Exam". Another webpage will open and show you the list of study guides that make up a complete study packet for those three pest control subcategories. They are about handling restricted use pesticides properly. You may use them as study material for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s examinations for those three subcategory. You must pass the appropriate exam or exams to qualify to be certified to buy or use restricted use pesticides covered by one or more of those subcategories.
 

Private 1, Private 2, and Private 3 subcategories
 

In general, private applicators use or supervise the use of any pesticide which is classified for restricted use for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on either (1) property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator's employer; or, (2) the property of another person if applied without compensation other than the trading of personal services (for example, between two farmers).

The private 1 general agricultural pest control subcategory is for private applicators who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides in the production of agricultural commodities.

The private 2 agricultural fumigation subcategory is for private 1applicators who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides for soil fumigation in the production of an agricultural commodity or for fumigation of agricultural commodities. To be certified in this subcategory, you must also be certified in the private 1 subcategory. (This is called "concurrent certification".)

The private 3 agricultural chemigation subcategory is for private 1 applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides applied through irrigation systems. To be certified in this subcategory, you must also be certified in the private 1 subcategory. (This is called "concurrent certification".)

If none of those subcategory descriptions describes the work you do with pesticides, you may need to be certified in a different subcategory 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 Honolulu direct 808-973-9424 or 973-9409.
  • Lanai, Molokai, and Maui applicators--call Honolulu direct 808-973-9424 or 973-9409, or toll-free 984-2400 x 39424 or 39409 followed by "#".
  • Oahu applicators--call Honolulu direct 973-9424 or 973-9409.
  • Kauai 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 for the private 1 pest control subcategory has two benefits. (1) It allows you to buy, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides covered by that subcategory. (2) It allows you to 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 a federal regulation called the Worker Protection Standard or WPS.

 
Certification Procedure
 

To become certified for the private 1 pest control subcategory, you must pass the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification examination for that subcategory, 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, the applicator subcategory, and an expiration date. You can show your card when you buy restricted use pesticides in Hawaii. (It expires after five years.)

If you also want to become certified for the private 2 pest control subcategory or the private 3 pest control subcategory, or both, you must be already be certified in the private 1 subcategory, or you must become certified in the private 1 subcategory at the same time. (This is called "concurrent certification".)

 
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 one or more of these subcategories: private 1 or private 2 or private 3.

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 three-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 Subcategories: Private 1 General Agricultural Pest Control, Private 2 Agricultural Fumigation Pest Control, or Private 3 Agricultural Chemigation Pest Control".

 
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.edu for more information.

 
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Checklist of Study Guides in the
Study Packet for the Pesticide Applicator Subcategories:
Private 1 General Agricultural Pest Control Exam,
Private 2 Agricultural Fumigation
Pest Control Exam,
or Private 3 Agricultural Chemigation Pest Control Exam