Schools with Pesticide Programs: How to Choose

Training programs in private or commercial pesticide application can be completed in 1-3 days and are typically tailored to specific state requirements. Schools offer related certificate and associate degree programs as well.

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Training programs in pesticide application are typically offered in either private or commercial application; private applicators are qualified to use pesticides on property they own or rent, and commercial applicators may work for a company. Colleges that offer certificate and degree programs related to horticulture typically include pesticide application in the curriculum.

Schools with Horticulture Programs

These 2-year colleges all offer training in horticulture, which includes pesticide application. Annual tuition rates are based on the 2015-2016 academic year:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees*
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,104 in-state, $7,740 out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,275 in-district, $10,885 in-state, $12,985 out-of-state
Fullerton College Fullerton, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,138 in-state, $6,010 out-of-state
Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,182 in-state, $7,398 out-of-state
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,184 in-state, $6,584 out-of-state
Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,090 in-district, $4,470 in-state, $6,150 out-of-state
The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,712 in-district, $6,650 in-state, $9,718 out-of-state
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,171 in-state, $11,009 out-of-state

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing a pesticide program:

  • Those with interests in horticulture or landscaping as well as pesticide application may wish to consider schools that offer certificate or associate degree programs.
  • Internship opportunities can allow students to gain more experience in the field working with professionals in pesticide application.
  • Students should ensure that the curriculum satisfies their state's certification examination requirements.

Training in Pesticide Application

Training programs in pesticide application can be completed in 1-3 days and are typically tailored to specific state requirements. Students usually specialize in private or commercial application.

Certificate in Horticulture Technology

Certificate programs in horticulture technology can commonly be completed in 1-2 semesters. Internship and elective courses may offer further opportunities for pesticide specialization.

Associate Degree in Horticulture Technology

Specialization options in these programs may include landscape management or design. These programs include general education classes, and specific horticulture technology coursework and practical education.

To recap, pesticide application education is available in short courses for those working in jobs requiring training that meets state requirements. Certificate and associate's degree programs in horticulture technology include pest and pesticide education as part of the curriculum and are offered by many community colleges.

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