According to the BLS, pesticide technicians must take classes in proper pesticide use and safety. These workers are required to be licensed, which involves the completion of training and successfully passing an examination. Ongoing continuing education classes are also necessary because of constantly changing pest control techniques and regulations. Concepts covered in these classes include:
- Pesticide types and concentrations
- Handling and storage
- Environmental impact
- Pest identification
- Proper labeling
- Legal considerations
List of Common Courses
Pesticide Applications Course
Topics in this course focus on pesticide safety procedures, pesticide containers and labels, correct handling of pesticides, and use and storage of pesticides. Common types of pests and methods of disposing of pesticides are discussed. Ways of protecting the environment in relation to pesticides are also examined.
Pesticide Application Equipment and Laws
Students in this course are instructed on the use of pesticide application equipment and laws regarding the use of pesticides. They must be able to name contemporary environmental laws and pinpoint production trends within the industry. Opportunities are also available to explore chemical and biological customs in pest control.
Horticultural Pesticides Course
Areas of study in this course include chemical regulation and the identification of pests. Students gain knowledge of diseases, insects and weeds that affect plant life. The course requires students to recognize different plant pests and to apply pesticides for a safe environment.