Preparation for Exams

During the Short Course, presentations will review a great deal of the material that will be covered on the General Standards (CORE), Aquatic, Natural Areas, and Right-of-Way category certification exams. In addition, it is highly recommended that you review the appropriate Pesticide Application Training Manual for the categories in which you will be testing.

Training Manuals

Questions for the pesticide certification exams are derived from training manuals available from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore. You may order these manuals at ANY time through the Bookstore’s website or by calling (352) 392-1764.

These manuals are approximately 100 pages long. In order to ensure that you have adequate time to read these materials and prepare for the exams, you are encouraged to purchase manuals prior to the Short Course.

Suggested Manuals

Title Topic Bookstore ID Code
Applying Pesticides Correctly General Standards (CORE) SM001
Aquatic Pest Control Aquatic SM003
Natural Areas Weed Management Natural Areas SP295
Right-of-Way Pest Control Right-of-Way SM09
Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management Ornamental & Turf SM007
Demonstration & Research Pest Control Demonstration & Research SM359

For other category manuals, visit the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore online or call (352) 392-1764.

IFAS Publication Sales

Aquatic weed, natural areas, and right-of-way extension publications from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) will be available for sale at the Short Course. We strongly encourage advance purchases. Please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore at (352) 392-1764 for ordering and additional product listings.

Review Session  •  Wednesday, May 8  •  7:00 - 8:40pm

An informal study session will be offered on Wednesday at the Short Course for those who wish to ask questions and receive additional instruction on examination topics.

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