A new online training program for private pesticide applicators has been launched by University of Illinois (U of I) Extension. Private Applicator Training (http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/privatepsep/) was developed by a team of U of I Extension specialists.

“The site includes eight modules,” explains Scott Bretthauer, Extension pesticide safety specialist. “These are: Understanding Pesticides; Pesticides in the Environment; Integrated Pest Management; Human Pesticide Protection; Labels and Labeling; Equipment & Calibration Part 1; Equipment & Calibration Part 2; and Pesticide Laws and Regulations.

“The modules are completed online at the student's convenience,” he says. “It is a replacement for the self-study CD, and provides a training alternative for those unable to attend clinics.”

There is a $25 fee to register and take the course and users will have access to the training materials for one year from the date of purchase.