Categories of Commercial and Non-commercial Applicators

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Categories of Commercial and Non-commercial Applicators

Category 1. Agricultural pest control. This category has two subcategories:

1a Plant and animal. – applying pesticides in production of agricultural commodities including, but not limited to, tobacco, feed grains, soybeans and forage, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits and nuts, as well as on grasslands, non-crop agricultural lands, and greenhouses, and the application of pesticides on animals and to places on or in which animals are confined.

1b Agricultural fumigation – applying pesticide gases or fumigants in an enclosed area used for the production, storage, or transportation of agricultural commodities, or to the contents of any structure used for the production, storage, or transportation of agricultural commodities; and any other application of a pesticide gas or fumigant in preparing land for production or in controlling pests in growing agricultural commodities, whether agricultural commodities are indoors or outdoors.

Category 2. Forest pest control – applying pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed-producing areas.

Category 3. Ornamental and lawn care – applying pesticides or fertilizer to control insects, weeds, and diseases in residential and commercial lawns, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers, including the control of pests that do not normally invade structures, such as bagworms, grubs, and moles. Certification in this category does not qualify an applicator to make applications to sports turf or golf courses.

Category 4. Seed treatment – applying pesticides on seeds.

Category 5. Aquatic pest control – applying pesticides to standing or running water, excluding applicators engaged in public health-related activities.

Category 6. Right-of-way pest control – applying pesticides in the maintenance of public roads, electric powerlines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way, or other similar areas.

Category 7. Industrial, institutional, structural, and health-related pest control – applying pesticides for structural pests only, in, on, or around food-handling establishments, human dwellings, educational facilities, health care centers, industrial establishments, including warehouses and grain elevators and any other structures and adjacent areas, public or private; and for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products.
related pest control certification shall be divided into the following subcategories:

7a Structural pest control covers the use of pesticides to control general pests and wood-destroying organisms by all means other than fumigation.

7b Integrated pest management covers an environmentally- sound approach to pest management in schools and health care facilities with the goal of the judicious use of pesticides.

7c Structural fumigation covers the use of pesticides in the form of poisonous gases.

Category 8. Public health pest control – for state, federal, or other government employees using pesticides in management and control of pests in public health programs.

Category 9. Regulatory pest control – for state, federal, or other government employees who apply pesticides to control regulated pests.

Category 10. Demonstration and research pest control – those who demonstrate to the public the proper uses and techniques of applying pesticides. Includes extension specialists and agents, individuals demonstrating methods used in public programs, and persons conducting field research with pesticides, and in so doing, apply or supervise the application of pesticides. This group includes state and federal employees and other persons conducting field research on pesticides.

Category 11 – Aerial applicator – applying pesticides to lands of another using aircraft.

Category 12 – Pesticide sales agent – persons who sell or distribute restricted use pesticides or any individuals who sell and makes recommendations for the use and application of pesticides to the final user. Persons taking orders or explaining service programs without naming or making recommendations shall be excluded from certification, if the person selling or distributing pesticides is licensed as a pesticide sales agent.

Category 13 – Antifouling marine paint – applying paint mixed with a pesticide to prevent the growth of pests, both plant and animal, to a product to be used in lakes, rivers, and waterways.

Category 14 – Pest control consultant – persons, who for a fee, offer or supply technical advice, supervision, or aid, or recommend the use of specific pesticides for the purpose of controlling insect pest, plant diseases, weeds, and other pests.

Category 15. Antimicrobial pest control – applying pesticides to control bacteria, mold, or fungi to or through any medium. Water and waste water treatment plant operators shall be included in this category. Homeowners applying pesticides to personal swimming pools, and persons certified in Category 1 of this chapter are excluded from this category.

Category 16. Sewer root control – applying pesticides into the sewer or sewer system to control the ingress of roots or any other blockage of the system.

Category 17. Wood preservatives – applying pesticides to wood and wood products to protect from wood-destroying organisms. Excluded from this category are persons engaged in structural pest control.

Category 18. Golf course pest control – applying pesticides or fertilizer to land on which turf and ornamental care is done for the purpose of preparing the land for use in the game of golf.

Category 19. Interior Plantscape Pest Control – using pesticides to control insects, weeds, and diseases in or on interior plantscapes, regardless of who owns the plants.

Category 20 Sports turf pest control – applying pesticides to control insects, weeds, and diseases to or on turf on which sports activities occur. Certification in this category does not qualify an applicator to make applications to golf courses.

(Source: Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. M. Scott Smith, Director of Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Lexington, and Kentucky State University, Frankfort. ― 01/2005)

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