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Farm Worker Applying Pesticides

As of March 16, the main campus of Auburn University and its outlying units transitioned to remote servicing in an effort to practice social distancing. The Pesticide Safety Education Program will remotely resume normal duties during this time with limited access to various programs.

This is a fluid situation which will require offices to monitor and update procedures as the program moves forward. Any changes and updates will be shared through Pesticide Safety Education Program social media, the Alabama Extension website, and newsletters sent via email.

Essential Employees

All Agricultural related jobs are considered essential. This includes but not limited too Pest Control Operations, Nurseries, Turfgrass and Ornamental, Farms, and other related jobs. Please contact your county agent or the Pesticide Safety Education Program for information on ways you and your clientele can stay safe while performing your duties.

Commercial Applicator Manual Sales

  • Manuals will still be shipped and mailed once per week. Currently the selected day is Wednesday to ship out all manuals.
  • Visit the Alabama Extension Store to purchase pesticide manuals.

Private Applicator Trainings and Examinations

  • Until further notice private applicator permits can only be obtained online.
  • No other face to face trainings are permitted
  • If an applicant needs special provisions, contact Sonja Thomas.
  • The online program is ADA compliant.
  • The cost is 49.00 until May 31st. Please use this code (DZG6KL) for the discounted rate.
  • The processing time for permits is unknown. ADAI is also practicing social distancing and will sporadically be in the office.
  • Visit the Alabama Extension website for information on the Alabama Private Applicator Online Training Program.

Commercial Applicator Permits

  • Currently, computer based testing for commercial applicators is only available in Millbrook.
  • Applicants are still required to submit an application through the Metro Institute website. Check with the testing locations to see if they are still open.
  • The processing time for permits is unknown. ADAI is also practicing social distancing and will sporadically be in the office.
  • Visit the Metro Institute website for more information.


  • Currently applicators can receive CEUs online.
  • Visit the USAPlants website to view the CEUs.
    • Select online for the search criteria to see what trainings are available.

Online Training 10 CEUs from ACES for ALL Commercial Applicator Categories

The Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program will host a webinar for commercial pesticide applicators. Those who attend this meeting and answer the required questions will obtain 10 re-certification credits for their Alabama commercial pesticide certification. All of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries commercial pesticide applicator categories can receive credit for this webinar.

This no-cost webinar will cover general information related to

  • pesticide application equipment,
  • pesticide formulation mixing measuring,
  • pesticide rules and regulations.

Applicators, if you attended Event 1 Zoom meetings for 10 points you can attend one Event 2 meeting and earn another additional 10 points

Click the link associated with the date: (Depending on browser, you may have to click the link: “Join meeting as an Attendee” once you are on the Zoom page.)

To receive points after the webinar, please enter on the Zoom Registration Page your First & Last Name with the new permit number as it appears on your applicator license card. Wrong names and permit numbers prevent the ADAI from crediting the points. 

Session A2: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12:30 PM – 4:45 PM


Session B2: Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 12:30 PM – 4:45 PM


Note: Each training meeting is identical for event #2, and the attendee can only receive points for attending 1 complete meeting (session A2 or B2). Split and/or partial meeting attendance will not result in points credit. (You must be present and participate via polls for one entire meeting in order to receive credit.)

This meeting has no-cost.

For more information on this webinar, contact Sonja Thomas at 334-750-8891 or John Nabors at 334-703-3324

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