Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Continuing Education Units Approval Requirements


Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) must be obtained within the three-year certification period of applicators. After accumulating twenty-four CEU’s, prior to license expiration, Commercial/Non-Commercial applicators may recertify without further testing. Two units in applicable laws and regulations, six units in pesticide safety, and ten units in pesticide use are the acceptable subject areas. The remaining six credits must be applied towards any of the following subjects; pesticide law, pesticide safety, or pesticide use at the applicators discretion. 

Private applicators may recertify without further testing after accumulating six CEU’s. Two units in applicable laws and regulations, two units in pesticide safety, two units in applicable pesticide use are required. 

All courses must be approved in advance by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Requests for approval must be submitted by the sponsor in writing, no less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. No out-of-state CEU will be approved, but approval from another state will be accepted.  The applicator, licensee, attendee will submit their proof of attendance when they re-certify.   No approved material - rolls, certificates, etc... will be maintained by UDAF.  Requests must include the proposed agenda, speakers, and synopsis of topics. Acceptable subjects are as follows: 

  1. Laws and regulations related to pesticide use include: FIFRA, Utah Pesticide Control Act, disposal, notification, transportation, registration, uses, licensing, worker protection, endangered species, storage, residues and tolerances, emergency planning and right to know, advertising, record keeping, business practices, insurance, training standards, supervision, agriculture chemicals and groundwater, or consumer protection, compliance problems/actions, analysis of violations, and discussions of problems and actions. 

  2. Pesticide safety: applicator use (labeling, transporting, mixing, loading, disposal, equipment, storage, spill management and precautions), health effects, protection measures, toxins, routes of exposure, symptoms of pesticide poisoning and allergies, first aid, safety information, label revisions, trends and updates, responsibilities, public safety and education, phobias, and communication. Environmental protection: meteorological  - 1 - 11/15/2006 factors effecting application, terrain, soil, substrata influence, contamination, and sensitive areas (endangered species, ornamentals, beneficial insects, pre-harvest intervals, and label revisions.) 

  3. Pesticide Uses: proper mixing and loading ( label requirements, closed systems, adjuvant for drift control, measuring pH of water and other factors, spill prevention, site location and cleanup, contamination prevention, and security), proper application techniques (control of off-target movement, new techniques), equipment calibration and selection, equipment maintenance, storage and disposal, ventilation, rancid excess material, fire prevention, product separation to prevent cross contamination, temperature, demonstration of methods and techniques, principles of host and pest habitat identification, cycles and stages, environmental evaluations of ecology on host and pest biology. 

    a. Pest management criteria: economic or aesthetic threshold levels, environmental impact and selection of control methods, comparative effectiveness of management, sampling and surveying techniques, host and pest resistance, effect on host and off target organisms, timing of control alternatives and pest management history. 

    b. Chemical and alternative control practices: select material and formulation, dosage determination, proper selection and adjuvant for particular job, timing of pesticide application; and alternative practices such as cultural, physical, biological, etc. 


One unit of credit will be awarded for each hour of approved instructional training. CEU will not be awarded to for programs or talks on business management subjects, motivational speeches, personnel management, or non-applicable equipment demonstrations. 

The Sponsor will complete the certificates and rolls and retain them in the event an applicator looses them.     UDAF will not retain files of CEU events and will not replace lost CEU.

UDAF will accept re-certification CEU’s approved by other  states.   Each individual wishing to re-certify with CEU will maintain their own proof of attendance and an agenda from out-of-state.   The proof of attendance from another state, or the course sponsor will be accepted.  The applicator will likely need to show UDAF an agenda so that the category of Law, Safety, or Use CEU can be determined.

Only CEU earned during the period the license in the State of Utah was valid will be accepted.

UDAF reserves approval and rejection of all ceu events and credits at the sole discretion of the Pesticide Program Manager and his designee.