Practice questions for a pesticide applicator license exam include which body parts are most likely to be exposed to pesticides, how to store specific pesticides properly and the definition of biological control. Other questions include how to apply different types of pesticides and how to avoid long-term exposure.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires certified applicators to apply certain pesticides. Each state has its own applicator training and certification program. The EPA and Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency collaborated and developed a core principles exam for all pesticide applicators in both countries to encourage reciprocity between states and provinces. The agencies have two forms of the written exam, and each written exam contains 90 true-or-false or multiple choice questions relating to the tasks that pesticide applicators perform.
Potential applicators can expect to answer questions on the written exam about action thresholds, soil conditions, groundwater and surface water, emergency response planning, and safely transporting pesticides. They should also be familiar with the usual order for tank mixing pesticides, the proper technique for opening pesticide containers, and how to read pesticide labels and ingredients. Potential applicators must understand the signal words "Danger," "Caution" and "Warning" and their implications in pesticide application. They should also be familiar with which government agency licenses pesticide applicators and which federal law governs each pesticide's use and application.