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There is a wide variety of study materials available to help you prepare for the Illinois Pesticide Applicator/Operator Licensure Exams. These materials may be purchased online or by contact Illinois Extension Distribution Services at 217-333-2007. 

Materials Available

Manuals are publications which serve as comprehensive reference texts for their respective types and categories of licensure. The Illinois Department of Agriculture creates licensure exam questions exclusively from the respective manual. Manuals are revised periodically, and the revision date can be found within the first few pages, near the "Issued in furtherance..." statement. The most recent revisions are listed on this page.

Workbooks are publications which serve as self-study companions to their respective manuals (above). Workbooks highlight key points from the manual and use fill-in-the-blank style statements throughout to gauge comprehension of topics. Attendees at in-person training clinics will receive workbooks for trainings they are registered for at no additional fee. Workbooks are revised frequently, and the revision date can be found printed on the cover. The most recent revisions are listed on this page.

Online Training Courses are provided for many categories of licensure as an alternative method of self-study. These are self-paced courses allowing individual access for 30 calendar days from the date of purchase. Direct links are provided here, but further instructions and information can be found on our Training and Testing page.

 

General Standards

Basic-level pesticide safety training manual for commercial applicators. Discusses integrated pest management, types of pesticides and their formulations, pesticide labels, human pesticide poisoning, pesticides in the environment, safe handling of pesticides, pesticide application equipment and calibration, and Illinois pesticide laws and regulations.

Manual (SP39)
$15.00
Revised October, 2012
Workbook (SP39-W)
$5.00
Revised October, 2018
Online Training Course
$45.00
Released November, 2020
Spanish Manual (SP39-SP)
$15.00
Revised 2010
Spanish (Bilingual) Workbook (SP39-SPW)
$5.00
Revised December, 2018

Turfgrass

Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois turfgrasses, as well as turfgrass pesticide application equipment and calibration.

Manual (SP39-1)
$15.00
Revised October, 2016
Workbook (SP39-1/3W)
$5.00
Revised January, 2021
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released January 2021

Field Crops

Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois field crops. Field crop pesticide application equipment and calibration is also discussed.

Manual (SP39-2)
$15.00
Revised November, 2013
Workbook (SP39-2W)
$5.00
Revised November, 2018
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released December 2020

Ornamentals

Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois ornamental plants, as well as ornamental plant pesticide application equipment and calibration.

Manual (SP39-3)
$15.00
Revised July, 2020
Workbook (SP39-1/3W)
$5.00
Revised January, 2021
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released January 2021

Seed Treatment

Discusses benefits and risks associated with seed treatments, seed and seedling pests, seed treatment products and safe use, and seed treatment equipment and calibration.

Manual (SP39-4)
$15.00
Revised October, 2010
Workbook (SP39-4/8W)
$5.00
Revised November, 2019

Rights-of-Way

Identifies types of rights-of-way areas, the weeds and other pests that are controlled in these areas, methods of control, and reducing pesticide impact on other nontarget areas.

Manual (SP39-5)*
$15.00
Revised September, 2015
* There are numerical errors on pages 56 and 57 of this manual. Corrections are available to view here.
Workbook (SP39-5W)
$5.00
Revised October, 2018
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released December 2020

Aquatics

Covers Illinois aquatic weeds, growth conditions, nonchemical and chemical controls, aquatic herbicides, and aquatic weed herbicide application equipment and calibration. Fish control and fish-related problems are also discussed.

Manual (SP39-6)
$15.00
Revised November, 2015
Workbook (SP39-6W)
$5.00
Revised January, 2017
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released February 2021

Private

Discusses integrated pest management; common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois field crops; types of pesticides; their formulations; pesticide labels; human pesticide poisoning; pesticides in the environment; safe handling of pesticides; field crop pesticide application equipment and calibration; and pesticide laws and regulations. For use by farmers and other private pesticide applicators.

Manual (SP39-7)
$15.00
Revised November, 2011
Workbook (SP39-7W)
$5.00
Revised October, 2018
Online Training Course
$45.00
Revised November 2020
Spanish Online Training Course
$45.00
Revised November 2020

Grain Facility

Discusses proper management of stored grain and the identification and control of important insect, fungus, rodent and bird pests of Illinois stored grain. For use by commercial and private applicators.

Manual (SP39-8)
$15.00
Revised November, 2006
Workbook (SP39-4/8W)
$5.00
Revised November, 2019
Online Training Course
$25.00
Revised 2006

Plant Management 

Discusses integrated pest management and common weeds, insects and diseases of Illinois interiorscape plants, as well as interiorscape plant pesticide application equipment and calibration.

Manual (SP39-9)
$15.00
Revised October, 2007
Workbook (SP39-9W)
$5.00
Revised November, 2007
Online Training Course
$25.00
Revised 2007

Forest

Designed to provide information for persons with pest problems in forests including forest nurseries, Christmas tree farms, windbreaks, wood lots, timber production forests, and recreational forests. It also serves as a study manual for persons wishing to become certified as Commercial or Public Forest Pest Control Applicators. This manual contains silvicultural and integrated pest management suggestions for controlling insect pests, weeds, and diseases of forests. Also included are the types of pesticide application equipment used to treat ornamental trees and shrubs and methods of calibrating this equipment.

Manual (SP39-10)
$15.00
Revised September, 2014

Aerial (National)

Covers general pesticide safety information, equipment calibration, drift management, navigation, target calculation, and preparation of spray using dry and liquid formulations.

Manual (SP39-11)*
$15.00
Revised 2014

* Free to download from NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture)

Mosquito

Designed to provide information for persons needing to control mosquitoes in large areas such as municipalities, townships, and housing developments. Discusses the identification and habits of common Illinois mosquitoes, the diseases that they transmit, the survey of mosquitoes to determine the species and numbers present, and the integrated pest management of pest species.

Manual (SP39-12)
$15.00
Revised November, 2016
Workbook (SP39-12W)
$5.00
Revised October, 2019
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released March 2021

Demonstration & Research

Information for pesticide companies, educators and other professionals conducting research and demonstration studies on pesticides who need certification in the category of demonstration and research. Includes specific rules and regulations, small experimental plot design, calibration of small-plot applicators and diagnosis of pesticide injury.

Manual (SP39-13)
$15.00
Revised January, 2002
Online Training Course
$25.00
Revised 20xx

Dealer

Discusses pesticide labels and labeling. Contains Illinois Pesticide Act and associated rules and regulations. Dealers must be licensed to sell pesticides in Illinois.

Manual (SP39-14)
$15.00
Revised November, 2009

Livestock

Discusses integrated pest management and common insect pests of livestock and livestock barns, as well as pesticide application equipment and calibration.

Manual (SP39-15)
$15.00
Revised July, 2001

Sewer Line Root

Discusses the chemical control of roots in sewer lines, as well as pesticide application.

Manual (SP39-16)
$15.00
Revised August, 2000

Soil Fumigation (National)

Discusses soil fumigants, safe handling, application methods and equipment, and calibration. Also discusses aerated steam pasteurization.

Manual (SP39-18)*
$15.00
Revised 2012

* Free to download from NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture)

Vegetable Crops

Discusses integrated pest management strategies and common weeds, insects, and diseases of Illinois vegetable crops, as well as pesticide application and calibration for those crops.

Manual (SP39-19)
$15.00
Revised January, 2019
Online Training Course
$25.00
Released 2014

Fruit Crops

This manual discusses integrated pest management strategies and common weeds, insects, and diseases of Illinois fruit crops, as well as pesticide application and calibration for those crops.

Manual (SP39-20)
$15.00
Revised October, 2019