General Pest Control
General Pest Control is one of the license categories in the state of Virginia. This license category is for the professional that wishes to use pesticides to control household pests, including pests that infest structures, stored products, and residential food preparation areas, and pests that infest or contaminate food at any stage of processing in food processing facilities. This includes treatment of food processing areas and control of vertebrate structural invaders. This category does not include control of wood-destroying pests, or the use of fumigants.
Our VA Category 7A: General Pest Control – Full Credit course has been awarded full credit towards recertifying a commercial Category 7A: Agricultural Pest Control license in the state of Virginia.
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General Pest Control
The type of pests addressed under the General Pest Control license category would include flies, ants, silverfish, earwigs, and cockroaches and the like.
A Virginia certified commercial applicator or registered technician must complete a board-approved recertification course that, at a minimum, addresses the following topics:
1. Legal aspects including:
a. A reminder to follow label directions including those on use, storage, disposal, and transportation;
b. A review of possible consequences of violating the law;
c. A reminder that restricted use pesticides purchased under an applicator’s certificate number must be for use by certified commercial applicators only;
d. A review of a certified commercial applicator’s responsibilities in supervising the use of restricted use pesticides by noncertified applicators; and
e. A review of recordkeeping responsibilities of certified commercial applicators for restricted use pesticide applications; and
2. Category-related training including:
a. A review of general safety for the applicator, coworkers, and the public;
b. A review of the environmental aspects of pesticide use, including impact on nontarget organisms, wildlife, domestic animals, groundwater, etc.;
c. A review of application techniques, including equipment, calibration, and maintenance;
d. A review of hazards, both personal safety and environmental, unique to that specific category;
e. A review of pertinent information regarding new chemistry or new formulations available that would be of use to applicators certified in the category;
f. A review of integrated pest management programs applicable to the category; and
g. A review of pests specific to category, including in-depth training on identification and control of selected specific pests. This section may be tailored to local needs.
How Our Pest Control Training Courses Work:
Register and pay for one of our Virginia pest control training courses. This involves creating a username and password.
Next, you will start the course. The first screen will have a vertical listing of the lesson titles for the course you signed up for. In Virginia, if you are a commercial applicator, then there will be 8 lesson titles listed vertically in large black and white lettering in the middle of the screen.
Select the first listing and you will be taken to that lesson; it will be a few pages long. Read the lesson and at the bottom of the lesson in a long, skinny, rectangular box will be the word “Test” followed by the lesson title.
Select (click on) the test to begin the 10 question multiple choice quiz that goes with the lesson. After answering the tenth and final question, find the button at the bottom, right-hand side of the page that is labeled “Finish”.
Click on the “Finish” button to score the quiz and save your answers. A score of 70 or above must be achieved before being allowed to advance to the next lesson. When a person scores a 60 or lower, he is returned to the beginning and must retake the quiz until scoring a 70 or better. There is no limit to how many times a person may retake a quiz.
When a student completes and scores his final quiz, he will be taken to a screen where he can print his continuing education certificate.
Be sure to maintain a copy of your Continuing Education Certificate on file. You will need to show this certificate to the official in the event you are audited.
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