This unit is responsible for enforcing state laws and regulations developed to protect people from poisonings and to prevent environmental degradation that might result from improper use of pesticides on farms, in yards, and inside homes. Through this program, commercial pesticide applicators are trained, tested, and licensed to achieve a level of competence in the pesticide application industry. Diligent enforcement of these regulations reduces the incidence of pesticide poisonings and environmental damage.
Pesticide Safety and IPM Training
The University of Rhode Island has announced their latest Pesticide Safety and IPM Training schedule. All training classes will be held at URI's East Farm location, 2095 Kingstown Road, Building 75, Wakefield, RI. Prior to being licensed/certified, applicants are required to attend core training, which consists of two days with an exam at the conclusion of the second day. Pre-registration is required by mail.
Recertification of Applicators
Pesticide applicators need to take continuing education credits in order to maintain their certificates and licenses. Please click here for more information.
Endangered Species Protection Bulletins
Endangered Species Protection Bulletins are part of the EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program. By law, you are required to follow the pesticide use limitations set forth in the bulletin for your county, pesticide active ingredient and application month. Click here for the EPA's Endangered Species Protection Bulletins website, which proides more detailed information and current bulletins.
Statutes and Regulations
Rhode Island General Laws: