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CORE Training Program

for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License

(English Instruction)

Course Code: AE0801CJ20

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In accordance with Rutgers University's social distancing policy related to COVID-19, we will be now be offering this course online. View online course details and register.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Core classes.


The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Pesticide Control Program (PCP) regulations contain information on the training requirements for new (never licensed) commercial applicators and/or operators, as well as the requirements for currently licensed persons and those who have not maintained their license. Under these regulations, a new commercial applicator or operator must attend a PCP-approved basic pesticide training course (such as Core, which is described below) and complete forty (40) hours of on-the-job training in the functions and operations associated with the category of license the individual is seeking to obtain. Recertification of a currently-licensed New Jersey commercial pesticide applicator/ operator is maintained by completing recertification courses in both Core (eight units) and the category being recertified for (sixteen units) within a five-year period.

The Rutgers/NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education’s (OCPE) Core Training Program is a basic pesticide training course for those interested in becoming a licensed New Jersey pest control operator and/or applicator. Topics covered during this half-day (four hour) course include:

  • Federal pesticide laws;
  • The New Jersey Pesticide Control Act;
  • What is IPM?
  • Pesticide hazards and how to minimize them;
  • Proper handling, storage, and disposal of pesticides; and
  • Types of application equipment and use.

This course satisfies New Jersey’s requirement of attending a basic pesticide training course for new applicants.

For more information on pesticide applicator training requirements, please visit http://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/.

IMPORTANT: This is NOT the CORE exam. This is a training course. You must register for the exam separately through the Rutgers Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam Registration (PACER) system. Visit pacer.rutgers.edu for more information.


This course is approved for the following pesticide credits:

- Six (6) CORE units toward re-certification for New Jersey licensed applicators/operators
- Six (6) CORE units toward re-certification for Pennsylvania licensed applicators/operators

Registration Fee TBD
Multi-Person Registration Fee (2 or more) TBD

There are no refunds for this class. Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Holly House
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08816
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Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License" or Course Code AE0801) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

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