Colorado Department of Pesticide Education Program at Colorado State University

Technician Training

Who is a technician? A technician is a person whose job involves the use of pesticides, but who is not a certified operator or qualified supervisor.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is very specific about the hours of training required for certain classes of pesticide application technicians. The CDA defines 3 classes of technician, with further subdivisions.

Follow the decision tree below to determine what type of technician training you need to provide; click on your choice for more information. Read the Definitions section before reviewing the tables below.


Tech Applicator New Hire On-Going Sales Both
This tree was created with the information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Pesticide Applicators' Act.

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Definitions (Top)

For the following tables, refer to the definitions below.
  • Structural I: Includes the categories of Wood Destroying Organism Pest Control, Fumigation, and Residential/Commercial Pest Control
  • Structural II: Includes the categories of Outdoor Vertebrate Control, Stored Commodities Treatment, Wood Preservation and Treatment, and Interior Plant Pest Control
  • Classroom: Instructional training covering
    • State, Federal, and local laws and regulations
    • Environmental precautions
    • Pesticide use
    • Equipment and calibration
    • Pesticides and their families
    • Pest management
    • Applicator safety
    • Pesticide labels and labeling
    • Host and pest identification
    • Public safety

  • Classroom Pest ID: Instructional training covering pest management and host and pest identificaion
  • On-the-Job: Training provided while the technician is performing their duties. Some of this training (the number in parentheses) must be provided by a licensed QS or CO who has at least 1 season of pesticide application experience within the last 2 years.
  • Discretionary: These hours may be divided between classroom instructional training and on-the-job training as needed.

Applicator Technicians (Top)

Category Total
Classroom
Classroom Pest ID
On-the-Job
Discretionary
Agricultural
36
12
24 (8)
Turf
36
8
4
24 (8)
Ornamental
40
8
8
24 (8)
Turf & Ornamental
60
8
12
40 (16)
Structural I
160
32
120 (60)
8
Structural II
36
12
24 (8)
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New Hire Experienced Technicians † (Top)

Category Total
Classroom
Classroom Pest ID
On-the-Job*
Discretionary
Agricultural
16
4
8
4
Turf
16
4
8
4
Ornamental
16
4
8
4
Turf & Ornamental
16
4
8
4
Structural I
32
16
16
Structural II
16
4
8
4
† Experienced sales technicians are not required to complete training in pesticide use, equipment and calibration, or applicator safety.
*All hours of on-the-job training must be conducted by a licenced QS or CO.
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On-Going Experienced Technicians (Top)

Category Total
Classroom
Classroom Pest ID
On-the-Job
Discretionary
Agricultural
4
     
4
Turf
4
     
4
Ornamental
4
     
4
Turf & Ornamental
4
     
4
Structural I *
12
3
9
Structural II
4
4
4
*This training can be divided into a minimum of 2 hours per month over a period of 6 months. In addition, applicators must successfully complete a written examination prepared and given by the commercial applicator, which will show overall comprehension of the training.
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Sales Technicians (Top)

Category Total
Classroom
Classroom Pest ID
On-the-Job
Discretionary
Agricultural
36
12
16 (8)
8
Turf
40
8
8
24 (8)
Ornamental
48
8
16
24 (8)
Turf & Ornamental
64
8
24
32 (8)
Structural I
160
32
120 (60)
8
Structural II
36
12
16 (8)
8
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Applicator and Sales Technicians (Top)

Category Total
Classroom
Classroom Pest ID
On-the-Job
Discretionary
Agricultural*
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Turf
48
8
16
24 (8)
Ornamental
56
8
24
24 (8)
Turf & Ornamental
80
8
32
40 (16)
Structural I*
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Structual II*
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

*For these categories, there is no stated difference between applicators who are solely applicator or sales technicians and those who act in both capacities.

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