COVID-19 Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. As a result, Nebraska Extension canceled all in-person training, including chemigation and pesticide applicator training, from March 16 to May 9, 2020. This page is the hub for PSEP-related information during the interrupted training season. We will continue to update this page as things develop and more information becomes available. We are grateful for your patience and understanding at this time.

If you choose to email us for help with online training, please specify the training program you need (e.g., private online, FlipBooks, commercial recertification, chemigation). This will help us get you the information you need more quickly.

Private Applicators

Online private self-study program — In lieu of in-person private applicator training sessions, we are directing all private applicators to use our online program to certify or recertify. First-time and recertifying private applicators can use this program. The price of this program has been temporarily reduced to match the price of the in-person sessions ($40). Please follow these Instructions for Using the Private Online Training.

If you are unable to use this online training due to its technology requirements (i.e., a computer and an internet connection), please call the Pesticide Office at 402-472-1632.

Commercial/Noncommercial Applicators

Initial Training

Purchase FlipBooks — Initial training for commercial/noncommercial applicators will be available solely through our FlipBooks. FlipBooks combine our text-based study manuals with the videos shown at in-person training sessions, in a convenient digital format. They are the best way to prepare for commercial/noncommercial applicator exams.

Taking Exams

Due to the need for social distancing, testing capacity has been significantly reduced. At this time, Pearson VUE is providing limited testing opportunities. This proctored, computerized testing costs $55 per exam. View the list of locations and availability. If you have additional questions about applicator exams, please contact NDA at 402-471-2351.

Recertification Training

The Pesticide Office has created a temporary online recertification method for commercial/noncommercial applicators. This online course will replace in-person recertification sessions for the remainder of the 2020 training season.

The online recertification course will be available April 6–10. To participate, applicators must be registered for one of the following recertification session dates: 3/19, 3/24, or 3/26. (The location of the session for which an applicator is registered does not matter.) Applicators who are registered for one of the listed dates will receive an email on April 3rd with details about the online recertification course. We ask that applicators please watch their inbox (and spam/junk folder) for messages from the Pesticide Office.

If you need to get recertified and you have not registered for a recertification session, please do so as soon as possible: register for recertification. If you have any questions about this process, please call us at 402-472-1632. After you have registered, you will receive an email on April 3rd with details about the online recertification course. Please watch your inbox (and spam/junk folder) for messages from the Pesticide Office.


Online chemigation training course — Both initial (first-time) certification and recertification for chemigation licenses can be accomplished entirely online by completing the online course and test.

  • Those seeking recertification will enter their Chemigation Applicator ID number
  • Those seeking initial certification will type 'INITIAL' instead of a number.