What is the Value of Extension Training for Certified Pesticide Applicators?

Doug Young, Carol A. Ramsay


Through an email survey, the authors estimate the annual value of certified applicator training programs range from $6,787 (initial certification) to $13,366 (recertification) per trainee. When trainee economic benefits were compared to program costs, the most conservative benefit to cost ratio is 20:1. Extrapolation to training provided by other Washington State University Extension faculty resulted in a 14:1 ratio. These high benefit to cost ratios provide strong justification for continuing certified pesticide applicator training. Survey respondents overwhelmingly reported that training had improved their personal safety, helped protect the environment and increased their awareness of, and compliance with pesticide regulations.

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