What is a PSEP?
Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) provide pesticide applicator training on the safe use of restricted use pesticides by applicators in agricultural, commercial and residential settings.
The National Pesticide Safety Education Center states that "PSEPs promote responsible decision-making and actions to protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment. They offer information, training, and resources for pesticide applicators and the general public."
PSEPs are based at land-grant universities, supported by the EPA, and are used for the education and training of certified pesticide applicators.
Pesticide certification requirements vary by state, but in general anyone buying or using a restricted pesticide must be a certified pesticide applicator.
PSEPs also participate in other pesticide, integrated pest management (IPM), and health, safety and environmental educational programs for the public. PSEPs focus on program outcomes for safe food, clean water, environmental protection and human health while enhancing the economy of producers and communities. These outcomes are accomplished through education programs designed to keep pesticide applicators, their co-workers, and the general public safe, and using pesticides to effectively control pests while also protecting the environment.
Southern PSEP Coordinators by State
Southern PSEP Coordinators by Territory
See the National List here.