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Spray Fundamentals

Time limit: 60 days

$150 Enroll

Full course description

Course Description:

Spray Fundamentals is a self-paced, online course developed by Clemson Extension. This course has been created for anyone with a license to apply pesticides who wants to build upon their knowledge and improve their application techniques. In this course, participants will be provided with an in depth look at the techniques, equipment, complexities, and importance of proper pesticide applications. 

This course is a fully online and asynchronous. Participants will work through the course content at their own pace and will be given 60 days to complete the course once registered. Participants who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to earn 3 credits towards their pesticide license. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  1. Determine the best course of action to improve the efficacy of pesticide application
  2. Identify the correct PPE for use and practice pesticide safety procedures
  3. Describe ways to improve economic efficiency when calibrating sprayers and applying pesticides
  4. Practice responsible pesticide application techniques to promote environmental stewardship 

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to spraying
  • Types of sprayers
  • Sprayer maintenance and clean up
  • Coverage, nozzles, and droplets
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Pesticide formulations
  • Adjuvants and alkaline hydrolysis
  • Modes of action – insecticides, fungicides, herbicides
  • Pollinator protection
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Calculations and measurements

Course Requirements:

To successfully complete this course, and earn 3 pesticide credits towards your pesticide license, participants must complete all learning activities including watching instructional videos, completing lesson knowledge checks, and passing the post-test with a minimum score of 70%. 

Technical Requirements:

To Participate fully in this course, you will need:

  • An active email address for the individual participating in the course.
  • A desktop computer or laptop (recommended): Canvas is available on mobile devices, but some content may appear differently
  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • A web browser compatible with Canvas: Chrome and Firefox are recommended.
  • Headphones or speakers (closed captioning also available)
  • Computer skills including Internet browsing, using email, typing, downloading files, and basic troubleshooting.

Need Help?

  • If you need help accessing or registering for a course, please contact Clemson Online at
  • Our support email is monitored Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30. If you contact us in the evening or on the weekend, we will help you during the next business day.
  • Please do not contact CCIT regarding CPE courses. Please reach out to Clemson Online so that we can assist you.