Operators (Commercial, Public, Commercial Not-for-Hire)
An operator is a person who uses pesticides at the job site. The operator
is tied directly to the applicator's license. The operator cannot be
licensed without an applicator being properly licensed. The operator
can apply pesticides only under the direct supervision of the applicator
and can apply pesticides only to areas covered by the applicator's license.
Supervision and direction of operators by an applicator is interpreted
to mean that the applicator must be in daily contact with the operators.
If the applicator is out of town or not available, the operator may
not legally apply pesticides. An operator may not legally work for another
Operator Licensing Requirements
- Be employed and supervised by a currently licensed applicator.
- Pass the 100-question General Standards Exam or Aerial General Standards Exam.
- The license application will be sent to you after your exam is passed. Submit the application to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within 90 days. If 90 days elapse, you must retest.
- Commercial operators must pay a $40 annual license fee.
- Commercial not-for-hire and public operators must pay a $15 annual license fee.
- Training for the general standards exam is offered by the University of Illinois Extension on the first day of each clinic listed in the brochure.