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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Types of Licenses

Private Applicator License
Required for people applying Restricted Use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity on property they own or control. Private Applicators must also successfully complete the Grain Fumigation category exam in order to fumigate their own grain bins.
($30; 3-year license)

Commercial Applicator and Operator Licenses
Required for individuals who purchase, use, or supervise the use of pesticides classified for General or Restricted Use for hire.
(Applicator: $180 fee; 3-year license. Operator: $120 fee; 3-year license).

Commercial Not-for-Hire Applicator or Operator Licenses
Required for individuals who purchase, use or supervise the use of pesticides classified for General or Restricted Use for any purpose on property of an employer when such activity is a requirement of the terms of employment and the application is limited to property under the control of the employer only. Commercial not-for-hire also includes individuals who use or supervise the use of pesticides classified for General or Restricted Use as an employee of a state agency, municipality, or other duly constituted governmental agency or unit. (Applicator: $60 fee; 3-year license. Operator: $45 fee; 3-year license).

Pesticide Dealer License
An individual selling Restricted Use pesticides must be licensed. Also, an individual selling non-restricted use (general use) pesticides for the production of an agricultural commodity in containers with capacities equal to or greater than 2-1/2 gallons or 10 pounds must be licensed. Commercial Applicators and Structural Pest Control Licensees are exempt from the testing and fee requirements but must register with the Department of Agriculture as a Dealer. The same phase-in schedule is applicable to Dealers as was earlier described for Applicators and Operators.
($300 fee for a 3-year license. Current exam valid through 2018 $100 fee for a 1-year license; Current exam valid through 2019 $200 fee for a 2-year license.)