Agriculture & Natural Resources
Private Pesticide Applicators License
You are required to obtain Private Pesticide Applicator license if either of the following statements is true (note that you must meet the REQUIREMENT that you will be producing an agricultural, ornamental, or forestry commodity!)
• I want to purchase and use a Restricted-Use Pesticide (RUP) on my property or the property of my employer to produce an agricultural, ornamental, or forestry commodity.
• I want to supervise the use of a Restricted-Use Pesticide (RUP) on my property or the property of my employer to produce an agricultural, ornamental, or forestry commodity.
If you do not meet the requirements for obtaining either a Private Applicator license or a Commercial Applicator license but wish to know more about properly, safely, and effectively applying pesticides, you may wish to obtain a Georgia Competent Applicators of Pesticides Program (GCAPP) certificate by completing GCAPP training. Instructions on how to sign up for GCAPP training are outlined on the PSEP homepage in response to the final question regarding getting pesticide safety education if you're not interested in becoming a certified applicator.
What is a Private Pesticide Applicator license and when is it required?
A Private Pesticide Applicator license authorizes or certifies you to purchase and use or supervise the use of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUP) to produce an agricultural, ornamental, or forestry commodity.
All applications on property not owned or rented by you or your employer must be done as a personal favor or as an exchange of personal services.
No fee can be charged with a Private Applicator license!
To state it another way, a Private Pesticide Applicator license does not cover commercial pesticide applications!
How do I obtain a private Pesticide Applicator license after May 2017? Step 1: Purchase course access (cost is $25.00) for the interactive Private Applicator training program though the Georgia Professional Certifications storefront on the UGA MarketPlace.
Dr. Mickey Taylor (email: email@example.com or cell phone: 706-540-4108) will enroll students twice per day, midmorning and late afternoon, and send you an enrollment notice by email with your user name and temporary password (you will be required to reset your password when you login to gaprocerts.com for the first time).
Step 2: Complete the new Private Applicator Training course at: https://gaprocerts.com/ Use the username and temporary password sent to you, follow the instructions carefully!" to the following: Use the username and temporary password sent to you and READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS very carefully! Following instructions is an essential part of your training for using Restricted-Use pesticides and will save you time and effort. You must pass the final test (a grade of 70 or higher) for each module in sequence (Module 1, then Module 2, followed by Module 3, and so on) before you will be allowed to proceed to the next module. You may retake the final test as many times as needed to achieve a passing grade. The time to complete the course will be approximately 4-5 hours for novice farmers.
Step 3: When you have completed the training course, print the Certificate of Completion and take it with you to your county Extension agent.
Step 4: At the Extension office you will certify to your county Extension agent that you are engaged in the production of an agricultural, ornamental, or forestry commodity by completing the Private Pesticide Applicator License Application and complete the Verification of Lawful Presence (notarized affidavit) needed for forwarding by your county agent to the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide office.
Step 5: The GDA Pesticides office will review your application and, when approved, send it to the Licensing Division, who will print and issue your license (usually in 3-4 weeks).
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- Animal & Dairy Science
- UGA Beef Cattle Programs
- Forage Crops
- Small Fruits
- Fruit & Vegetables
- Honey Bees
- Georgia Pest Management Handbook
- Georgia Master Gardener Program
- Headwaters Master Gardeners Local Chapter
- Home Horticulture & Landscaping
- GA Arborist
Soil Testing $8.00 per sample
Basic Water Test $22.00
Collection Protocol: A first draw water sample can be collected either early morning or evening upon returning home to ensure that the necessary 6-12 hour stagnant water conditions exist. Place a clean sample container below the faucet and gently open the cold water tap. One cup of water is needed. A clean plastic or glass container can be used.
Mineral tests can determine if the mineral content of your water is high enough to affect either health or the aesthetic and cleaning capacities of your water. A mineral test may include calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc and some others. An abundance of these minerals can cause hard water, plumbing and laundry stains, or bad odors.
Below are some of UGA Extension's most broadly useful resources for those involved in agriculture on the farm, in schools, and around the home.