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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: 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 for the first time).

Step 2: Complete the new Private Applicator Training course at: 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).


Lab Fees

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lab Fees

Soil Testing  $8.00 per sample

sampling instructions

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.

Production Agriculture:
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education Everything you need to achieve certification and maintain the knowledge to safely and effectively make use of restricted-use and all other types of pesticides.
Sustainable Agriculture A collection of resources for those interested in production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers, and the community.
Ag Budgets and Economics Resources for production economics, farm management, marketing, situation and outlook, risk management, financial management, farm policy, labor, and taxation.
Farmgate Value Report Annual county-level reports documenting the value of all food and fiber commodities grown in the state.
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Home & Garden:
Soil Testing Ensure that your soil is productive! Get your soil tested to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth.
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality Water quality has an immediate and a prolonged effect on the health of your household. This publication series contains basic information about home water quality and treatment.
Home Garden Publication Series Topics include garden planning, soil preparation, weed control, pollination, disease and insect control, harvesting, and preserving.
Georgia Green Industry Professional Development The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture offers professional training and certifications for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, Georgia Certified Plant Professional exam and Super Crew employee training series.
Community and School Gardens This Community and School Gardens blog is designed to help community and school gardeners succeed by connecting them to UGA Extension and other research-based resources.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources Whether you'd like to help protect the environment, teach your students how to avoid chronic diseases with healthy food and physical activity, or train food handlers in your cafeteria, University of Georgia Extension can help.