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Private Pesticide Applicator

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 are interested in a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license, visit our Commercial Applicators web page for more information on commercial licensing. 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 the GCAPP training, which is very similar to the Private Applicator training. See your county Extension office for details.

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. Contact your county Extension office or Dr. Mickey Taylor (mickeyt@uga.edu), the Associate PSEP Coordinator, for additional information.

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 commodity.
  • Currently, there is no fee charged for the Private Applicator license.
  • 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?

  • Step 1: Complete a special Pesticide Safety Education Program training course provided to you by Frank Hancock, Henry County Extension ANR Agent.
  • Step 2: Certify to your county Extension agent that you are engaged in the production of an agricultural or forestry commodity by completing the Private Pesticide Applicator License Application.
  • Step 3: Complete the necessary documentation of competency in pesticide use and safety with your county Extension agent for forwarding to the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program.
  • Step 4: The GDA Pesticide Program reviews your application, sends it to the Licensing Division, who will process payment, print, and issue your license to you (usually in 3-4 weeks).
  • OPTIONAL Step 5 (if you need to purchase an RUP immediately): Ask your county Agent to call the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program (855-424-5423) to obtain a temporary license number to allow you to purchase and use RUPs. 

How long does a Private Pesticide Applicator license last/how do I renew?

  • The initial Private Applicator license is good for five years.
  • Recertification credits must be earned no later than 90 days before your license expires.
  • If you fail to earn sufficient recertification credits before your license expires, you must repeat the Private Applicator Training Program at your county Extension office.
  • To renew a Private Applicator license you must earn three hours of recertification credits every five years.
  • Recertification credits can be earned by attending certain growers' meetings given by county Extension offices or by attending short courses and other meetings or viewing video recordings of those meetings that have been approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program.

A searchable database is available through the Georgia Department of Agriculture where you can search by type of license (Commercial or Private), license category, or course date.

For a printable information sheet, download and save our Private Pesticide License Information (PDF) file.

Here is a four minute how-to video for the current online testing procedure. Printable instructions.

 

Pesticide Safety Education Program