What is a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license and when is it required?
- The Commercial Pesticide Applicator license is required if you want to apply a restricted-use pesticide (RUP) and you do not qualify as a private applicator.
- If you work for or as a licensed Pesticide Contractor applying any pesticide to the lands of another you must have a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license unless you work under the supervision of someone else who is licensed as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
- The Commercial Pesticide Applicator license does not permit you to charge a fee unless you also have a Pesticide Contractor license.
- Pesticide purchases must be confined to only those categories for which you are authorized by your license.
What are the specific requirements for obtaining a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license?
- You must pass an examination on the “National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Second Edition 2014” and an exam on the appropriate categorical manual(s) with a minimum score of 70%.
- Georgia Technical Colleges administer the computerized core and categorical exams at several locations around Georgia numerous times during the course of a given year. You select a location and date convenient to you.
- Visit the Georgia Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Testing Information website for exam information and registration.
- Order study manuals from the University of Georgia including the “National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Second Edition 2014” and appropriate category manual(s) from the UGA Extension Publication Store under the Commercial Applicator’s Study Guides page. If you prefer to place your order by mail, download the Pesticide Applicator Study Material order form (PDF).
- Three study guide courses are available online if you prefer an online course to reading a paper manual. Each course covers approximately one-third of the “National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Second Edition 2014” and includes quizzes that allow you to assess whether or not you are prepared to pass the Core Manual Exam at your nearby Georgia Technical College. You may order one or more of the study guide courses by following the instructions in this PDF.
- Currently, there is only one study guide category course available for commercial applicators and that is the Ornamental and Turf study guide (Category 24). Additional study guides are in preparation and will become available as they are complete.
How long does Commercial Pesticide Applicator license last and how do I renew it?
- The Commercial Pesticide Applicator license is valid for five years. The cost of the license is $90 for each five year renewal.
- Commercial Pesticide Applicators must earn a required number of recertification credits every five years no later than 90 days before their license expires or be reexamined.
- The number of recertification credits required depends on the category in which the Applicator is certified. See the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program website for a table of the requirements for each category.
- Recertification credits may be earned by attending education meetings approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program.
A Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Courses 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.
Additional information from the Georgia Department of Agriculture for Licensed Pesticide Applicators about applying for a new license, renewing and/or updating an existing license, and much more can be found at the Kelly Solutions website.
For a printable information sheet, download and save Commercial Pesticide License Information (PDF).