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How Do I Obtain a Pesticide Applicators License?

Private Pesticide License Page

Commercial Pesticide License Page

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Certified Pesticide Applicators must earn a required number of recertification credits every five years or be reexamined. Recertification credits may be earned by attending education meetings approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Program. You can search for Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Courses by type of license (Commercial or Private), license category, or course date. Private applicators must obtain three (3) re-certification credit hours in order to renew the Private Applicator license. Commercial applicators must obtain either six (6) or ten (10) recertification credit hours per licensed category (see CEU requirements for commercial and private categories) to renew their Commercial Applicator license.  We also have a series of PowerPoint presentations and webinars you can view at our office for credit.  Email: to set up an appointment.


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Testing Services

Soil Testing the Easy Way

Soil samples (commercial & homeowner) are priced at $10.00 per sample.

To collect a sample, take at least 15 to 20 cores or thin slices at random over the field or area. In general, 15 acres should be the maximum size area represented by a single composite sample. Collect the sample in a clean plastic bucket or other non-metal container and thoroughly mix the soil, remove rocks, twigs, roots, etc. then place the soil in a sealable plastic bag or other clean container. Testing may take up to 10 days. You have the option of receiving your results either by mail, e-mail or fax.

Water Testing

Basic Water Sample $28.00

Collect the first draw water sample, after a minimum of 6 to 12 hour period during which time there was no water usage prior to the sampling. Either early morning or evening upon returning home are the best sampling times to ensure that the necessary stagnant water conditions exist. A kitchen or bathroom cold-water faucet is to be used for sampling.

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
Statewide Variety Testing Which varieties should you plant? The variety testing team does the work and research for farmers.
UGA Weather Network
UGA Weather Network Reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications, including soil temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and more.
Pesticide Safety Education
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
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
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
Pest Management Recommendations for pest control around homes, on pets, in the home garden, and more.
Household Water Quality
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
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.
Soil Testing
Georgia Green Landscape Stewards The Georgia Green Landscape Stewards program provides fact-based information to help businesses and residences in Georgia implement sustainable green practices in their landscape.
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.