UGA Extension Office

Commercial Pesticide Applicator License

What is a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license and when is it required?

  • The Commercial Pesticide Applicator license is required if you want to buy, apply, or supervise the application of a general use or restricted-use pesticide (RUP) without a fee and you do not qualify as a private applicator. (Private applicators buy, apply, or supervise the application of RUPs to their own land or to land they rent or lease or to the land, owned or leased, of their employer to produce an agricultural, horticultural, or forestry commodity.) Commercial applicators who wish to charge a fee for the application of any pesticide to the land of another person or business also must obtain a Pesticide Contractor license for each business location.
  • The Commercial Pesticide Applicator license does not permit you to charge a fee unless you also have a Pesticide Contractor license.
  • If you are a licensed Pesticide Contractor and apply any pesticide to the lands of another person or business, you must have at least one full-time Commercial Pesticide Applicator licensed at your business location. The Commercial Pesticide Applicator will supervise all applications made under the 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?

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 office website for a table of the requirements for each category.
  • Recertification credits may be earned by attending education meetings and training courses that have been approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Pesticide office.

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).


How to Order Print Copies

The two-volume set is available for $75 and is not sold separately. 

Online: Order the 2022 Commercial edition two-volume set online from the UGA Extension Store. 

Check/Money Order: Make check or money order payable to The University of Georgia. 

Send payment and a completed Publications Order Form to:

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