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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 application records must be kept by Commercial Pesticide Applicators?

  • The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires that certain pesticide application records must be kept by licensed commercial applicators.  The UGA Pesticide Safety Education Program in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Agriculture has developed a Georgia Recordkeeping Manual: For All Categories of Commercial Pesticide Applicators. Copies are available from the UGA Extension Publications Store for Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Safety Guides at nominal cost.


What are the specific requirements for obtaining a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license?

I prefer to study for the core and category exams using an online study guide course that includes many quizzes to test my comprehension before I take the actual examinations at my nearby Technical College.  How do I do that?

  • Online study guide courses are available that cover the core manual exam and several of the category exams.  These courses are available if you prefer to study using an online course rather than reading and studying a paper copy of the manual.
  • There are three core manual courses.  Each course covers 3 or 4 chapters from the “National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual Second Edition 2014.”  Each chapter ends with a quiz whose questions are derived from that chapter.  The quizzes allow you to assess whether or not you are prepared to pass the Core Manual Exam. You may order one or more of the courses through the Georgia Professional Certifications storefront on the UGA Marketplace website by following these instructions for how to order them (PDF) or go to the Core & Category Manual Study Guides page on this website for step-by-step ordering instructions.
  • Category manual study guide courses are available for commercial applicators seeking certification in Aquatic Pest Control (Category 26), Agricultural Plant Pest Control (Category 21), Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Control (Category 24), and Mosquito Biology, Surveillance and Control (Category 41).  These courses also contain many quiz questions for each chapter or section of the paper manual to better prepare you for the actual exam that you will be required to pass.  Use the "instructions for how to order them" PDF or by clicking on the “Category Manual Study Guides” tab on the Georgia Professional Certifications storefront.  Additional category study guides will be prepared after current older manuals are revised, updated, and published.
  • The following steps will occur automatically once you submit your order.  Dr. Mickey Taylor will immediately receive a notification of your order, including the name you entered on the Payment Methods page and your email address.  Dr. Taylor will enroll you in the courses that you have purchased sometime during each workday, typically around 10:00 AM or 5:00 PM.  He will send you an email with your username and a temporary password.  You will be required to change this temporary password when you log onto the site for the first time.  You can no longer self-register on the website.

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.

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).

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