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, only one of which may be from webinar attendance. 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.
How do I renew my pesticide applicator license when it expires?
You must be re-certified to renew your pesticide applicator's license. There are two options you may choose to accomplish this. The first option is that you may take the commercial applicator's exam again to renew your commercial applicator license or, if you have a private applicator license, you may participate in the private applicator training from your County Agent again. The second option is for you to accumulate the required re-certification credit hours during your five-year license period. Please note that all recertification credit hours must be received in the Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Pesticide Program office at least 90 days prior to the expiration of your license. Private applicators must obtain three (3) recertification credit hours in order to renew the private applicator license and commercial applicators must obtain either six (6) or ten (10) recertification credit hours, depending on which category they are certified in to renew their commercial applicator's license.
What is the best way to find upcoming and approved recertification courses?
GDA's Pesticide Program lists approved Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification Courses in a database that allows you to search for upcoming courses in your licensed category.
How many recertification hours can I get each year by watching video recordings at my county Extension office of previously conducted recertification courses?
You are only allowed credit for one recertification hour each year that uses this method of presentation.
When my license is about to expire and I have completed all my required recertification credit hours, will I have to remember to file for renewal or with GDA remind me?
All licensees who obtain the required recertification credit hours will be mailed a renewal notice approximately 90 days prior to license expiration.
Where can I find out how many recertification credit hours I have and how many I need to obtain by 90 days before my license expires?
GDA's Pesticide Program has a Pesticide Applicator Licensing and Certification web page where you can search by your last name or Certified Applicator number. When the search results appear, click on your name and that will take you to your Pesticide Applicator Profile, which lists your license type, number, expiration date, and certification summary with the total hours you have earned. There is also a table of recertification credit hours required for renewal for each license type and category.