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Do you need a private pesticide applicator license?
Not all pesticide applicators need a license, but this time of year we are often asked if an individual needs a license and if so, what type of license do they need.
Private pesticide license — If you would like to purchase and/or apply restricted use pesticides (RUPs) on land that is owned or leased by you or your employer, for the purposes of producing an agricultural commodity you must have a private pesticide applicator license.
If you do not meet this criteria, you can find more information on frequently asked questions and commercial applicator licenses by reading "Frequently Asked Certification Questions" on the Penn State Extension website.
How do I get a private pesticide license?
To become certified as a private pesticide applicator you must pass a written exam. Certification Exam Study Materials can be purchased through Penn State Extension, and used to prepare for the exam. The exam is open book as of January 2019, so the study packet can also be used during the exam.
The testing period is three hours. For private pesticide applicators, the exam consists of multiple choice questions and you must pass with a 75% or greater to get a license. Studying prior to the exam is encouraged, as it is unlikely that you will be able to look up the answers to each question.
Need help studying?
If you don’t have enough time to go through the Core and Supplemental private pesticide applicator manual, you can register for a Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course. In February, 12 Penn State Extension Offices across the state will offer a short course to prepare private applicators for the exam.
The 2019 Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course is a two-day course scheduled for February 25th and 27th. During this short course, Penn State Extension Agronomy Educators will help prepare attendees by reviewing and highlighting key material in the Pesticide Core and Supplemental Manual. Chapters will be broken up with the inclusion of small group activities and breaks.
Participants will need to purchase and bring the Pesticide Applicator Certification Study Materials — Private Applicator Study Packet to class.
For more information on the short course and locations, you can contact Rachel Milliron at email@example.com or visit the Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course registration site.