Certified Private Pesticide Applicator
Private applicators are certified through training programs conducted at the county extension office. Certification is valid for 3 years and expires on December 31 of the final year. Applicators attend a training session to become certified again. Trained applicators receive a yellow card with a unique number. This card must be shown to a dealer when purchasing Restricted Use pesticides.
Minimum Standards for Applicators
(Taken from Code of Federal Regulations Part 40 Protection of Environment)
- Have a practical knowledge of common pests to be controlled and the damage caused by them.
- Be able to read and understand the label and labeling information including- common name of the pesticide applied, pests to be controlled, timing and methods of application, safety precautions, any pre-harvest or re-entry restrictions and any specific disposal procedures.
- Know how to apply pesticides in accordance with the label instructions and warnings, be able to prepare proper concentrations and calibrate application equipment.
- Recognize local environmental situations that must be considered during application to avoid contamination.
- Be able to recognize poisoning symptoms and procedure to follow in case of a pesticide accident.
Testing of Certified Commercial and Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators must be both certified and licensed. This is accomplished by passing (70%) a written competency / licensing examination administered by the KDA. The examination includes general information from this manual and questions from the appropriate category specific manual.
There is a certification examination fee of twenty-five dollars ($25). For persons testing in multiple categories, there is a fee of ten dollars ($10) for each additional category.
After passing an examination, you have ninety (90) days from the date of testing to activate the license(s) requested. Otherwise, you will have to take the test again.
Commercial and non-commercial certifications are valid for 3 years. Certification expires on December 31 of the final year.
The license, which expires on December 31, is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. Applicators who do not renew the licenses must take the examination again.