SDSU Extension will host Private Applicator training sessions at various locations across South Dakota.
Who needs to be certified or recertified as a Private Pesticide Applicator?
If you plan to apply any pesticides to an agriculture commodity worth $ 1,000 or more, you need to be certified. It does not matter what pesticide you apply (herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide, etc.) you need to be certified as a Private Applicator.
Individuals have three options to get certified:
- Attend a 3-hour recertification class at any certification site.
- Visit a Regional Extension Center or your local Extension Office (some exceptions) and pick-up the materials to complete the open-book home-study exam.
- Take the Private Applicator exam on-line at the Department of Agriculture's website.
Why do you need to become certified? First and foremost, it’s the law but certification gives you the tools to apply pesticides more properly, safely, and profitably. The certification is good for five years and allows applicators to buy and apply general and restricted use pesticides. During the trainings, SDSU Extension personnel will cover the South Dakota rules and regulations about applying pesticides.
Depending on the location, local pest management issues, insect pests, weeds or diseases, will also be discussed.
There is no charge for attending the private applicator class or taking the open-book home-study exam to become certified or recertified as a private pesticide applicator.