DELAWARE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR GENERAL INFORMATION

Delaware State Licensing Contact Information

Phone: (302)698-4571

Email: kenda.galipo@state.de.us

Web: Delaware Department of Agriculture

What pesticide application activities require a license?

Anyone buying or using a restricted use pesticide must be certified by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA).

Anyone in the business of applying pesticides, either restricted use or general use to the land or property of another must be certified and obtain a Pesticide Business License from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Application of soil termiticides must be conducted by a commercial applicator, on site, with a valid (7B) category designation.

What type of Delaware Pesticide Applicator's certification do I need?

Private Applicators are the producers of agricultural commodities and apply restricted-use pesticides to land that is owned or rented by them or their employer.

Commercial Applicators are all other restricted-use or general- use pesticide applicators that apply to the land of others.

What classifications of pesticide applicator does Delaware have?

Commercial Applicators
1A Agricultural

1B Agricultural Animal
1C Fumigation of Soils/Ag Commodities
02 Forest
03 Ornamental & Turf
04 Seed Treatment
5A Aquatic
5B Antifouling Paint
06 Right-of-Way

Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health Related
7A General Pest Control
7B Wood Destroying Pest Control
7C Fumigation (Non-Agricultural)
7D Wood Preservatives
7E Institutional Maintenance
7F Cooling Towers
7G Miscellaneous
08 Public Health
09 Regulatory
10 Demonstration and Research

What experience is required to obtain a Delaware pesticide applicator license?

You must have a minimum of two-years practical experience under the supervision of a certified applicator within the past three years.

Does the state of Delaware offer reciprocity with other states for pesticide applicators?

Yes! Delaware reciprocates with Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

Do all of my employees need their own Delaware Pesticide Applicator's Certification?

Yes

Do I need a Delaware Pesticide Applicator's Certification to apply general use pesticides for hire?

Yes. You must also work for a licensed pesticide business.

Do I need a Delaware Pesticide Business License?

A pesticide business license is required by anyone engaging in the business of applying pesticides to the property of another within this state

EXCEPT:

  • Any person who applies pesticides on or at a premise he/she owns, leases, or operates
  • Veterinarians or physicians in their professional service
  • Research personnel applying pesticides to bona-fide experimental plots

How do I qualify for a Delaware Pesticide Business License?

To qualify for a Pesticide Business License, the following requirements must be met:

Step 1 - Submit a notarized application
Step 2 - Submit either a surety bond or a liability insurance policy or certificate thereof
Step 3 - Pay $50.00 for a one (1) year license
Step 4 - Become a certified Commercial Applicator in one or more categories of pest control AND at least one of the certified applicators must have a minimum of two years practical experience under the supervision of a certified applicator. This experience shall have been acquired during the previous three-year period, and shall be related to the license classification at issue. This requirement applies to aerial applicators and the structural pest control industry (categories 7a, 7b, and 7c) only. Please provide verifiable proof of two years practical experience if application is for these categories of pest control.

Does the Delaware Department of Agriculture offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


DELAWARE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION

How do I become a Certified Delaware Pesticide Applicator?

Private Applicators must pass the core exam.

Commercial Applicators must pass the core exam and category exams. Delaware Commercial Applicators must also get a Delaware Pesticide Business License.

Where do I apply for my Delaware Pesticide Applicator Certification?

Follow the directions here in order to set up your online account.

Who administers the Delaware Pesticide Exams?

Exams are administered approximately every 45 days at the Agriculture Education Building at the Delaware State Fairgrounds:

644 Fairgrounds Road
Harrington, DE 19952.

The Ag Education Building is located near the Dover Building and Kent Pavilion.

How do I schedule my exam?

You must create a username in the Licensee Portal. You will then be sent an email that approves your request to access the portal. 

Where can I find reference materials for the Delaware Pesticide Applicator's Exam?

Reference materials can be found here.

What fees are associated with Delaware Pesticide Applicator Certification?

Exam Fees: $30

License Fees: N/A

Renewal Fees: $30


PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION RENEWALS

What are the continuing education requirements for Delaware pesticide applicators?

Commercial Applicators
1A Agricultural - 8 Hours

1B Agricultural Animal - 4 Hours
1C Fumigation of Soils/Ag Commodities - 4 Hours
02 Forest - 4 Hours
03 Ornamental & Turf - 8 Hours
04 Seed Treatment - 2 Hours
5A Aquatic - 4 Hours
5B Antifouling Paint - 0 Hours
06 Right-of-Way - 4 Hours

Industrial, Institutional, Structural & Health Related
7A General Pest Control - 18 Hours
7B Wood Destroying Pest Control - 18 Hours
7C Fumigation (Non-Agricultural) - 4 Hours
7D Wood Preservatives - 4 Hours
7E Institutional Maintenance - 18 Hours
7F Cooling Towers - 4 Hours
7G Miscellaneous - 4 Hours
08 Public Health - 4 Hours
09 Regulatory - 4 Hours
10 Demonstration and Research - 8 Hours

Are your Pesticide Applicator's continuing education courses state-approved?

Yes! All of our courses are approved by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Who submits my Pesticide Applicator's continuing education to Delaware?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your completed credits to the state for you.

How do I renew my Delaware Pesticide Applicator's Certification?

Notices for renewal are e-mailed and/or mailed out by no later than October 1 of each year. License renewals received after January 1 incur a late penalty fee of 20%.

My Delaware Pesticide Applicator's Certification expired, how do I get it reinstated?

You must have enough CE to renew or you will have to retake your examinations.

Is there a grace period for renewing my Pesticide Applicator's Certification?

License renewals received after January 1st incur a late penalty fee of 20%.

 

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