GEORGIA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR GENERAL INFORMATION
Georgia State Licensing Contact Information
What pesticide application activities require a license in Georgia?
An individual must obtain the appropriate type of pesticide applicator license in order to purchase, use, or supervise the use of a restricted use pesticide, or any general use or restricted use pesticide when providing pesticide applications for a fee.
What kind of Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification do I need?
Private Applicator – In order to purchase, use, or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide on your property or the property of your employer, while engaged in the production of an agricultural commodity, a Private Applicator License is the appropriate license to obtain.
Commercial Applicator – When not engaged in the production of an agricultural commodity, a Commercial Applicator License in the appropriate category is required to purchase, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides on your property or the property of your employer. In order to provide pesticide applications of any type of pesticide, whether general use or restricted use, to the property of another person, and collect a fee for these services, both a Commercial Applicator License and a Pesticide Contractor License are required.
What classifications of applicator's licensing does Georgia have?
- Private Applicator License – needed to purchase, use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide on your property or the property of your employer while engaged in the production of an agricultural commodity.
- Commercial Applicator License – needed to purchase, use, or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides on your property or the property of your employer while not engaged in the production of an agricultural commodity.
- Pesticide Contractor – any individual or company that engages in the business of applying any pesticide to the lands of another and receives monetary compensation for those applications. There is no fee for Private Applicator.
A Commercial Applicator License and a Pesticide Contractor License are necessary in order to provide pesticide applications of any kind to the property of another person if you will be collecting a fee for the application.
What are the categories and subcategories for Georgia pesticide licensing?
The State of Georgia currently has 18 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. Click here for a description of each classification.
Category 10 - Private Applicators
Category 21 - Agricultural Plant Pest Control
Category 22 - Agricultural Animal Pest Control
Category 23 - Forest Pest Control
Category 24 - Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
Category 25 - Seed Treatment
Category 26 - Aquatic Pest Control
Category 27 - Right-of-Way Pest Control
Category 31 - Public Health Pest Control – Government Employees
Category 32 - Regulatory Pest Control
Category 33 - Demonstration and Research Pest Control
Category 34 - Arial Methods
Category 35 - Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control
Category 36 - Wood Treatment
Category 37 - Antimicrobial Pest Control
Category 38 - Agricultural Commodity Fumigation
Category 40 - Worker Protection Standard
Category 41 - Commercial Mosquito Control
Does my company need a separate Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
Yes. This is called a Georgia Pesticide Contractor's License.
Each business office/location must have a Contractor's license and at least one certified commercial pesticide applicator employed at the location.
To obtain a contractor's license, The Georgia Pesticide Contactor's Application should be completed. This form can be assessed here.
In order for the Georgia Pesticide Contractor's Application to be processed, an S&V document, verifying that you are lawful to work in the United States, is required. The document is located here.
Send ALL completed forms, along with a check or money order, for $55, made payable to the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
The address is:
Georgia Department of Agriculture
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Once the forms are processed, your Pesticide Contractors license will be sent to you in the mail.
Do all of my employees need their own Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
Do I need a Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification to apply general use pesticides for hire?
Does the state of Georgia offer Pesticide Applicator reciprocity with other states?
Yes! Georgia’s reciprocal agreement with other states allows for Georgia licenses to be renewed based on your satisfying the other state’s re-certification requirements. It is your responsibility to notify the State of Georgia within 90 days of the expiration of your license if these requirements are met. The Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program reciprocates Commercial Pesticide Licenses with states with an EPA pesticide program if the license category concurs with the State of Georgia.
GEORGIA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION
How do I become a Certified Georgia Pesticide Applicator?
Private Applicators –
- Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years old
- Step 2 - Complete necessary training for a license.
- Step 3 - Send training documentation to the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division for processing, and your license will be printed and mailed to you.
- Step 4 - Call the County Agent at (404) 656-4958. They will call the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division to obtain a temporary license number immediately once you complete the training exercise. Your temporary license will enable you to use restricted pesticides on your property or your employer’s property until your official license arrives in the mail.
Commercial Applicators –
- Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years old
- Step 2 - Pass the commercial applicator examination provided by the Georgia Technical Colleges. Click here for more information about our Exam Prep Course!
- Step 3 - Once you pass the $45 exam, you will need to mail a check or money order of $90 to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. You must pass the general standards examination as well as at least one major category with a score of 70%.
- Step 4 - Your license will be mailed to you within 2 weeks if all required documents and fees are submitted.
Contractor Pesticide Applicators –
- Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
- Step 2 – You must have a valid Commercial Applicator License
- Step 3 – Obtain ‘Certification of Financial Responsibility’. The Certification of Financial Responsibility is a form of liability insurance. The certification can be obtained through most commercial insurance providers.
- Step 4 – Once insurance has been obtained complete the Georgia Pesticide Contractor License Application and send it with proof of insurance and a $55 application fee to the address on the form.
- Step 5 – Your Pesticide Applicator License will arrive in the mail within a few weeks. The license is valid for one year.
Who administers the Georgia Pesticide Exams?
How do I schedule my Georgia Pesticide Exam?
Go online to Georgia Pest Exam to schedule.
Where can I find reference materials for the Georgia Pesticide Exam?
Reference materials can be found here.
Is the Georgia Pesticide Exam open book?
What fees are associated with Georgia Pesticide Applicator Certification?
Exam Fees: $45
License Fees: $90
Renewal Fees: $90
Late Fees: If passed expiration: add 50% of original cost.
PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION RENEWALS
What continuing education is required to renew a Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
- Option 1 – Take the commercial applicator’s exam again or participate in private applicator training again.
- Option 2 – Accumulate the required re-certification credit hours during your five-year license period.
- Private applicators need three recertification hours to renew.
- Commercial applicators need either six or ten recertification hours per licensed category to renew.
6 Credit Categories
Forest Pest Control
Aquatic Pest Control
Industrial Structure & Health
10 Credit Categories
Ornamental & Turf
When do re-certification hours need to be received by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division office?
All re-certification hours must be received by the Georgia Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division office 90 days prior to your license expiration. Applicator Licenses must be renewed every year.
Who submits my continuing education to the state?
Certified Training Institute will submit continuing education to the state of Georgia weekly.
How do I renew my Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
Applicators must submit their continuing education to the state of Georgia at least 90 days prior to the expiration of their license. The state of Georgia will mail a renewal notice to all licensed pesticide applicators approximately 90 days prior to license expiration. Continuing education certificates can be sent to:
Georgia Department of Agriculture Agricultural Inputs - Pesticide Section 19 M.L.K. Jr. Drive, Room 410
Are your Pesticide Applicator's continuing education courses state-approved?
Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.
How long is my Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification valid?
My Georgia Pesticide Applicator Certification expired, how do I get it reinstated?
In order to get your certification reinstated, you must re-take the training course.
Is there a grace period for renewing my Georgia Pesticide Applicator's Certification?