IDAHO PESTICIDE APPLICATOR GENERAL INFORMATION

State Contact information for licensing questions

Phone: (208) 332-8600

Fax: (208) 334-2170

Email: info@isda.idaho.gov

Web: Idaho Department of Agriculture

What kind of Idaho Pesticide Applicator's Certification do I need?

Private Applicator-Private Applicators use or supervise the use of agricultural chemicals to produce agricultural commodities or forest crops on land owned or operated by the Private Applicator or his employer.

Professional Applicator- Professional Applicators apply or supervise, on site, the application of pesticides on the land or property of another for compensation OR apply pesticides or fertilizers through irrigation systems on the land or property of another for compensation OR offer or supply technical advice or recommendations regarding the use of agricultural pesticides.

For commercial applicators – minimum and maximum categories allowed.

What classifications and categories of applicator's certification does Idaho have?

The Idaho Plant Board recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Private Applicators – an individual who applies or supervises the application of any restricted use pesticides on agricultural commodities on property owned or rented without compensation.
    • RU Category: individuals who apply or supervise the application of restricted-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities or forest crops on land owned by themselves or their employer
    • CH Category: individuals who apply pesticides or fertilizers through irrigation systems they own or their employer owns.
    • SF Category: individuals who apply fumigation chemicals to soils by application methods including Chemigation
  • Professional Applicators – apply or supervise the application of pesticides on land or property of another for compensation or apply pesticides/fertilizers through irrigation systems on another individual’s land for compensation or offer/supply technical advice/recommendations regarding the use of agricultural pesticides.
    • LS – Law and Safety This exam covers general knowledge of pesticides, their use and disposal, first aid, labeling and laws. Recommended study material: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual.
      AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES
    • *AH – Agricultural Herbicide - Certification in this category allows for herbicide applications in agricultural fields, rights-of-way, forests and rangelands. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Agriculture Herbicide Study Manual, Thirty Common Agricultural Weeds in Idaho, and Agricultural Weed Management Principles.
    • *AI – Agricultural Insecticide/Fungicide - Certification in this category allows for insecticide/fungicide applications in agricultural fields, rights-of-way, forests and rangelands. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Agricultural Insect & Plant Disease Manual, and Introduction to Insect & Disease Management.
    • CH – Chemigation - For applying chemicals through an irrigation system – except for aquatic pest control applications (For aquatic pest control, the AP Category is required). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Chemigation Educational Materials.
    • CP – Commodity Pest Control - For controlling pests in stored commodities such as grain, seeds or wood. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Stored Grain Pest Control.
    • *LP – Livestock Pest Control - For treating cattle, sheep or other livestock. Recommended Study Materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Agricultural Insect & Plant Disease Manual, and Livestock Pests Study Guide.
    • PC – Potato Cellar Pest Control - For persons who apply sprout inhibitors in potato cellars. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual.
    • RC – Rodent Control - For rodent districts, and others, controlling field rodents. Certification in the General Pest Control Category shall exempt the applicant from the need to certify in this category. Suggested study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, General Vertebrate Study Packet, Study Manual for Pest Management Professionals, and Animal Damage Control.
    • *SF – Soil Fumigation - Certification in this category allows for applying fumigation chemicals to soils by all application methods including professional Chemigation. Recommended study material: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Soil Fumigation Manual.
    • ST – Seed Treatment - For persons doing treatments to protect seeds used for plant reproduction (does not cover fumigation treatments, must have the CP Category). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Seed Treatment.
    • SW – Statewide Consultant - For persons who consult or recommend the use of pesticide products in agricultural or forest situations. This is not an applicator category unless accompanied by the Demonstration and Research Category or other specific categories. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Agriculture Herbicide Study Manual, Agricultural Insect & Plant Disease Manual, Agricultural Weed Management Principles, Animal Damage Control, General Vertebrate Study Packet, Introduction to Insect & Disease Management, Livestock Pests Study Guide, Soil Fumigation, Stored Grain Pests Control, and Thirty Common Agricultural Weeds of Idaho.
    • DR – Demonstration and Research (A person is only eligible to license in this category by passing the SW examination) - For persons who apply or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides at no charge to demonstrate the action of the pesticide or conduct research with restricted use pesticides. Recommended study materials: See SW (Statewide Consultants Category).

      RESIDENTIAL/URBAN CATEGORIES:

    • AP – Aquatic Pest Control - For irrigation districts, canal companies and others controlling pests on aquatic sites. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Aquatic Pest Control, and Sewer Line Root Control
    • *GP – General Pest Control Operator (PCO) - For controlling pests in and around residential, commercial or other buildings, excluding structural destroying pests (structural destroying pest control requires the SP Category). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Study Manual for Pest Management Professionals.
    • *OH – Ornamental Herbicide - For persons doing outside urban or residential herbicide applications, with the exception of soil sterilant applications (soil sterilants require the RW or AH Category). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Thirty Common Ornamental Weeds in Idaho, and Turf & Ornamental Weed Management Principles.
    • *OI – Ornamental Insecticide/Fungicide - For persons doing outside urban or residential insecticide and fungicide applications, including exterior applications to residential, urban or commercial buildings, excluding structural destroying pests (structural destroying pest control requires the SP Category). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Introduction to Insect & Disease Mgmt.
    • *PH – Public Health Pest Control - For mosquito abatement districts and others controlling public health pests. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Public Health Pest Control.
    • *RW – Right-of-Way Herbicide - For railroads, highway departments and others controlling roadside weeds on public lands (non-crop). An applicator’s certification in the Agricultural Herbicide (AH) category shall satisfy the requirement to certify in this category. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, Agriculture Herbicide Study Manual, Agricultural Weed Management Principles, Thirty Common Right-of-Way Weeds in Idaho.
    • *SP – Structural Destroying Pests - For persons controlling wood destroying pests in pre-existing structures such as houses, bridges, buildings or other like structures. Does not include wood treatment with preservatives such as CCA, Penta or other chemicals (wood preservative applications require the WP Category). Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Study Manual for Pest Management Professionals.
    • WP – Wood Preservative - For persons applying wood preservatives. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Wood Preservation. GOVERNMENT
    • *FE – Forest Environment - Primarily for US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management personnel, contractors, and private industry personnel who control pests on forests and rangelands. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual and Forest Environment Pesticide Study Manual.
    • GV – General Vertebrate Control - For US Wildlife Services and Plant Health Inspection Service controlling vertebrates, such as rodents, predators, and birds. Recommended study materials: The Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual, General Vertebrate Study Packet, and Animal Damage Control.

Does my company need a separate Pesticide Applicator's Certification?

No

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

Yes

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

Yes

Does the state of Idaho offer Pesticide Applicator reciprocity with other states?

Yes: reciprocity is shared with Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming


IDAHO PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION

How do I become a Certified Idaho Pesticide Applicator?

Private Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Pass the closed book exam with a score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 – Complete an ISDA license application
  • Step 3 – Pay the fee for the desired categories
    • $10 for the RU Category
    • $20 for the CH Category
    • $30 for RU and CH Categories

Professional Applicator License –

  • Step 1 – Pass the closed book exam with a score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 – Complete ISDA Professional Applicator license application.
  • Step 3 - Provide proof of financial responsibility.
  • Step 4 - Pay the $120 licensing fee.

Dealer License –

  • Step 1 – Pass the closed book exam with a score of 70% or higher. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 – Complete the ISDA license application
  • Step 3 – Pay the $100 license fee for the two-year licensing period

Who administers the Idaho Pesticide Exam?

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

How do I schedule my Idaho Pesticide Exam?

Go online to the ISDA

Is the exam open book?

No

What fees are associated with Idaho Pesticide Applicator Certification?

Exam Fees: $10

License Fees: $120

Late Fees: $0


IDAHO PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION RENEWALS

How do I renew my Idaho pesticide applicator license?

Idaho applicators must renew their license every two years by completing the state-required continuing education, completing a renewal application, and paying appropriate fees. License renewal applications will be mailed to you by the Idaho Department of Agriculture approximately 45 days before your expiration date.

Private Applicators

  1. Complete 6 hours continuing education
  2. Complete the renewal application provided by the ISDA
  3. Pay the appropriate fees
    • $10 RU Category
    • $20 Chemigation Category
    • $30 for both categories
  4. Photocopy the front and back of your license, showing your signature and the appropriate recertification credits.

Professional Applicators

  1. Complete 15-hours of continuing education
  2. Complete the renewal application provided by the ISDA
  3. Pay the $120 licensing fee
  4. Photocopy the front and back of your license, showing your signature and the appropriate recertification credits
  5. Provide proof of financial responsibility
    *Professional applicators who do not apply pesticides may submit an exception from responsibility form.

How long is my Idaho Pesticide Applicator Certification valid?

Certifications are valid for two years. When you renew depends on your last name:

ODD YEARS:

A-D: March

E-H: July

I-L: October

EVEN YEARS:

M-P: March

Q-T: July

U-Z: October

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

You submit your own continuing education.

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.

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

You must re-apply and retake your required examinations.

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

No

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