What classifications of applicator's licensing does Illinois have?

The Illinois 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.
  • Commercial Applicators – Individuals who purchase, use, or supervise the use of pesticides classified for general or restricted use for compensation.
  • Commercial Not-for-Hire Applicator Licenses – Individuals who use or supervise the use of pesticides classified for General of Restricted Use for any purposes on the property of their employer when the application is a requirement for employment.
  • Pesticide Dealer License – An individual selling Restricted Use pesticides.

Does the State of Illinois offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, Illinois offers reciprocity with individuals who hold an applicator license and can pass the closed book examination.  Individuals must fill out the Reciprocity Request Form.

What are the categories and subcategories for Illinois pesticide licensing?

The State of Illinois 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. For more information about the categories click here.

  • Aquatic Pest Control
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Field Crop Pest Control
  • Forest Pest Control
  • Fruit Crop Pest Control
  • Grain Facility Pest Control
  • Livestock Pest Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Ornamental Pest Control
  • Plant Management Pest Control
  • Regulatory Pest Control
  • Right-of-Way Pest Control
  • Sewer Line Root Control
  • Soil Fumigation
  • Seed Treatment
  • Soil Fumigation
  • Turf Pest Control
  • Vegetable Crop Pest Contro

How do I get my Illinois pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Pass the 100 question general standards with 70% or better. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 - Pass on or more 50 question Category exams with 35 or more correct.
  • Step 3 – Complete the license application that will arrive in the mail.
  • Step 4 – Send the completed license application and the $30 fee to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within 90 days.

Commercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Pass the 100 question general standards with 70% or better. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 - Pass on or more 50 question Category exams with 35 or more correct.
  • Step 3 – Complete the license application that will arrive in the mail.
  • Step 4 – Send the completed license application and the $60 fee to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within 90 days.

Commercial Not-for-Hire Applicator Licenses –

  • Step 1 – Pass the 100 question general standards with 70% or better. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 - Pass on or more 50 question Category exams with 35 or more correct.
  • Step 3 – Complete the license application that will arrive in the mail.
  • Step 4 – Send the completed license application and the $20 fee to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within 90 days.

Pesticide Dealer License –

  • Step 1 – Pass the 100 question general standards with 70% or better. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.
  • Step 2 - Pass on or more 50 question Category exams with 35 or more correct.
  • Step 3 – Complete the license application that will arrive in the mail.
  • Step 4 – Send the completed license application and the $100 fee to the Illinois Department of Agriculture within 90 days. 

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Illinois pesticide applicators license?

No, the state of Illinois requires applicators to retake an exam every three years. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course.

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