INDIANA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR GENERAL INFORMATION
State contact information for licensing questions
Phone: (765) 494-1492
Fax: (765) 494-4331
What pesticide application activities require a license in Indiana?
Certification of commercial applicators in Indiana is a legal requirement for anyone who applies any pesticide (herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, rodenticide, etc.) including over-the-counter and restricted-use products:
- to someone else’s property as a for-hire service;
- to school property (public and non-public);
- to golf courses (public and private); and/or
- for area-wide mosquito control.
Commercial applicator certification is also required for anyone who applies restricted-use pesticides only:
- on the property of their employer as a function of their job; and/or
- as an employee of a state or local governmental agency.
Certification is also required for anyone who applies agricultural fertilizers commercially, applies lawn fertilizers commercially, or who inspects structures for wood-damaging pests.
There is an exception to the two-step (Core and category) certification process for certain commercial applicators. Certification in Categories 12 and 14 does NOT require the applicant to take the Core examination. (Certification in Category 13 requires a Core examination only.)
Certification as a commercial, for-hire lawn care applicator (Category 3b) or as a commercial, for-hire termite control operator (Category 7b) requires Core and category examinations, plus documentation of work-related experience. Generally, for-hire Category 3b and 7b applicators meet their work experience by attending a multi-day, hands-on workshop sponsored by Purdue Pesticide Programs. Contact Purdue Pesticide Programs at 765-494-4566 for more information about the lawn care and termite control workshops (and about select waivers to workshop attendance). Applicants may also download a lawn care or termite control workshop registration application form. (Online registration is available at The Education Store.)
Not all pesticide applicators in commercial settings need to be certified. Non-certified applicators may work under the direct on-site supervision of a certified applicator. Or, non-certified applicators may become registered technicians by passing the Core exam. Registered technicians can perform every application for which their supervisor is certified, and the supervisor need not be physically present.
What are the applicator categories for Indiana Pesticide Applicators?
Category 1 - Agricultural Pest Management
Category 2 - Forest Pest Management
Category 3a - Ornamental Pest Management
Category 3b - Turf Management
Category 4 - Seed Treatment
Category 5 - Aquatic Pest management
Category 6 - Industrial Weed Management
Category 7a - Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health-Related Pest Management
Category 7b - Termite Control
Category 7d - Fumigation
Category 8 - Community-Wide Mosquito Control
Category 11 - Aerial Application
Category 12 - Wood Destroying Pest Inspection
Category 13 - Limited Certification
Category 14 - Agricultural Fertilizer Application
Category RT - Registered Technician
Does my company need a separate Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
Yes. In order to qualify for this license you must:
- Employ at least one certified pesticide applicator.
- Submit a completed application form for the business and each applicator and technician.
- Submit annual fees of $45.00 for the business and $45.00 for each certified applicator and registered technician.
- Submit a certificate of insurance.
Do all of my employees need their own Indiana Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
Do I need an Indiana Pesticide Applicator's Certification to apply general use pesticides for hire?
A Private Pesticide Applicator is anyone who applies pesticides to property they own, rent or otherwise control for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity. Any private applicator wishing to buy and use restricted-use pesticides must be certified by passing the Core exam.
A Private Fertilizer Applicator is anyone who applies manure from a Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) to property they own, rent or otherwise control for purposes of producing an agricultural commodity. Any private applicator wishing to use (apply, handle, transport) manure from a CFO must be certified by passing the Category 14 Agricultural Fertilizer exam.
Does Indiana offer reciprocity for pesticide applicators?
Yes, reciprocity differs by category type, view a full list of reciprocal categories here.
INDIANA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION
How do I become a certified Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator?
- Pass the written Core Exam
- Pass the appropriate Category exams.
*If you will be applying pesticides or fertilizers to lawns for hire you must pass the Core and Category B exams as well as, meeting the experience requirements.
- Complete a state chemist-approved multi-day training. Contact Purdue Pesticide programs 765-494-4566 or visit the program brochure to meet this requirement.
- work as an active Registered Technician for at least 90 days OR
- work as a licensed applicator in any category for at least one year OR
- complete a formal post-high school, two-year minimum turf program and submit your transcripts to the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC)
NOTE: No exam may be attempted more than three (3) times in any twelve (12) month period. The twelve (12) month period shall commence on the date of the first examination failure occurs.
Who administers the Indiana Pesticide Exam?
The Indiana State Chemist
How do I schedule my Indiana Pesticide Exam?
Exams are available free of charge at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Contact the Office of Indiana State Chemist at 765-494-9563 for examination dates and to register for exams in West Lafayette. Exams are also available, for a fee, at select IvyTech Learning Centers around the state. Click here to learn more about and to register for exams at these Learning Centers.
Where can I find reference materials for the Indiana Pesticide Exam?
For reference materials, visit the Purdue Book Store Online.
Is the Indiana Pesticide Exam open book?
What fees are associated with Indiana Pesticide Applicator Certification?
Exam Fees: 3 Options before taking Exam
- Training w/ exam at the end- $60 + $30 Core Manual
- Online Course: $110 + $30 Core Manual
- Studying with only Manuals- $30 Core Manual
License Fees: $20
Renewal Fees: $20
Late Fees: $40
INDIANA PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION RENEWALS
How many continuing certification hours (CCH) are required to renew my Indiana pesticide applicator license?
Yes, requirements differ by license type
Category 1 - Agricultural Pest Management - 20 CCH
Category 2 - Forest Pest Management - 10 CCH
Category 3a - Ornamental Pest Management - 15 CCH
Category 3b - Turf Management - 20 CCH
Category 4 - Seed Treatment - 10 CCH
Category 5 - Aquatic Pest Management - 15 CCH
Category 6 - Industrial Weed Management - 15 CCH
Category 7a - Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health-Related Pest Management - 20 CCH
Category 7b - Termite Control - 15 CCH
Category 7d - Fumigation - 20 CCH
Category 8 - Community-Wide Mosquito Control - 15 CCH
Category 11 - Aerial Application - 20 CCH
Category 12 - Wood Destroying Pest Inspection - 10 CCH
Category 13 - Limited Certification - 10 CCH
Category 14 - Agricultural Fertilizer Application - 3 CCH
Category RT - Registered Technician - 8 CCH
Who submits my continuing education to the state?
You will need to submit your own continuing education to the state.
How do I renew my Indiana Pesticide Applicator's Certification?
- Complete the Renewal Letter that comes in October
- Complete the correct amount of CCH
- Send both to State
How long is my Indiana Pesticide Applicator's Certification valid?
My Indiana Pesticide Applicator's Certification expired, how do I get it reinstated?
If a commercial license is expired but their certification is still in good standing then the applicator needs to do is submit a new application along with any fees that maybe required.
If a private applicators license is expired and they did not earn the necessary points to be renewed then they will need to retake the Core exam. If they earned the needed points, then again all we need is a new application with a check for $20.
When does my Indiana Commercial Pesticide Certification expire?
December 31st of every year.