State Licensing Contact Information

Phone: (662) 325-3390

Mailing Address:
Bureau of Plant Industry
P.O. Box 5207
Mississippi State, MS  39762

Web: Bureau of Plant Industry

What pesticide application activities require a license in Mississippi?

Anyone who applies a pesticide, either restricted use or general use, and advertises or collects a fee for the application.

What classifications of applicator licensing does Mississippi have?

Private Applicator Certification – Private applicators use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on their own land, leased or rented land, or on the lands of their employers.

Commercial Applicator Certification – Commercial applicators use or supervise the use of pesticides for purposes other than those covered under a private applicator certification.

The certificate does not allow a person to advertise or solicit business as a pesticide applicator. A person must be licensed in the area of work being performed to advertise or solicit business.

What are the categories for Mississippi pesticide applicator licensing?

The State of Mississippi currently has the following categories and subcategories for commercial applicator certification.

Category I(A): Agricultural Pest Control (Plant)
Category I(B): Agricultural Pest Control (Animal)
Category II: Forest Pest Control
Category III: Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
Category IV: Seed Treatment
Category V: Aquatic Pest Control
Category VI: Right-of-Way Pest Control
Category VII(A): Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control
Category VII(B): Fumigation
Category VII(3): Industrial Weed Control
Category VIII: Public Health Pest Control
Category IX: Regulatory Pest Control
Category X: Demonstration and Research Pest Control
Category XI: Aerial Application
Category XII: Wood Preservation and Wood Products Treatment
Category XIII: Antifoulant Paint
Category XIV: Metam Sodium

Commercial applicators must pass a written examination on the core standards and a least one of these categories before they receive certification. Click here for more information.

Does the state of Mississippi offer pesticide applicator reciprocity with other states?

Yes. Mississippi reciprocates with other states with commercial certification. Complete a reciprocity form from the Bureau of Plant Industry and attach a copy of the front and back of your commercial certification card from the other state. Mississippi does not reciprocate licensing from other states.


How do I become a Mississippi certified pesticide applicator?

Commercial Applicators Certification –

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 – Pass the General Standards exam and one category exam. Click here for more information about our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 3

Private Applicator Certification:

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years or older
  • Step 2 – Complete an application form
  • Step 3 – Pass the certification test. Click here for more information about our Exam Prep Course!

What types of questions are on the Mississippi applicator exams?

All exam questions are either multiple choice or true and false. Some exams will require a calculator.

What is a passing score for the Mississippi pesticide applicator exams?



What continuing education is required to renew a Mississippi pesticide applicator certification?

Private Applicator licenses must be renewed every 5 years, commercial licenses must be renewed every 3.  Individuals seeking renewal must attend a training course during the 12 months prior to the expiration of their license.

Are your Mississippi pesticide applicator continuing education courses state-approved?

Yes! All our courses are approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, Office of Pest Management.

How long is my Mississippi pesticide applicator certification valid?

Private Applicators: 5 years

Commercial Applicators: 3 years


What is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)?

The CCA certification was established by the American Society of Agronomy in 1992 to provide a benchmark for practicing agronomy professionals in the United States and Canada.

Who should become a Certified Crop Adviser?

Any adviser/consultant that spends the majority of their time advising growers or farm managers/operators on agronomic practices and can meet the standards of the program. Being certified adds credibility and shows that you are serious about what you do.

How do I become a Certified Crop Adviser?

  1. Pass two exams (International and Local Board)
  2. Meet the experience requirements
  3. Apply for the CCA Credential

What are the minimum experience requirements for becoming a Certified Crop Adviser?

  • Have at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field
    (Please keep in mind that University degrees and transcripts must be in English and based on the United States educational standard. If you need assistance in the translation process, you may use Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services)
    *The number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%

  • Have at least three years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field
  • Have at least four years of experience with no degree

How do I apply to become a Certified Crop Adviser?

  1. Document education and crop advising experience (Including transcripts and supporting references)
  2. Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (Included in application)

Once I become a Certified Crop Adviser, how do I maintain my certification?

  1. Earn 40 hours of continuing education units every 2 years
  2. Pay an annual renewal fee

Are your continuing education courses approved for CCA CEU Credit by the American Society of Agronomy?

Yes, many of our courses are approved by the American Society of Agronomy Board. On the state pages, the approved courses description will say “Approved for Certified Crop Adviser Credit”.

As a Certified Crop Adviser, am I required to take continuing education units in certain areas or topics?

Yes, the continuing education units you complete must fall within certain topic guidelines. The topic breakdown is as follows:

In each two year cycle, a CCA must complete a minimum of 5 CEUs in each of the 4 categories. The categories are Nutrient Management, Soil and Water Management, Pest Management, and Crop Management.

At least 20 of the 40 total CEUs must be board approved.

Can I use your courses for credit for CCA continuing education requirements as well as my state licensing re-certification requirements?

Yes, absolutely! Any course that is approved for Certified Crop Adviser Credit can also be used for state pesticide applicator continuing education credits.