MISSOURI PESTICIDE APPLICATOR GENERAL INFORMATION

State Licensing Contact Information

Phone: (573) 751-5504

Fax: (573) 751-0005

Web: Missouri Department of Agriculture

What kind of Missouri pesticide applicator's certification do I need?

Certified Commercial Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual, whether or not he is a private applicator with respect to some uses, who is certified by the director as authorized to use, supervise the use of, or determine the need for the use of, any pesticide, whether classified for restricted use or for general use, while engaged in the business of using pesticides on the lands of another as a direct service to the public in exchange for a fee or compensation.

Certified Noncommercial Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual, whether or not he is a private applicator with respect to some uses, who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use only on lands owned or rented by the applicator or their employer.

Certified Public Operators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use in the performance of their duties as an official or employee of any agency of the state of Missouri or any political subdivision thereof, or any other governmental agency.

Pesticide Dealers are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as any individual who is engaged in the business of distributing, selling, offering for sale, or holding for sale at retail, or direct wholesale to the end user, any pesticide classified for restricted use.

Pesticide Technicians are any individuals who use or determine the need for the use of pesticides, under the direct supervision of a certified commercial applicator, in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, General Structural Pest Control, or Termite Pest Control must be licensed as a pesticide technician.

Certified Private Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as any individual who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or their employer or on the property of another person, if used without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Missouri have?

  • Commercial Applicator
  • Noncommercial Applicator
  • Pesticide Dealer
  • Pesticide Technician
  • Private Applicator
  • Public Operator

What are the categories for pesticide licensing in Missouri?

  • Category 1A – Agricultural Plant Pest Control
  • Category 1B – Agricultural Animal Pest Control
  • Category 2 – Forest Pest Control
  • Category 3 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Control
  • Category 4 – Seed Treatment
  • Category 5 – Aquatic Pest Control
  • Category 5B – Sewer Root Control
  • Category 6 – Right-of-Way Pest Control
  • Category 7A – General Structural Pest Control
  • Category 7B – Termite Pest Control
  • Category 7C – Fumigation Pest Control
  • Category 8 – Public Health Pest Control
  • Category 9 – Regulatory Pest Control
  • Category 10 – Demonstration and Research Pest Control
  • Category 11 – Wood Product Pest Control

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

  • Kansas - all categories.
  • Nebraska - all categories.
  • Iowa - all categories.
  • Minnesota - all categories
  • Illinois - all categories
  • Nebraska - all categories
  • Arkansas - all categories except for ornamental and turf pest control and the structural pest control categories.
  • Louisiana - all categories except for the structural pest control categories.
  • Agricultural Aviation Board of Mississippi - Categories 1A, 2, 5, and 6.
  • Tennessee - Aerial only

 


MISSOURI PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION

What is needed to become a Missouri certified pesticide applicator?

Certified Commercial Applicator

  1. A completed Certified Applicator and Pesticide Dealer Application
  2. $50.00 license fee
  3. Evidence of financial responsibility, such as: an insurance certificate or surety bond.
  4. If the applicant is an out-of-state resident, the applicant must submit: Non Resident Agent Form
  5. If the applicant applies for a Certified Commercial Applicator license in Category 7A, Category 7B, or Category 7C, the applicant will be required to submit evidence of valid experience using pesticides (in these categories) while under the direct supervision of a Certified Commercial Applicator or evidence of having an Associates of Arts degree or its equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, or Entomology by submitting a copy of the degree or college transcript. The Verification of Structural Pesticide Application Experience Form should be used to attest valid experience.

Certified Noncommercial Applicator

  1. A $25.00 license fee
  2. A completed Certified Applicator and Pesticide Dealer Application
  3. If the applicant is an out-of-state resident, the applicant must submit: Non Resident Agent Form

Certified Public Operator

  1. A completed Certified Applicator and Pesticide Dealer Application
  2. If the applicant applies for a license in Category 7A, Category 7B, or Category 7C, the applicant must submit evidence of valid experience using pesticides (in these categories) or evidence of having an Associates of Arts degree or its equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, or Entomology by submitting a copy of the degree or college transcript. The Verification of Structural Pesticide Application Experience Form should be used to attest valid experience
  3. If the applicant is an out-of-state resident, the applicant must submit: Non Resident Agent Form
  4. No license fee is required. The license will be mailed automatically to the applicant upon receipt of all required application materials and passing the required examinations

Certified Private Applicators

  1. Complete the Certified Private Applicator Training Program provided by the University of Missouri Extension Office
  2. Complete Private Applicator Certification Training Verification Form
  3. No license fee is required

Pesticide Dealer

  1. Pass the Pesticide Dealer examination only. To learn more about the exam process or to register for an exam, click here.
  2. A $25.00 license fee
  3. A completed Certified Applicator and Pesticide Dealer Application
  4. If the applicant is an out-of-state resident, the applicant must submit: "Non Resident Agent Form

Pesticide Technician

  1. Within 45 days of hiring a person as a pesticide technician trainee:

Who administers the Missouri pesticide exam?

Pearson Vue

How do I schedule my Missouri pesticide exam?

Visit Pearson Vue or call (866) 221-6481

Where can I find reference materials for the Missouri pesticide exam?

University of Missouri Extension

Is the Missouri pesticide exam open book?

No

What fees are associated with Missouri pesticide applicator certification?

Certified Commercial Applicator
Exam Fees: $45
License Fees: $50
Renewal Fees: $50
Late Fees: 25 % of original fee

Certified Noncommercial Applicator
Exam Fees: $45
License Fees:$ 25
Late Fees: 25 % of original fee

Certified Public Operator
Exam Fees: 45

Pesticide Dealer
Exam Fees: $45
License Fees: $25
Late Fees: 25 % of original fee

Pesticide Technician
License Fees: $25
Late Fees: 25 % of original fee


MISSOURI PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION RENEWALS

What continuing is required to renew a Missouri pesticide applicator's license?

Certified Applicators and Operators are required by state law to renew their certification every 3 years. This may be accomplished by attending an approved recertification program or by re-examination.

How long is my Missouri pesticide applicator's certification valid?

Certified Commercial Applicator – 1 year

Certified Noncommercial Applicator – 1 year

Certified Public Operator – 3 years

Certified Private Applicators – 3 years

Pesticide Dealers – 1 year

Pesticide Technicians – 1 year

Is there a grace period for renewing my Missouri pesticide applicator's certification?

60 days. Licenses and certifications are canceled if not renewed before the expiration of the 60 day grace period.


WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD FAQS

How does it work?

  • $159 will train your whole staff for a year (up to 25 employees)
  • Training can be completed as often as needed for up to 25 employees.
  • Employees can watch the video course individually or all at once
  • Certificates will be available for each worker at the end of the course

Who is an Agricultural Worker?

An agricultural worker is anyone who works in a field that has been sprayed with pesticides within the last 30 days or does high-contact agricultural tasks such as weeding, moving irrigation equipment, pruning, and harvesting. Workers DO NOT handle pesticides.

Who is a Handler?

A handler is anyone who assists with applications, mixes, loads, or transfers pesticides into application equipment, cleans repairs, or maintains application equipment, works on equipment that has been used to mix, load, or apply, disposes of pesticides or materials with pesticides on them, acts as a flagger, performs tasks as a crop adviser, or applies pesticides.

Which establishments are required to provide Worker Protection Standard Training?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) applies to all establishments involved in growing, producing, or maintaining for sale agricultural plants (including ornamental plants).
This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Nurseries, garden centers, or other similar operations where plants are maintained for sale (retail or wholesale).
  • All Crop producing farms. 
  • Dairy farms that produce hay for cattle.
  • Forestry Operations
  • Golf courses that produce their own sod
  • Public park operations that produce their own plants
  • Prisons that have "Prison Farms" where agricultural plants are produced and the prisoners are employed as workers or handlers. 
  • The WPS also applies to any establishment operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment that applies WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural establishments or provides crop advising services for an agricultural establishment.

Which pesticide applicators are covered by the WPS?

Most establishments covered by the WPS are crop producing such as farms, forest operations or nurseries. WPS also covers family owned agricultural operations even if only family members handle and work around pesticides. Essentially, WPS applies to any entity that grows, maintains or produces agricultural plants.

The following facilities or operations that are not generally recognized as traditional agricultural production establishments are covered by the rule if they use WPS-labeled pesticide products:

  • Nurseries, garden centers or other similar operations
  • Dairy farms if they produce hay for cattle feed.
  • Golf courses that produce sod or ornamentals for their course
  • Public parks or privately-held ornamental garden operations that produce ornamental plants
  • Theme parks, hotels, or other entertainment operations that produce ornamentals for their locations
  • Prisons that have “prison farms” where plants are produced by employed prisoners
  • University extension agricultural research facilities that conduct research on agricultural plants
  • Educational classes or vocational agriculture programs where plant production is completed by students and students receive compensation or reduced tuition
  • Pine straw harvesting/production operations.
  • Government-owned or managed agricultural operations.

The WPS also applies to any entity operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment applying or advising the application of WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural commodities.

What does Worker Protection Standard require?

Educate
All employers must provide EPA approved pesticide training for workers and handlers. Employers must also provide access to specific information including: applications on the establishment, safety data sheets for pesticides applied on establishment, and display a poster with pesticide safety and emergency information. 

Caution
Employers must keep workers and others out of areas where pesticides are being applied and away from equipment during applications. Handlers must stop application if workers or others are near equipment during applications. Workers must stay out of areas that are under a restricted-entry interval (REI). All early-entry workers on the job in in pesticide-treated areas during REI must be trained in the correct usage of personal protective equipment. Any handlers using highly toxic pesticides must be monitored. Personal protective equipment must be provided and monitored by employers. 

Mitigate
The Worker Protection Standard course will train handlers and workers on supply decontamination and emergency assistance including transportation in the case of a pesticide-related accident.

More information on the requirements and how to comply can be found herehttps://goo.gl/bjfk8K

When is Worker Protection Standard required?

As of January 2nd, 2017 employers are required to train workers and handlers annually before pesticide application.

What has changed with Worker Protection Standards?

  • Full Training for Workers and Handlers is now required annually (Every year).
  • No grace period for training. Workers must be trained before they work in an area where pesticide has been used or an REI has been in effect in the past 30 days.
  • Handlers are no longer able to be the qualified person available during the training.
  • Expanded training content requirements.
  • Establishments must keep records of training for 2 years and provide records to Workers and Handlers if requested.
  • Handlers and early entry workers must be at least 18 years old. 

Which Pesticides are included under Worker Protection Standards?

The Worker Protection Standard covers both general and restricted use pesticide that are used in the production of agricultural plants, these products will generally have an "Agricultural Use Requirements" section on the product label. The WPS applies whenever a pesticide is used in the production of agricultural plants on an agricultural establishment that has an “Agricultural Use Requirements” section on the product label.

How can I contact the EPA with Worker Protection Standard questions?

Mike Goodis
goodis.michael@epa.gov
703-308-8157

Who is required to complete WPS training?

Employers at agricultural establishments and commercial pesticide handling establishments such as farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.


CORE EXAM PREP FAQS

What do I have to know to pass the Core Applicator Exam?

  • Up-to-date pest management information and your responsibilities as an applicator
  • Six general pest management methods, and their application
  • “Integrated Pest Management (IPM)” solutions defined
  • Simplified federal pesticide laws and regulations that you will understand
  • “Restricted use” vs. “general use” pesticides
  • Learn to build an organized record keeping system
  • Pesticide label explanations for proper identification and use
  • Understand pesticide formulation and its effects
  • Common abbreviations for pesticide formulations. (e.g., WP or RUP)
  • Typical symptoms of pesticide exposure in humans and harmful effects
  • Hazard level classification including corresponding signal words
  • Complete guide to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Clear understanding of environmental effects of pesticides
  • Proper transportation, storage and security of pesticides
  • Emergency response and how to react
  • Choosing the proper pesticide and correct application procedures
  • Practice exam to test your knowledge

Who should take this online video course?

Anyone who is preparing to become a commercial or private pesticide applicator, and plans on taking the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Exam. This course will give you everything you need to know to pass the exam on your first try. It is also an awesome tool for pesticide applicators who would like to refresh their knowledge or need to complete CEUs.

*Please check with your state for current continuing education requirements.

This is the most thorough online pesticide exam prep available!

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