STATE REQUIREMENTS

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

Private Applicators –

Commercial Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Public Utility Applicators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Government Applicators –

  • Step 1 – Pass core exam and category specific exams with 80% or better
  • Step 2 – Complete an application form
  • Step 3 – Pay $60 application fee

Non-Commercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – Pass category-specific sections and core exam for restricted-use and general products with an 80% or better
  • Step 3 – Meet liability requirements
  • Step 4 – Complete an application form
  • Step 5 – Pay $55 license fee

Operators –

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years’ old
  • Step 2 – pass a department exam with a score of 80% or more
  • Step 3 – Attend a department training course
  • Step 4 – Receive training from a certified applicator.

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

  • Private Applicators have a 5-year renewal cycle. Applicators must obtain 6 continuing education credits before their license expires.
  • Commercial, Non-Commercial, Government, and Special Utility pesticide applicators and dealers must renew every 4 years. There are two ways to meet renewal requirements:
    1. Pass the complete licensing exam again.
    2. Obtain 12 hours of training in your license category before your license expires.

Renewal Cycle: 4 years

Renewal Deadline: Differs by category

Montana Pesticide Applicator Renewal Deadlines

12/31/18

Commercial
Aquatic Pest
Dealer
Forest Pest
Ornamental & Turf
Piscicide
Special Utility
Wood Treatment

Private
Region 1

12/31/19

Commercial
Demonstration & Research
Industrial, Structural, & Institutional
School IBM
Seed Treatment

Private
Region 2

12/31/20

Commercial
Aerial
Agricultural Pest
Mosquito Abatement
Agricultural Animal Pest
Other (Sewer Treatment)

Private
Region 3

12/31/21

Commercial
Agricultural Vertebrate Pest
M-44 Sodium Cyanide
Regulatory Rodent
Regulatory Weed
Right-of-Way Pest

Private
Region 4

12/31/22

Private
Region 5

More info on regions found here.

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Montana have?
  • Private Applicators – individuals who apply restricted use pesticides to their own crop, land, or leased lands.
  • Commercial Applicators – individuals who apply pesticides by aerial, ground, or hand equipment by contract or by hire. Pesticides may be applied to land, plants, seed, animals, water, structures, or vehicle.
  • Public Utility Applicators – individuals who apply pesticides to land owned or leased by public utilities. 
  • Government Operators – individuals who apply pesticides for city, county, or state or other government agency to public land or right-of-way or as public service. Government operators can only can only operate in their respective jurisdiction.
  • Non-Commercial Applicators – individuals who are not classified as commercial, public utility, governmental, or private applicators but use restricted-use pesticides.  Non-commercial applicators need to be classified into one of 11 categories and may use restricted-use pesticides on lands owned, rented, or leased by an employer or license holder. 
  • Operators – employees of licensed or certified applicators that do not hold a commercial license. Operators cannot apply pesticides more than 100 miles from the licensed applicator’s physical location. 
What are the categories and subcategories for Montana pesticide licensing?

The State of Montana currently has 23 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. 

Commercial

Category 21 - Aerial

Category 30 - Agricultural Plant Pest Control

Category 31 - Agricultural Animal Pest Control

Category 32 - Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control

Category 33 - Forest Pest Control

Category 34 - Ornamental and Turf Pest Control

Category 35 - Seed Treatment and Elevator Pest Control

Category 36 - Aquatic Pest Control

Category 37 - Right-of-Way, Rangeland, Pasture, and Non-crop Pest Control

Category 38 - Public Health Pest Control

Category 39 - Demonstration and Research

Category 40 - Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control

Category 41 - Wood Product Pest Control

Category 43 - Sodium Cyanide (M-44)

Category 44 - Special Utility

Category 45 - School IPM Pest Control

Category 46 - Piscicide Pest

Category 56 – Other

Government Applicator Categories

Category 50 - Mosquito Abatement

Category 51 - Predator

Category 54 - Rodent

Category 55 - Weed

Category 56 - Other (Sewer Treatment, Biocide, Ect.)

Does the State of Montana offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes, nonresidents must be licensed to apply pesticides in their state of residency and pass Montana’s Rules & Regulations exam.

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