STATE REQUIREMENTS

Renewal Cycle: Commercial Applicators and Registered Technicians - Annually; Private Applicators and Public Certified Applicators - every three years

Renewal Deadline: Commercial Applicators and Public Certified Applicators - September 30; Private Applicators - March 31; Registered Technicians - February 28

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

Private Applicators – Must obtain six (6) training credits every three (3) years.

Commercial Applicators – Attend update training programs in core and appropriate category-specific topics. 6 core credits and up to 10 category credits per category.

 

Agronomic Crops (1) - 10 Credits
Fruit & Nuts (2) - 10 Credits
Vegetable Crops (3) - 10 Credits
Agricultural Animals (4) - 6 Credits
Forest Pest Control (5) - 8 Credits
Ornamental Shade Trees (6) - 10 Credits
Lawn & Turf (7) - 10 Credits
Seed Treatment (8) - 4 Credits
Aquatic Pest Control (9) - 4 Credits
Right-of-Way Weeds (10) - 8 Credits
Household & Health Related (11) - 10 Credits
Wood Destroying Pests (12) - 10 Credits
Structural Fumigation (13) - 6 Credits
Public Health - Vertebrate Pests (15) - 8 Credits
Public Health - Invertebrate Pests (16) - 8 Credits
Regulatory Pest Control (17) - 10 Credits
Demonstration & Research (18) - 10 Credits
Wood Preservation (19) - 4 Credits
Commodity and Space Fumigation (20) - 6 Credits
Soil Fumigation (21) - 4 Credits
Interior Plantscape (22) - 4 Credits
Park or School Pest Control (23) - 10 Credits
Swimming Pools (24) - 4 Credits
Aerial Applicator (25) - 10 Credits
Sewer Root Control (26) - 4 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Commercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 – Pass both the core ($50) and category ($10) examinations and be employed by a pesticide application business
  • Apply for certification with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture within 12months.

Private Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Step 2 - Complete Private Applicator Examination. Complete additional testing if using fumigant
Are your courses state approved?

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

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute will report your course completions for you!

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Pennsylvania have?

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Commercial Applicator – Necessary if:
    • Pesticide application will take place on property not owned or rented by applicator or employer.
    • Restricted use pesticides are being applied to property owned by applicator or employer but not applied to crops.
    • Pesticides are applied to apartments of 4 or more units, golf courses,
  • Private Applicator – Necessary if an individual’s plans to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for producing an agricultural commodity on land owned or rented by the individual or their employer.
What are the categories and subcategories for Pennsylvania pesticide licensing?

The State of Pennsylvania currently has 25 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.

Category 1 - Agronomic Crops
Category 2 - Fruit and Nuts
Category 3 - Vegetable Crops
Category 4 - Agricultural Animals
Category 5 - Forest Pest Control
Category 6 - Ornamental and Shade Trees
Category 8 - Lawn and Turf
Category 9 - Seed Treatment
Category 10 - Aquatic Pest Control
Category 11 - Right-of-Way and Weeds
Category 12 - Household and Health Related
Category 13 - Wood Destroying Pests
Category 14 - Structural Fumigation
Category 15 - Public Health – Vertebrate Pests
Category 16 - Public Health – Invertebrate Pests
Category 17 - Regulatory Pest Control
Category 18 - Demonstration and Research
Category 19 - Wood Preservation
Category 20 - Commodity and Space Fumigation
Category 21 - Soil Fumigation
Category 22 - Interior Plantscape
Category 23 - Park or School Pest Control
Category 24 - Swimming Pools
Category 25 - Aerial Applicator
Category 26 - Sewer Root Control

Does the State of Pennsylvania offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Pennsylvania offers reciprocity with Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Individuals seeking reciprocity must pay any fees and are required to attend recertification courses to maintain their certification in Pennsylvania.

How do I contact the state?

Visit their website or contact:

Jessica Lenker
Pesticide Certification& Education Specialist
Pesticide Application Certification and Examinations
Pesticide Registered Technician
Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry
Pesticide Business License & Insurance
Pesticide Dealer Licensing
(717) 772-5217
jeslenker@pa.gov

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