State Requirements

Do I need to continuing education credits to maintain my West Virgina pesticide applicator license?

Yes!

  • Private Applicators must complete 5 hours of continuing education (10 credits) every three years by December 31st.
  • Commercial & Certified Public Applicators - 10 hours (20 credits) in each category listed on the Applicator's license, every three years by December 31st.
  • Registered Technicians - 2 hours (4 credits) in each category listed on the Technician's license, every year by December 31st.

NOTE: If you think you may have accumulated some continuing education you can check by logging in here and clicking 'EXAMS'. 

WEST VIRGINIA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are your courses state approved?

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

How do I renew my license?

Licenses can be renewed through West Virginia Department of Agriculture website. Be prepared to pay the appropriate fees at the time of renewal

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 at the end of each month.

How do I get my West Virginia pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators –

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Contact WVDA to receive a study guide and exam information.
  3. Complete exam at home.
  4. Return completed answer/applicant info sheet with $10 exam fee, and $20 license fee to WVDA.

Commercial Applicators –

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Contact WVDA for exam application and study material/s.
  3. For initial certification in WV, return $20 exam fee along with notarized Exam Application.  Supervisor or manager must certify by Notary of Public the applicant meets the below eligibility requirements:
    • One year verifiable experience in the category/s becoming licensed.
    • An academic certificate or degree in a field such as or similar to Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, etc., can be used in lieu of experience.
    • A combination of one year experience and education.
  4. Score a 70% or higher on both the core and at least one category exam.
  5. Return License Application to the WVDA with $20 licensing fee.

Certified Public Applicators –

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Contact WVDA for exam application and study materials. Return exam application to WVDA (there is no fee for government agencies.)
  3. Score a 70% or higher on both the core and at least one category exam.
  4. Return License Application to the WVDA.

Registered Technician –

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Complete your company’s WVDA approved Registered Technician Program.
  3. Send a $20 license fee along with the Registered Technician license application to the WVDA.
What classifications of applicator's licensing does West Virginia have?

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Private applicators – Individuals who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on their own property
  • Commercial applicators – Individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted or general use pesticides for a business.
  • Certified public applicators – Individuals who use or supervise the use of restricted or general use pesticides as a portion of their government agency work.
  • Registered Technician – Individuals who are employees of a pesticide application business who have not completed all the requirements for an applicator license. Registered Technicians may apply restricted use pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.
What are the categories and subcategories for West Virginia pesticide licensing?

The State of West Virginia 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.

Category 1: Agricultural Plant
Category 2: Agricultural Animal
Category 3: Forest Pest Control
Category 4A: Ornamental and Turf Outdoors
Category 4B: Indoor Ornamental
Category 5: Seed Treatment
Category 6: Aquatic
Category 7: Right-of-Way/Industrial Weed Control
Category 8A: General Pest Control
Category 8B: Structural Pest Control
Category 8C: Fumigation
Category 8D: Wood Treatment
Category 8E: Urban IPM
Category 9: Public Health
Category 10: Regulatory
Category 11: Demonstration and Research
Category 12: Pesticide Storage and Distribution
Category 13A: Predator Control
Category 13B: Sewer Root Control
Category 13C: Hardwood Tree Release
Category 13D: Mosquito Control
Category 13E: Black Fly Control
Category 14: Aerial

Does the State of West Virginia offer reciprocity with other states?

No, West Virginia does not offer reciprocity.

What happens if my West Virginia pesticide applicator license has expired?

Applicators whose licenses have expired will need to retest.

  1. Complete an exam application
  2. Schedule an exam
  3. Pass the exam with a 70% or higher
  4. Pay the required fees
    • Private Applicators - $10 for exam & $20 for license
    • Commercial & Certified Applicators - $20 for exam & $20 for license
    • Registered Technicians - $20 for exam & $20 for license
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