What is a Private Pesticide Applicator's License?

Private applicator means a person certified to use restricted use pesticides for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him (her) or an employer, or to the lands of a farmer-neighbor, if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.

Minimum standards for Certified Private Applicators (Taken from Code of Federal Regulations Part 40 Protection of Environment):

  • A practical knowledge of common pests to be controlled and the damage caused by them.
  • Read and understand the label and labeling information including- common name of the pesticide applied, pests to be controlled, timing and methods of application, safety precautions, any pre-harvest or re-entry restrictions and any specific disposal procedures.
  • Apply pesticides in accordance with the label instructions and warnings, be able to prepare proper concentrations and calibrate application equipment.
  • Recognize local environmental situations that must be considered during application to avoid contamination.
  • Be able to recognize poisoning symptoms and procedure to follow in case of a pesticide accident.

The Cooperative Extension Service is responsible for the training of private pesticide applicators in each of Kentucky's 120 counties. The certification is valid for 3 years. At that time, you must attend another training session.


How much does the Private Applicator workshop and license cost?

There is no charge for this service.


Where can I find information about obtaining a commercial pesticide applicator's license?

For information about commercial applicator licensing procedures, contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at  866-289-0001 or visit them online at Pesticide Training and Testing.