PSEP: 2020 COVID-19 Notice

Due to the Emergency Situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and suspension of all face-to-face training meetings testing for Private Applicator Training at county Extension Offices in Kentucky, we are using the following to certify private applicators. Commercial applications are directed to visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s webpage to learn of the modifications with the commercial licensing and certification process.

Recertification: For private pesticide applicators whose certifications expired 12/31/2019, in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture we are extending their certifications one year until 12/31/2020.

New Applicators: For first time private applicators and those whose certifications expired before 2019, visit the PSEP: COVID-19 Private Applicator Training Plan page, where applicators will follow a self-guided set of links to videos that must be watched. New applicators (and those with certifications expiring before 2019) are required to watch each of these videos in their entirety to receive certification and then subit a form to acknowledge completion of the program.

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.