LICENSING & RECERTIFICATION
Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division; Certification
& Training section is responsible for providing initial
certification and continuing education for pesticide applicators,
dealers and consultants. They have a great web site that explains all of
the license categories, who needs a license, how to get one and has
links to the appropriate sites for exam study materials and
recertification training courses.
WSDA now provides
on-line viewing of a license holder's credit status whether a license is
current. Check your credits and renewal status or the status of an
applicator you wish to hire
Two new types of Private Applicator Licenses are
available to folks doing noxious weed control and/or rodent control on
land in Eastern Washington. Which license is right for you?
The Private Applicator license allows the use of any
restricted use pesticide (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides,
rodenticides, etc.) on your own or your employer’s land for the
purpose of producing an agricultural commodity. (This
license has been available for years)
The Limited Private Applicator license allows the
holder to supervise & apply restricted use herbicides on non-production
agricultural land that includes pastures, rangeland, fencerows &
areas around farm buildings.
The Rancher Private Applicator license allows the same
uses as with the Limited Private Applicator license. In addition, this
license allows the use of restricted use herbicides and rodenticides on
limited production agricultural land where grain and hay are grown
primarily for personal use.
full description of the new licenses, see the WSDA
Here is a brief over view of what
it takes to get licensed.
Decide what type of license
you need. (private applicator, commercial, public consultant, etc)
Decide what categories you
need to be endorsed for. (turf and ornamental, right-of-way,
Purchase appropriate study
Study at your leisure.
Make an appointment to take
the exam. *NOTE* The Stevens County
Cooperative Extension office can administer the exam for the PRIVATE APPLICATOR
LICENSE only at their office. Call
them at 509-684-2588 to make an appointment any time. For all other
license types, you must make arrangements through WSDA as listed on
Pay exam fee and take test.
The WSDA website
also has a link to
courses that they have certified to allow pesticide
Or you can call WSDA toll free at 1-877-301-4555 to get course
information from a live body (ask for IRENE). This will be the most
up-to-date info available.
Recertification Courses On-line
Need just a credit or two? WSU
Pesticide Education Program has launched a web delivery system for
licensed pesticide applicators who want to
take recertification courses
over the Internet. You can now use your home computer to take the
courses. Each course takes
approximately 50 minutes to complete and is worth one (1) pesticide
license recertification credit. There is a fee involved.
Pesticide Management Division
web site for all the information you