Licensing

Commercial applicator license

  • Allows you to use pesticides (general or restricted-use) on someone else's property if employed by a company with the commercial operator license.
  • Allows you to use restricted-use pesticides on your own (or your employer's) non-agricultural land.
  • Allows you to supervise a licensed pesticide trainee or apprentice.
  • Allows you to tell someone how to use a restricted-use pesticide or which restricted-use pesticide will work best (limited to categories on your license).
  • Tests required — Laws and safety and at least one category.

Commercial operator license

  • Allows a business to use pesticides on someone else's property.
  • For corporations, at least one employee must be licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator.
  • For sole proprietors or partnerships, the owner or at least one partner must be licensed as a commercial pesticide applicator.
  • Categories must match the type of pesticide work that will be done.
  • The business must show proof of insurance for pesticide applications.
  • This license cannot be issued to a public agency.
  • Test required — None.

Consultant license

  • Allows you to tell someone how to use a restricted-use pesticide or which restricted-use pesticide will work best.
  • The demonstration and research option allows you to create demonstration plots or do research on pesticides.
  • If you have a pesticide consultant license, you may obtain the private pesticide applicator license without passing the private pesticide applicator test.
  • Test required — Consultant.

Dealer license 

  • Allows a business to sell restricted-use pesticides to licensed pesticide users.
  • Test required — None.

Private applicator license

  • Allows you to use restricted-use pesticides on agricultural land, including farmland, ranches, forestland, nurseries, and orchards.
  • Allows you to supervise a co-worker or employee applying a restricted-use pesticide.
  • One license covers all agricultural use (no categories).
  • Test required — Private pesticide applicator.

Public applicator license

  • You must work for a state or federal agency, county, city, municipality, irrigation district, railroad, public utility, telephone company, school, or other public employer.
  • Allows you to use restricted-use pesticides for your public employer.
  • Allows you to use fuel or electric-powered sprayers or spreaders.
  • Categories must match the type of pesticide work that will be done.
  • Allows you to tell someone how to use restricted-use pesticide or which restricted-use pesticide will work best (limited to categories on your license).
  • May supervise a licensed pesticide trainee or apprentice.
  • Tests required — Laws and safety and at least one category.

Immediately supervised pesticide trainee license

  • Allows you to use pesticides while supervised by a licensed commercial or public pesticide applicator.
  • Supervisor must be on site at all times during spraying with the trainee.
  • Must apply pesticides only in the same category as those authorized by the supervisor's license.
  • Test required — None.

Pesticide apprentice license

  • Allows you to use pesticides while supervised by a licensed commercial or public pesticide applicator.
  • Supervisor must be able to help the trainee by phone or radio during the application.
  • Supervisor does not need to be on site.
  • Must apply pesticides only in the same category as those authorized by the supervisor's license.
  • For license renewal, the apprentice must retake the required test or complete eight hours of continuing education classes each licensing period (a license period is from date of license issue to December 31 of issue year) including the following:
    • Four hours of core classes
    • Four hours of other classes
  • Test required — Laws and safety.

Resources

Commercial aerial pesticide applicator responsibilities (2011)

Explains record keeping requirements and other application responsibilities for aerial pesticide applicators. Document

Commercial pesticide applicator responsibilities (2013)

Explains record keeping requirements and other application responsibilities for commercial applicators. Document

Commercial pesticide operator responsibilities (2013)

Explains record keeping requirements and other application responsibilities for commercial operators. Document

Pesticide apprentice responsibilities brochure (2014)

Brochure includes pesticide apprentice conditions, license requirements, record keeping responsibilities, and contact information for help. Document

Pesticide dealer responsibilities brochure (2013)

Provides definitions for understanding pesticide dealer responsibilities and outlines legal requirements for sale and distribution of restricted-use pesticides. Document

Private pesticide applicator responsibilities

Provides a summary of responsibilities of private pesticide applicators including record keeping and other legal requirements. Document

Public pesticide applicator responsibilities brochure (2013)

A brochure summarizing responsibilities of Public Pesticide Applicators. Document

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Contact​​

Pesticides Program
Phone: 503-986-4635
Fax: 503-986-4735

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