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First-Timer Commercial/Non-Commercial Pesticide Certification Training (no prior license)

Training dates and locations

The trainings for first-time commercial applicator certification are generally held each year in the month of March. Annual schedules will be posted on this page in January each year. There is no requirement to attend the training in order to take exams but it is highly recommended.

To purchase the study kit ($15):

Course content: 
  • Agricultural Plants (ground and aerial)
  • Right of Way
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Forest Pest Control
  • Wood Treatment
  • Aquatic Pest Control
  • Public Health
  • Agricultural Animals

These meetings also qualify as training for Commercial Applicator Technicians (CAT).
CAT applicators do not have to take exams.

Purpose of the training:

These training sessions are intended to help individuals prepare for the exams required in order to obtain a pesticide license.  These meeting are intended to train custom applicators, aerial applicators, University and Extension personnel (including graduate students), chemical company employees, employees of state and federal government agencies, etc.

How to register (three options):

  • (Once available) Register online
  • (Once available) Complete the pre-registration form and fax it to Ples Spradley at 501-671-2252
  • (Once available) Email the pre-registration form or your information Terilyn Maize at . 

Cost for training is $50 per person. Two options to pay:

  • Online registrants can pay using the online registration form (preferred)
  • Pay by check or money order on location the day of the training. Checks must be made out to the "Cooperative Extension Service".        


Ples Spradley
Extension Pesticide Safety Education specialist