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Private Applicator Training for Farmers, Ranchers, and Growers

Private applicators are individuals who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on property owned or rented by them or their employer. Example: farmers/growers. Restricted use pesticides are not labeled for home gardens. Therefore, a pesticide license is not required, nor available, for home gardeners.

Who qualifies as a private applicator?

You must be involved in the commercial production of agricultural commodities on your own farm or the farm of your employer to qualify as a private applicator. Home gardeners do not qualify for a private applicator license. All of the extension service training for certification or recertification of private applicators costs $20 per person. The license fee is a separate fee that must be paid to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section. 

First-Timer Training (Initial Certification) for Private Applicators

For those that have never has a license or have let their license lapse for more than 5 years. 

There are two options for obtaining first-timer training:

Option 1
Attend a training conducted by county extension personnel. 

Please be aware that many of our county meetings have been cancelled because of COVID-19 (Corona virus) situation.  If your county's meeting has been cancelled, you still have the option of online training to obtain your license.  This option will be available until the virus crisis has passed.

Option 2

Take and complete the Online Certification Training for Private Applicators.  This option takes the place of the face-to-face recertification trainings mentioned in Option 1.  The online training gives a full 5-year certification just like the face-to-face training.  Please be aware that after you have completed the online training you MUST obtain and fill out a license application form DP-25 and send it, along with the required license fee, to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (formally known as the Arkansas State Plant Board).  The DP-25 form can be downloaded below. 

Take online training

Download DP-25 License form

Recertification Training for Private Applicators

Private applicators that have and want to maintain a license must be retrained (recertified) every 5 years in most cases.

There are two options for private applicator recertification:

Option 1
Attend a training conducted by county extension personnel.  

See list of Certification/ Recertification Training for Private Applicators (farmers)

Please be aware that many of our county meetings have been cancelled because if COVID-19 (Corona virus) situation.  If your county's meeting has been cancelled, you still have the option of online training to obtain your license.  See below.

Option 2
Take and complete the Online Recertification Training for Private Applicators.  This option takes the place of the face-to-face recertification trainings mentioned in Option 1.  The online training gives a full 5-year certification just like the face-to-face training.  

 

If you have questions, comments, complaints, etc. about the pesticide licensing procedure, please call the Director of the Pesticide Division or the Assistant Director in charge of Certification and Training at the Arkansas State Plant Board (501-225-1598).

 

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