A Private Pesticide Applicator is anyone who applies pesticides to property they own, rent or otherwise control, for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity. Any private applicator wishing to buy and use restricted-use pesticides must be certified by passing the Pesticide Core exam.
A Private Fertilizer Applicator is anyone who applies manure from a Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) to property they own, rent or otherwise control, for purposes of producing an agricultural commodity. Any Private Applicator wishing to use (apply, handle, transport) manure from a CFO must be certified by passing the Category 14, Agricultural Fertilizer exam.
Why become a certified applicator?
Certification demonstrates your responsibility for
- Personal, family, and employee health and safety;
- Community welfare;
- Protection of land and water.
Certification makes good sense. Promote the prudent use of pesticides and fertilizers. Present a professional public image.