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Becoming a Certified PA (Private Applicator)





    1. Individuals seeking certification as a private pesticide applicator must pass a written core exam covering pesticide laws, general pest biology, pesticide formulations, personal and environmental safety and label comprehension.
      View information about the written core exam. (source: Purdue Pesticide Programs)

    2. Individuals seeking certification as a private Pesticide applicator to purchase and use fumigants must pass both the core exam and the Category 7D (Fumigation) exam.

    3. Individuals seeking certification as a private fertilizer applicator must pass a written Category 14 exam covering fertilizerĀ application planning, storage, application equipment maintenance, transportation, application techniques, and environmental concerns.
  1. Both pesticide and fertilizer private applicators must also submit a completed application form and submit the $20.00 (5 year) license fee.

    View the license application form  (pdf, 30kb)

NOTE: Separate application forms and additional fees are not required for a combination pesticide/fertilizer license fee.