Colorado Department of Pesticide Education Program at Colorado State University

Continuing Education Credits


Pesticide applicator continuing education is required to become recertified. Recertification is a program that ensures certified applicators, both private and commercial, maintain competence and keep current with changing technology.

  • Licensed applicators in Colorado are required to recertify every 3 years.
  • The recertification period is simultaneous with the 3-year licensing period.
  • Recertification credit can be earned any time during the 3 year period.
  • Persons who allow their applicator's license to lapse must re-take the test.
  • Applicators can attend any CDA-approved recertification training to receive the required credits.

Recertification training provides applicators with new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology, and changes in pesticide laws and regulations to help the applicator continue to use pesticides safely and effectively.

Earning Credits

Both private and commercial applicators must earn 1 or 2 CDA required core credits in 6 different categories. Commercial applicators must earn additional credits for the category they are certified in.

Applicators earn credits toward recertification by attending Continuing Education Workshops. Find upcoming workshops here:


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