Private Applicator Licenses
If you are unsure whether you need a private applicator's license, or another type of license, try our decision tree here.
If, in fact, a private applicator license is needed-check out our decision tree with steps to renew your private applicator license.
RequirementsApplicants for private applicator licenses must:
- Submit an order form with a payment of $20 for the private applicator exam and manual (or see other options below).
- Successfully complete the private applicator exam.
- Submit the $75 license fee with the application, exam answer sheet and a copy of your driver's license.
TAking the exam
You have two options for taking the test:
- Online. Take the test online through the CDA. It costs $20 and you have 30 days to complete the exam.
- Call your local Extension office (list of numbers here) to see if they offer the study guide and test.
- Sometimes the charge is $25 for the guide and test. Paying this small handling fee may be more convenient for you than waiting for the CDA to send it.
Expiration & Continuing Education
Private applicator licenses expire 3 years from your birthdate.The renewal fee is $75. In order to renew your license, you must either:
- Obtain all required continuing education credits (CECs) PRIOR to your license expiring and submit your renewal before the expiration date; If you have earned ALL your CECs and submit your renewal after the expiration date, you are subject to a late fee:
- renewing within 30 days after license expired, subject to a $7.50 late fee
- renewing within 180 days after license expired, subject to a $20 late fee
- renewing beyond 180 days after license is expired is NOT allowed and you must retake the exam.
- If you have not earned all the required CECs, retake the exam and apply for a new license.
IIf you choose to renew through CECs, you must obtain 1 or 2 credits in each of 6 different categories:
- Applicator Safety (1 credit)
- Environmental Protection (1 credit)
- Laws and Regulations (2 credits)
- Pesticides and Their Families (1 credit)
- Public Safety (1 credit)
- Use of Pesticides (1 credit)
Find upcoming CEC workshops here.