Pesticide Section - For Category 3b (Turf Management, Golf Courses) - How do I Become a Certified & Licensed Applicator?
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Becoming a Certified & Licensed Applicator
(For Category 3b - Turf Management, Golf Courses)

A person may not use or supervise the use of any pesticide (insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc.) on a golf course without having obtained a Commercial Applicator License from the State Chemist.

Certification as a commercial pesticide applicator is a two-step process. Individuals seeking certification must pass a written Core exam covering pesticide laws, general pest biology, pesticide formulations, personal and environmental safety and label comprehension. The Core exam is usually followed by a Category 3b exam covering information on pest identification and biology, pesticide chemistry, pesticide application techniques, equipment and calibration, and environmental concerns.

Certification candidates may attempt any exam up to three times in a twelve-month period. Once the exams are passed, the certification is valid for five years, expiring on December 31 of the fourth year following the year of qualification.

View details on scheduling an exam

Certification may be renewed for another five years by repeating the examination process or accumulating continuing certification hours by attending approved recertification training programs.

View details on continuing certification programs

Once certified, a commercial pesticide applicator must become licensed in order to legally purchase, use, or supervise the use of pesticides. Licensing refers to the issuance of a wallet-size license (credential). Licenses expire and are renewable annually on December 31.

View the license application form  (pdf, 58kb)