Kentucky Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Program Overview

Kentucky Commercial Applicator Categories


How do I know what category of certification that I need?
Read though the list of categories below to determine what describes your job.

The new categories are:

Prior to the new law, these were covered under category 3 - Turf and Ornamental.
See the descriptions below.

How to become certified
To obtain certification, a person must take and pass, with a minimum score of seventy (70%) percent, a certification examination in the category or categories in which certification is requested. Such examination and testing shall include the general standards applicable to all categories and the additional standards specifically identified for each category or subcategory in which a person desires to be certified.

A person shall pay an initial certification examination fee of twenty-five dollars ($25). For persons testing in multiple categories, there will be an additional examination fee of ten dollars ($10) for each additional category. The initial examination fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be charged each time a person takes the certification examination and will be charged regardless of the passing or failing of the examination. Upon successfully passing an examination, a person will have ninety (90) days from the date of testing to activate the license(s) requested. After ninety (90) days have expired a person will have to retake and pass the examination before activation of a license can occur.

What do I need to do to become licensed and certified?

1. Read the list above and to determine the category that fits your duties. If you are not sure if you need commercial certification, or if you are not sure what category is most appropriate, contact the Division of Pesticide Regulation and explain your situation, they will answer your questions. Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Division of Pesticide Regulation, 107 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 564-7274 Toll Free at 1-866-289-0001

2. Get and study the training materials. Training packets for all categories are available free of charge by calling or writing: Department of Entomology, S-225 Ag Science Building North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091 (859) 257-5955

3. Take the test. Certification tests are given regularly at locations thorough out the state. They are administered by personnel of the Division of Pesticide Regulation, Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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