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:
- 18 - Golf Course
- 19 - Interior Plantscapes
- 20 - Sports Turf
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.
- Category 1. Agricultural pest control. This category includes:
- 1a Plant and animal. This category includes persons applying or supervising the application of pesticides in production of agricultural commodities including, but not limited to, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, feed grains, soybeans and forage, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits and nuts, as well as on grasslands, non-crop agricultural lands, and greenhouses, and the application of pesticides on animals including, but not limited to, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, horses, goats, poultry, and livestock, and to places on or in which animals are confined. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire, publicly holding themselves out as pesticide applicators or engaged in large-scale application of pesticides, are included in this category.
- 1b Agricultural fumigation. This category includes the application of pesticide gases or fumigants in an enclosed area used for the production, storage, or transportation of agricultural commodities or to the contents of any structure used for the production, storage, or transportation of agricultural commodities; and any other application of a pesticide gas or fumigant in preparing land for production or in controlling pests in growing agricultural commodities, whether agricultural commodities are indoors or outdoors.
- Category 2. Forest pest control. This category includes persons applying or supervising the application of pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed-producing areas.
- Category 3. Ornamental and lawn care. This category includes persons applying pesticides or fertilizer to control insects, weeds, and diseases in residential and commercial lawns, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers, including the control of pests that do not normally invade structures, such as bagworms, grubs, and moles. Certification in this category does not qualify an applicator to make applications to sports turf or golf courses.
- Category 4. Seed treatment. This category includes persons applying or supervising the application of pesticides on seeds.
- Category 5. Aquatic pest control. This category includes persons applying or supervising the application of any pesticide purposefully applied to standing or running water, excluding applicators engaged in public health-related activities.
- Category 6. Right-of-way pest control. This category includes persons applying or supervising the application of pesticides in the maintenance of public roads, electric powerlines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way, or other similar areas.
- Category 7. Industrial, institutional, structural, and health-related pest control. This category shall cover all persons using or supervising the use of pesticides for structural pests only, in, on, or around food-handling establishments, human dwellings, educational facilities, health care centers, industrial establishments, including warehouses and grain elevators and any other structures and adjacent areas, public or private; and for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products. Industrial, institutional, structural, and health-related pest control certification shall be divided into the following subcategories:
- 7a Structural pest control certification shall cover the use of pesticides in the control of general pests and wood-destroying organisms by all means other than fumigation.
- 7b Integrated pest management certification shall cover an environmentally-sound approach to pest management in schools and health care facilities with the goal of the judicious use of pesticides.
- 7c Structural fumigation certification shall cover the use of pesticides in the form of poisonous gases.
- Category 8. Public health pest control. This category shall include state, federal, or other governmental employees using or supervising the use of pesticides in management and control of pests in public health programs.
- Category 9. Regulatory pest control. This category includes state, federal, or other governmental employees who apply or supervise the application of pesticides in the control of regulated pests.
- Category 10. Demonstration and research pest control. This category includes individuals who demonstrate to the public the proper uses and techniques of applying pesticides or supervise such demonstration. Included in this group are such persons as extension specialists and county agents, individuals demonstrating methods used in public programs, and persons conducting field research with pesticides, and in so doing, apply or supervise the application of pesticides. This group includes state and federal employees and other persons conducting field research on pesticides.
- Category 11. Aerial. This category includes persons applying pesticides to lands of another using aircraft.
- Category 12. Pesticide sales agent. This category includes any individual who sells or distributes restricted use pesticides or any individual who sells and makes recommendations for the use and application of pesticides to the final user. Persons taking orders or explaining service programs without naming or making recommendations shall be excluded from certification if the person selling or distributing pesticides is licensed as a pesticide sales agent.
- Category 13. Antifouling marine paint. This category includes persons who apply paint mixed with a pesticide to prevent the growth of pests, both plant and animal, to a product to be used in lakes, rivers, and waterways.
- Category 14. Pest control consultant. This category includes persons, who for a fee, offer or supply technical advice, supervision, or aid, or recommend the use of specific pesticides for the purpose of controlling insect pest, plant diseases, weeds, and other pests.
- Category 15. Antimicrobial pest control. This category includes persons who apply pesticides to control bacteria, mold, or fungi to or through any medium. Water and waste water treatment plant operators shall be included in this category. Homeowners applying pesticides to personal swimming pools, and persons certified in Category 1 of this chapter are excluded from this category.
- Category 16. Sewer root control includes persons who apply pesticides into the sewer or sewer system to control the ingress of roots or any other blockage of the system.
- Category 17. Wood preservatives. This category includes persons who apply pesticides to wood and wood products to protect from wood-destroying organisms. Excluded from this category are persons engaged in structural pest control.
- Category 18. Golf course. This category includes persons who apply pesticides or fertilizer to land on which turf and ornamental care is done for the purpose of preparing the land for use in the game of golf.
- Category 19. Interior Plantscapes. This category includes persons using pesticides to control insects, weeds, and diseases in or on interior plantscapes, regardless of who owns the plants.
- Category 20. Sports turf. This category includes persons applying pesticides to control insects, weeds, and diseases to or on turf on which sports activities occur. Certification in this category does not qualify an applicator to make applications to golf courses.
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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