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Private pesticide applicator recertification in 2024

If you plan to use a Restricted Use Pesticide on land or sites for the production of agricultural commodities, reside in the state of Minnesota and your private pesticide applicator certification expires on March 1, 2024, you need to renew your certification. You can double-check your certification status on the MDA's website

While there are several options to recertify, the cost is the same ($75) regardless of the option you choose. For more details and requirements on all the options, including payment and cancellation policies, go to the private pesticide applicators page.

Option 1:  Attend a live in-person workshop.  

Workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide you with the latest University research on integrated pest management. Recertification workshops scheduled for southwestern Minnesota include: 

  • Jan. 29, Pipestone, MN West Community & Technical College-Rm 103: 12:30 - 4:00 pm

  • Jan. 30, Slayton, Murray County 4-H Bldg - 12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 1, Fairmont, Best Western: 9:00 am -12:30 p.m.

  • Feb. 6, Sleepy Eye, Sleepy Eye Event Center -12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 8, Lamberton, Southwest Research and Outreach Center - 12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 12, Marshall, Merit Center -12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 13, Jackson, American Legion - 12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 16, Montevideo, American Legion -12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 19, Albert Lea, Riverland Community College-Rm 124 - 12:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Feb. 27, Worthington, Worthington Event Center - 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of workshops, visit the private pesticide applicators page.

Anyone attending a workshop for recertification MUST bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport AND your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card or number. Please note you must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements. 

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration (requires credit card payment) is available up to three days prior to the event. You can pre-register on the private pesticide applicator page. (please note cancelation policies). 

Check-in will start 30 minutes prior to the posted start time. For walk-ins, payment will be collected by checks only, payable to "University of Minnesota."

Before heading out to a workshop, check for any last-minute updates in case a workshop has been canceled or postponed due to a facility issue, illness or bad weather. If you pre-registered online, check your email for a cancellation notice. Workshop updates will also be posted on the private pesticide applicators page or the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.

Workshop topics this year include pesticide laws and regulations, personal protective equipment, planning a successful pesticide application, current pest issues, and integrated pest management.

Option 2:  Attend a live, online Zoom workshop

Join Feb 14, 11:45 am for the fruit and vegetable focus,  or Feb 29, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the commodity crop focus. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. See more details on the private pesticide applicator page.

Option 3:  Take the exam online

Go to the private pesticide applicator page and click on "Exam" under the "Certification" heading. The study manual (19th edition), is available online at no cost.

Option 4:  Take the mail-in written exam

Pick up a test packet at most county Extension offices or contact the Worthington Regional Extension office at 507-372-3900, Ext 3901. You may also pick up a hard copy of the study manual for $10.

Successful completion of any of these options will renew your certification for three years. 

Note: These workshops are separate from the additional, annual training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans. Check the manufacturer's website for more information regarding these sessions. 

If you plan to apply paraquat, review the EPA website's information on paraquat dichloride training for certified applicators, as there are additional requirements.

If you have never been certified or your certification has lapsed, you MUST take the test either online or by the mail-in option to receive your certification. After successfully becoming certified, you will be eligible for recertification options when it is time to renew in 3 years.


Please contact Liz Stahl, Extension crops educator, at 507-372-3900 ext. 3912 or stah0012@umn.edu if you have questions or need further information about these workshops. 

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