Commercial, noncommercial and structural pesticide applicators
Education for those who apply pesticides on their employer's or customer's land or sites
We offer educational and recertification opportunities in the following categories:
- Category A: Core
Category B: Aerial
Category C: Ag Field Crop
Category E: Turf and Ornamentals
Category F: Aquatic
Category H: Seed Treatment
Category I: Antimicrobial
- Category J: Natural Areas, Forestry and Right-of-Way workshops
- Category K: Livestock Pests (Agricultural Pest Control-Animal)
- Category L: Mosquito and Blackfly
- Category M: Food Processing noncommercial
- Category N: Stored Grain and Fumigation
- Category O: Soil Fumigation
- Category P: Vertebrate Pests
- Category Q: Wood Preservatives
- Category R: Sewer Root
- Category S: Structural noncommercial
- SPCA: Structural Pest Control - Journeyman
- SPCA: Structural Pest Control - Master
- SPCA: Structural Pest Control - Fumigation Endorsement
Recertification is one requirement to renew your pesticide applicator license. To recertify, you must either attend an approved recertification workshop (see workshop section below) or retest. You must attend a recertification workshop or retest in each certification category for which you need to recertify. Study manuals are available to prepare for retesting.
Learn more about pesticide applicator workshop and retesting recertification requirements from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) including license types, certification categories, deadlines and fees.
Certification and license status
To check your certification status, go to the MDA licensing search page.
Commercial, noncommercial and structural licensed pesticide applicators need to regularly recertify in each certification category by attending an approved workshop or by retesting with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Check your MDA-issued 2018 license card for when you need to recertify for each category you hold.
Certification exams are one of the requirements to obtain an initial license. Learn more about exams from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Study manuals to help you prepare for the exams are available for all certification categories.
The University of Minnesota does not offer Commercial, Noncommercial or Structural exams. You will need to schedule your exam with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Ensure you have the most current manuals for each category exam. Using an out-of-date manual may affect your ability to pass the exam.
Recent new commercial, noncommercial or structural manuals
- Category J: Natural Areas, Forestry and Rights-of-Way - 2nd Edition November 2016 - start sale November 14, 2016
- Category P: Vertebrate Pests - 2nd Edition November 2016 - start sale November 14, 2016
- Category C: Agricultural Field Crops - March 2016 edition - start sale June 1, 2016
- Category F: Aquatics - 1st Edition, March 2016 - start sale June 1, 2016
- Category A: Core - National Pesticide Applicator Core Manual, 2nd Edition, 2014 - start sale in MN 2015.
- Category E: Turf and Ornamentals - 4th Edition, June 2014
- Stored Grain and Fumigation - January 2013 (commercial, noncommercial, structural and private applicators)
- Soil Fumigation - December 2012 (commercial, noncommercial and private applicators)
- Category A: Core Minnesota Supplement (commercial, noncommercial and structural) - December 2012
The Category A: Core exam is based on two manuals
- (A-1) The National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual - new edition Fall 2014
- (A-2) Minnesota Supplement - 2nd Edition green cover December 2012
Purchase a printed manual
Printed study manuals are available at
Commercial and noncommercial pesticide certification questions
If you apply pesticides on your employer's or customer's land or sites:
Dean Herzfeld, program coordinator
Structural, stored grain and fumigation, and food processing certification questions
Stephen Kells, co-coordinator and Extension entomologist
Registration and workshop information
Mary Ferguson, operations manager
Reviewed in 2018