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Private pesticide applicators

Private applicators apply restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to lands or sites they own, rent or manage for the production of an agricultural commodity. Farmers and their families who apply RUPs to their land can apply for a private applicator certification.

Recertification workshops were held in January and February and have concluded for 2024. Choose one of the exam options to certify in 2024.

Take the online or mail-in exam if:

  • You are a new private applicator,
  • You are a current applicator who didn’t attend a workshop, or
  • You are an applicator with an expired certification.

Check back in December for 2025 recertification options.

Note: The exam and workshops are available only in English at this time. 


Find study manuals and exam information below.


Contact us

Questions about private applicator workshops or exam content

Tana Haugen-Brown, Extension educator and co-coordinator
thbrown@umn.edu or 763-260-4423

Questions about mail-in and online exams

ppathelp@umn.edu or 763-767-3840

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