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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.

Registration for 2023 recertification workshops and the online exam is open

Attend a 2023 recertification workshop if your applicator certification has not expired and has an expiration date of March 1, 2023. Recertification workshops are held in January and February.

You must take the online or mail-in exam if:

  • You are a new private applicator,
  • You are a current applicator who missed your workshop, or
  • You are an applicator with an expired certification.


Find study manuals and exam information below. In-person workshops are offered in January and February.


2023 Recertification workshops

  • Workshops may be held in different locations than in past years.
  • Workshops last approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Registration is available online to pay in advance by credit card.
  • Walk-ins are welcomed for in-person workshops. Walk-ins must pay by check on-site. No cash, credit cards or payment apps.
  • To attend a Zoom workshop, you must register in advance online.
  • Cost for both in-person and online workshops: $75

Need help with registration?

MDA requirements for workshop participation

  • The Minnesota Department of Agriculture requires workshop participants to attend the entire workshop to receive credit for recertification.
  • Anyone who arrives at an in-person workshop or joins a Zoom workshop more than 15 minutes late will not receive recertification credit — no exceptions.

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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