PESTICIDE Applicator License Testing

Pesticide certification is divided out into two groups, private applicators and commercial applicators.  The license or certification for both groups is through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture regulates the use of pesticides.

A private applicator license is needed for farmers/producers who want to apply pesticides for their own use, thus they can’t apply pesticides for hire.  In the case of private applicators the license is needed for “restricted” pesticides.  When applying pesticides that can be purchased from any farm supply store, local hardware or a big box store, no license is needed unless the pesticide is restricted. 

A commercial applicator license is needed for those applicators who apply pesticides for hire or on public property.  Even pesticides that can be purchased without a license cannot be applied on public property like schools, churches, parks, etc. without a commercial applicator license.

If you would like to obtain a license you will need to pass exams in order to do so for either private or commercial. 

Online Recertification for Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicators who need recertification credits for the 2021 deadline is now open!

Registration is now open for the statewide Private PAT and FACT live recertification webinars, as well as for the First-Time Agricultural Fertilizer Certification Webinar (3-hour).   The Private Self-Paced Online Recertification Courses are also open.  (There is no first-time self-paced (Canvas) fertilizer certification course).

See below for the webinar dates, as well as information on the Self-Paced Recertification Courses on the Canvas Platform.

To find information and registration for these programs go to – You can find it all on the landing page.   

  • Dicamba for DT soybeans – New 5-year registrations and labels came out in December.  You can find information about the required annual training on our website here:


Thursday, March 9th , 2021

1 Hour Fertilizer Recertification
Category 15  -  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3 Hour Pesticide Recertification
Categories: CORE, 1, 2, 3, & 6  –  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Cherry Fork Community Center (gym)
14825 St Rt 136 Winchester, Ohio 45697


Pesticide Recertification: $30.00
Fertilizer Recertification: $10.00

Pre-Registration is required.  Click here for registration flyer.


  • Agricultural Fertilizer FIRST-TIME Certification (3-hour) $35 Thursday, February 25
  • Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification $35  Thursday, March 25 (AM) (all private categories)
  • Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification (one hour) $15 Thursday, March 25 (PM)
  • Can pay by credit card or check (instructions for mail-in payment on website)

2021 Self-Paced Online Recertification Courses (Canvas)

  • Private Pesticide Recertification 2021 - $35  - deadline July 1, 2021 
  • Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification (one-hour) -  $15 - deadline depends whether you are private or commercial
  • Canvas courses only allow payment by credit card
  • After registration, participants set up an account that allows unlimited access until the recertification deadline


2021 Self-Paced Online Commercial Recertification Course (all categories) (Canvas) $75

Live Commercial Pesticide Recertification Webinars

Live Commerical Pesticide Recertification Webinars
Landscape, Turf and Ornamental - January 28, 2021
Industrial Vegetation, Natural Areas and Aquatic - February 3, 2021
Structural and Vertebrate Pests - February 11, 2021
Agricultural and Horticultural Field Crop - February 23, 2021
Landscape, Turf and Ornamental - March 4, 2021
Agriculture Fertilizer Recertification March 25, 2021

Live Commercial webinars (5 hours recert) $75  / Agricultural Fertilizer Recertification (1 hour) $15

Study materials are available at or by contacting your local Extension Office.

Fertilizer Applicator Education

Program designed to meet criteria established for “Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program” as established in legislation Senate Bill 150 that is administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Individuals who spread their own fertilizer, not including manure, on 50 or more acres of crop land that the crop is primarily produced to sell will most likely will need this certification. For possible exemptions call the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 800-282-1955.

Private Applicator License Renewal

Once you receive a license, you must keep it current.  Commercial applicators will need to attend re-certification classes through the state.  Private applicators can attend local re-certification classes. 

A private applicator license is good for 3 years and expires on March 31. 

If you are up for renewal you should receive a letter from the Ohio Department of Agriculture about renewing your private applicator license.  The cost for renewal is $30 (this is separate from the $35 fee for the 3 hour class). The $30 fee is to be paid to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Please be sure to mail that payment to ODA along with any other forms that may be included in the mailing.  Your license will be renewed once the $30 payment and all forms are returned to ODA and you have completed the re-certification program.

PrivatePesticide Applicator Training and Fertilizer Applicator certification Live Webinars are now Open statewide.

When: March 25 8:30 am-3:00pm
Cost: $35 for pesticide recertification & $15 for fertilizer recertification
Go to for details and registration information.
For those needing Annual Dicamba training go to