Pesticide Applicator


A private pesticide applicator certification may only be used to apply or supervise the application of a restricted use pesticide product according to label directions for the purpose of:

  • Producing an agricultural commodity
    • On property owned or rented by the private certified applicator or such person's employer; or
    • If applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on property owned or rented by another producer of an agricultural commodity.

A private certification may be obtained by passing an open book examination at your local extension office. Contact the extension office in advance to ensure the office will be open and allow 2-3 hours to complete the examination. The extension office will collect the $25 fee and mail the completed examination to KDA for grading and issuing the certification card. Private applicator certification expires on the individual’s birthday in the 5th calendar year after it is issued.

Private Pesticide Applicator Manual

Renewal applications are mailed to the applicator’s home address. Please inform KDA of any address changes to make sure you receive your renewal material.


Information about Commercial Applicator Licensing is available at the Kansas Department of Agriculture web site.

Kansas Department of Agriculture Pesticide & Fertilizer Program