First-Timer Commercial/Non-Commercial Pesticide Certification Training (no prior license) Includes Commercial Applicator Technicians (CAT)
Purpose of the training
These training sessions are intended to help individuals prepare for the exams required in order to obtain a pesticide license. These meetings are intended to train custom applicators, aerial applicators, University and Extension personnel (including graduate students), chemical company employees, employees of state and federal government agencies, etc.
Training dates and locations
Option 1: We now have online initial certification and online testing available at the links below. Follow the directions carefully. The online training will give you a full 3-year certification, but remember that you can only get a 1-year license. Therefore, each year you will have to renew your license via the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s online license renewal form. To be certified, you MUST take and pass the exams provided by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. A passing grade is 70%.
Training is provided by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Please contact Ples Spradley (firstname.lastname@example.org 501-671-2234) with questions.
Testing is provided by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Please contact Dana McGinty (Dana.McGinty@agriculture.arkansas.gov) with questions.
Please be aware that after you have completed the online training you MUST obtain and fill out a license application forms DP-30 (Individual Commercial License) or DP-27 (Individual Non-Commercial License) and send it along with the required license fee, to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (formally known as the Arkansas State Plant Board). The DP-30 and DP-27 forms can be downloaded by clicking on the buttons below.
Option 2: Attend an in-person initial certification training at one of the following locations. All meetings start at 9:00 a.m. Following the training, the required exams will be given by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
- March 23, 2023 at the Little Rock State Office Register for March 23 here.
- April 19, 2023 at the Washington County Extension Office Register for April 19 here.
Cost for training is $50 per person – For questions regarding payment for registration, please contact Ples Spradley (email@example.com - 501-671-2234) or Courtney Spinks (firstname.lastname@example.org - 501-671-2057)
To purchase the study kit ($15):
- Agricultural Plants (ground and aerial)
- Right of Way
- Demonstration and Research
- Forest Pest Control
- Wood Treatment
- Aquatic Pest Control
- Public Health
- Agricultural Animals
Please note that commercial/non-commercial training does not apply to structural, household, and turf & ornamental (lawn care) applicators.
Questions about turf and ornamental licensing?
If you have never had a license in the turf & ornamental, structural, household & rodent, or fumigation categories, contact Seth Dunlap at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Plant Industries Division for more information (501-225-1598).
Extension Pesticide Safety Education specialist
Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Associate