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First-Timer Commercial/Non-Commercial Pesticide Certification Training (no prior license) Includes Commercial Applicator Technicians (CAT)

Training dates and locations

With rapid spread of  COVID-19 and the more than 30,000 flu cases reported in Arkansas since September 2019, we are taking precautions until further notice to ensure safe and healthy work environments for our (clients/members) and our co-workers.  

With that in mind we have chosen to postpone our in-person Certification Training with dates to be announced.

We recognize that this may be an inconvenience. However, this decision is being made out of concern for everyone’s health and well-being. 

In order to supplement the information needed for taking the required exams we offer the study kits (see below) and have online training now available.  Use the link below to access the training.  Please be aware that after you have completed the online training you MUST still take the exams administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (formally known as the Arkansas State Plant Board).  The only exception to testing is that Commercial Applicator Technicians (CAT) do not take exams. 

Check their website or contact Dana McGinty or 501-225-1598 for more information about testing.

Online Training

To purchase the study kit ($15):

Course content: 

  • 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.

These meetings also qualify as training for Commercial Applicator Technicians (CAT). 

CAT applicators do not have to take exams.

Thank you for your understanding.  Please contact Ples Spradley at 501-671-2234 if you have any questions about study kits or training availability.


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.


How to register

(There are no in-person trainings available at this time)

Cost for training is $50 per person



Ples Spradley
Extension Pesticide Safety Education specialist