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Private Applicator Training for Farmers, Ranchers, and Growers

Private applicators are individuals who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on property owned or rented by them or their employer. Example: farmers/growers. Restricted use pesticides are not labeled for home gardens. Therefore, a pesticide license is not required, nor available, for home gardeners.

Who qualifies as a private applicator?

You must be involved in the commercial production of agricultural commodities on your own farm or the farm of your employer to qualify as a private applicator. Home gardeners do not qualify for a private applicator license. All of the extension service training for certification or recertification of private applicators costs $20 per person. The license fee is a separate fee that must be paid to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section.

First-Timer Training (Initial Certification) for Private Applicators

For those that have never has a license or have let their license lapse for more than 5 years. 

There are two options for obtaining first-timer training:

Option 1
Attend a training conducted by county extension personnel. The available trainings are listed here:

Option 2
Watch the video training designed for the emergency certification of first-timers when no face-to-face meetings are available.

Contact your local county extension office for meeting information.

The emergency certification is good for only 1-year. 

Recertification Training for Private Applicators

Private applicators that have and want to maintain a license must be retrained (recertified) every 5 years in most cases.  There are two options for private applicator recertification:

Option 1
Attend a training conducted by county extension personnel.  The available list of certification/recertification traiing for Private Applicators (farmers) can be found in the link below.

See list of upcoming in-person training

Option 2
Take and complete the Online Recertification Training for Private Applicators.  This option takes the place of the face-to-face recertification trainings mentioned in Option 1.  The online training gives a full 5-year certification just like the face-to-face training.  


If you have questions, comments, complaints, etc. about the pesticide licensing procedure, please call the Director of the Pesticide Division or the Assistant Director in charge of Certification and Training at the Arkansas State Plant Board (501-225-1598).