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How do I become a certified private applicator?

  • Contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Distribution Center for training materials.
  • Take a written exam at a local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office. (No application or authorization letter needed.)
  • Apply to the Office of Pesticide Services to take the Private Pesticide Applicator Examination.
  • Once you receive your authorization letter, there are two ways to take the exam:
    • Take the exam on a touch-screen computer at your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Center.
    • Take a written exam by appointment at a VDACS testing center. Contact the Office of Pesticide Services to schedule an appointment.
  • Maintain your certification by attending category-specific recertification sessions every two years.
  • Submit your completed renewal form to the Office of Pesticide Services every two years.

Visit Pesticide Applicator Training webpage for additional information on training and maintaining certification.


Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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