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How Do I Become a Certified Registered Technician?

  • Receive at least 40 hours of training on the safe and proper application of pesticides under direct, on-site supervision of a Certified Commercial Applicator.
  • Apply to the Office of Pesticide Services to take the Registered Technician 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 session every two years.
  • Submit your completed renewal form to the Office of Pesticide Services every two years.

Visit the 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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