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The Office of Pesticide Services certifies individuals as commercial pesticide applicators, registered technicians and private pesticide applicators. The type of pesticide applications a person can perform is dependent on the applicator’s certification.

List of Certified Pesticide Applicators

Who Needs to be Certified to Apply Pesticides in Virginia?

  • Private Applicators
    • Apply restricted use pesticides
    • Produce an agricultural commodity
    • Apply pesticides on their own land or that of their employer
  • Commercial Applicators (For Hire)
    • Use any pesticides on others' property in exchange for compensation
    • Must work for a company with a Pesticide Business License
  • Commercial Applicators (Not for Hire)
    • Use any pesticides as part of job duties, on property owned or leased by them or their employers
    • Use pesticides as a government employee
    • Use pesticides on any area open to the general public at the following establishments: educational institutions, health care facilities, day-care facilities, convalescent facilities
    • Use pesticides where open food is stored, processed or sold
    • Use pesticides on any recreational land over five acres
  • Registered Technicians
    • Operate under the supervision of a commercial applicator when applying restricted-use pesticides
    • Have not completed the requirements for commercial certification
    • Can apply general use pesticides without supervision

How Do I Become Certified?

Additional Resources

Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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