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The Office of Pesticide Services can advise pesticide applicators of the requirements for certification training courses, as well as the dates and locations of approved courses.

Initial category training should take place on the job, and through the study of the Virginia Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals. Additional training resources can be found on the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs website.

Applicator Training


After submitting your application and receiving a Notice of Authorization, exams may be taken at any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Center during business hours. You must have your Notice of Authorization and photo identification to take an exam. DMV exams are on a touch-screen automated system.

Written exams may be scheduled by appointment at a VDACS testing center. Contact the Office of Pesticide Services for more information on scheduling an appointment to take a written exam.

Maintaining Certification

To maintain certification, you must:

    1. Attend an approved, category-specific recertification session every two years.
    2. Submit your completed renewal form to the Office of Pesticide Services every two years.
    3. Unless renewed, certificates expire every two years on June 30.

Reciprocal recertification may be granted to out-of-state applicators if they:

  • Maintain certification in their home state;
  • Provide proof of current certification to the Office of Pesticide Services;
  • Are currently certified in a state that grants reciprocal recertification to Virginia applicators.

Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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