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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), or
  • Apply to the Office of Pesticide Services to take the Private Pesticide Applicator Examination.
  • Once you receive your authorization letter, there are three ways to take the exam:
    1. Take the exam on a touch-screen computer at your local Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Center
    2. Take a written exam by appointment at a VDACS testing center. Contact the Office of Pesticide Services to schedule an appointment.
    3. Take the exam remotely via an online portal. Remote testing is currently hosted by Everblue and requires an additional online testing fee that is paid directly to Everblue. This is in addition to the application fee paid to the Office of Pesticide Services.

Additional information about the above testing options is available on the main Pesticides page under the heading Letters of Authorization and Certification Exams for Prospective Pesticide Applicators. To return to the main Pesticide page.

Remember to maintain your certification by attending category-specific recertification sessions every two years. Visit Maintaining Certification As A Pesticide Applicator webpage for additional information on training and maintaining certification.


Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.

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