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The Office of Pesticide Services certifies applicators, registers pesticide products and licenses pesticide businesses. These activities provide for the safe and effective control of pests that attack our crops, structures and health.
If you are a certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator or a certified Registered Technician and the expiration date on your certificate is June 30, 2021, you will be receiving your applicator renewal notice and application in mid-May. You will need to complete your renewal application and return it along with the applicable fee to the Office of Pesticide Services for processing. Pesticide applicator renewal applications are processed in the order they are received. There are over 7000 certified pesticide applicators eligible to renew in 2021.
As a reminder, applicator renewal is a two-step process:
(*Government employees are exempt from renewal application and fees however they must complete the recertification course requirement)
Prior to renewing your pesticide applicator certification, your recertification course credits have to be entered into the database. Recertification credits are entered into the database in the order they are received. So, if you took a recertification course six months ago, the course credit has most likely been entered. If you took a recertification course two weeks ago, it may be in the queue to be entered. Once we have your renewal application and fees, and your recertification credit has been entered, we will issue your new pesticide applicator certification.
If you have not yet attended a recertification course, please see the list of currently approved recertification courses. If you are not sure if you need to take a recertification course, you can check the status of your recertification credit on the List of Certified Pesticide Applicators.
If you do not receive your renewal application by May 15, it may mean that your contact information is not current with OPS. If you have moved or changed employers since your certificate was last issued and did not notify us, please complete and return the Change of Information form.
In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the agency continues to assist the industry in meeting the resulting challenges including the temporary closure of DMV offices due to COVID-19, which eliminated an important testing option for many prospective pesticide applicators who are required to take pesticide applicator certification exams. Specifically, the agency has implemented the following:
The training and testing requirements, as well as the requirements for the licensed pesticide business, can be found here. Pesticide businesses should complete one form per pesticide business location and return the form to VDACS. Do not send copies of the training or testing (exam) to VDACS. Pesticide businesses are required to keep documentation of the training and testing of employees under this temporary requirement for two years.
Please note that VDACS is not providing a test. Licensed businesses should develop the test based on their current training program. At a minimum, the test must cover the minimum requirements set forth 2VAC5-685-90. Determination of General Knowledge and Qualifications for Private and Commercial Applicators and Registered Technicians. Part IV Knowledge Required for Certification of Pesticide Applicators.
VDACS has issued information to assist industrial hemp growers in identifying pesticide products that may be used on hemp crops grown in Virginia.
Information regarding VDACS’s pesticide product registration process and currently registered pesticides is available here.
If your hemp product is intended for human consumption:
Please note that the requirements in Virginia's Food and Drink Law do not pertain to the production or sale of topical products.
Click here for Office of Pesticide Services contact information.
If you have a pesticide-related complaint, contact the Office of Pesticide Services at 804.371.6560. Pesticide investigators are available to inspect and investigate allegations of pesticide misuse.
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