The Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) certifies pesticide applicators, registers pesticide products and licenses pesticide businesses. OPS also conducts routine inspections to ensure the proper use of pesticides and investigates allegations of pesticide misuse. These activities provide for the safe and effective control of pests that attack our crops, structures and health.
If you have questions regarding applicator certification, pesticide business licensing or pesticide product registration, contact the Office of Pesticide Services at email@example.com or 804.786.3798.
If you have a pesticide-related complaint, contact the Office of Pesticide Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.371.6560. Information regarding complaint investigations and our enforcement response is available here.
The current lists of certified pesticide applicators are available below. Lists are updated weekly. We continually work to refine the data. Should you find an error with your certification information, please send an email to email@example.com. Please include your name, certificate number and a brief description of the error.
The Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) has launched a new online certification system for pesticide applicators, pesticide businesses, and pesticide product registrants. Using the online system can potentially reduce the overall processing time, eliminate postage costs, and enable easy online payments of fees. While the current process of sending in paper copies remains an option, we encourage you to use the online system. Access the online portal.
Should you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), recently mailed renewal notices to all applicators whose certificates are due to expire on June 30, 2023. All applicators whose certificates have an expiration date of June 30, 2023, received the renewal notice; this includes both those who have met the recertification requirements and those who have not met the recertification requirements. Renewal notices were a reminder to pesticide applicators of the requirements to obtain recertification credits prior to the expiration date as well as provided information related to the removal of fees associated with applicators' renewal certification.
It is important to note that applicators whose certification expires June 30, 2023, and who have met the recertification requirements, will have their certificate automatically renewed.
OPS staff are continually adding recertification credits for courses completed in recent months. Applicators can monitor the status of their certificate and recertification credit via the online listing of Certified Commercial Applicators and Registered Technicians on the VDACS website. The list is updated bi-weekly to capture the recertification credits added by OPS staff.
All applicators can access their pesticide applicator record via our online system utilizing their unique access token which was included in the renewal notification.
All authorization letters for prospective applicators to take the exam(s) to become certified expire on the date listed in the letter. There are no extensions to the expiration dates. Prospective applicators who do not take the exam(s) by the expiration date are required to submit a new application with appropriate fees to take the exam(s).
For prospective applicators with current authorization letters to test, testing options include:
Please note that VDACS now offers the Registered Technician Exam in Spanish. The Registered Technician Exam in Spanish is currently available using the Remote (Online) Testing and Proctored Testing by Pesticide Investigators options only. We do intend to make this exam available at DMV in the future.
Should you have any questions, please send at email to email@example.com.
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.
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