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Photo of pesticide applicatorThe 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.

List of Certified Pesticide Applicators

List of Licensed Pesticide Businesses

2021 Commercial Pesticide Applicator and Registered Technician Certification Renewals

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:

  1. Recertification – Pesticide applicators are required to take one recertification course every 2 years, before your certificate expires; AND
  2. Renewal (not the same as recertification) – Pesticide applicators are required to complete and return their renewal application and renewal fees* to OPS by JUNE 30. Keep in mind,
    1. a. If you do not renew by June 30, you are not allowed by law to apply pesticides.
    2. b. After August 29, the only way to renew your certificate is by examination.

(*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.

2021 COVID-19 and Certification Exams for Prospective Pesticide Applicators

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:

  1. The expiration dates for all authorization letters for prospective applicators to take the exam(s) to become certified issued on or after December 20, 2019, have been extended to June 30, 2021 or the current date of expiration, whichever is greater. It is imperative that prospective pesticide applicators who were issued an authorization letter to take the exam(s) for certification do so before the expiration date. Prospective applicators that do not take the exam(s) by June 30, 2021 or the current date of expiration, whichever is greater, will be required to submit a new application with appropriate fees to take the exam(s). There will be no additional extensions to the expiration date. Opportunities for testing include the following options (Note: All requirements of the Governors Executive Order are required to be followed including wearing of facial masks; social distancing and disinfection):
    1. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - Prospective applicators (commercial applicators, private applicators and registered technicians) can take their exams at DMV customer service center. All services are by appointment only including pesticide applicator certification testing. Appointments can be scheduled on the DMV website. Select “Appointments” from their home page. When scheduling an appointment, prospective applicators will select the “Learner’s Permit and Other Testing" service type and the location where they will be testing. Applicators will next select the category "Knowledge Testing" and indicate they would like to take the knowledge test for "Dealer Operators, Salesperson, or Pesticide Applicator Certification". According to the website, three months of appointment slots are available at any time on the calendar. Each day, a new day of appointments is added to the end of the available period. New appointment slots will be posted multiple times every hour. Cancellations can also create earlier availability in the calendar. If you do not see availability, all the posted appointment slots are currently booked. Individuals wanting to take a certification exam(s) at DMV should check the site frequently for availability and are encouraged to look outside their area. Should you need additional information regarding DMV reopening or services available, please contact DMV directly.
    2. Virginia Pest Management Association (VPMA) - VPMA is offering limited in person testing opportunities to prospective pesticide applicators. Information regarding testing locations and event registration is available on the VPMA website.
    3. Proctored Testing by Pesticide Investigators – The Office of Pesticide Services Pesticide Investigators are also be available to proctor testing of prospective applicators. Contact information for Pesticide Investigators is available on our webpage at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-division-of-consumer-protection.shtml#pesticides.
  2. Temporary Registered Technician Requirement - Licensed pesticide businesses can allow their employees to apply pesticides without obtaining a registered technician certification, for the duration of the state of emergency due to COVID-19, as declared by Governor Northam (Executive Order 51), when these employees meet certain training and testing requirements. This also applies to registered technicians not for hire (any registered technician who uses or supervises the use of pesticides as part of his job duties only on property owned or leased by him or his employer. It also applies to governmental employees who use or supervise the use of pesticides, whether on property owned or leased by them or their employers or not, in the performance of their official duties). Allowing employees to apply pesticides without obtaining a registered technician certification will cease 30 days after Governor Northam rescinds Virginia’s COVID-19 state of emergency.
    1. This requirement allows employees to apply pesticides without certification until they are certified. Prospective applicators should not wait until the state of emergency is rescinded to begin the certification process rather should be actively pursuing certification. The certification process may take more than 30 days to complete.
    2. Employees who have not completed the certification process within the 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded will no longer be allowed to apply pesticides until they complete the certification process.

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.

Information for Pesticide Applicators

Information for Pesticide Businesses

Information for Pesticide Product Registrants

Protecting Pollinators

Pesticide Use on Hemp

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: 

On July 15, 2019, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services advised Registered Industrial Hemp Processors that the Northam Administration has directed VDACS to treat hemp-derived extracts intended for human consumption as approved food additives and to place qualifying Registered Industrial Hemp Processors under food safety inspection so that inspected and approved processors may manufacture a hemp-derived extract intended for human consumption. VDACS's Food Safety Program is working on guidelines that will implement this policy directive, and we will post them here as soon as they are available.
If your intended hemp-derived product is not an extract but is intended for human consumption, please contact VDACS's Food Safety Program for additional information.  

Please note that the requirements in Virginia's Food and Drink Law do not pertain to the production or sale of topical products.

Additional Services & Links

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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