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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 should have received your renewal application and returned it along with the applicable fee to the Office of Pesticide Services for processing.
As a reminder, applicator renewal is a two-step process:
For applicators renewing their certification, if you have submitted your renewal application and fee and taken the required recertification course by June 30, 2021, you can continue to make applications after June 30, 2021. However, if you have not done one or both, you cannot legally apply pesticides after June 30, 2021 until you submit both the application and fee and take the recertification course.
Applicators who do not renew their certification by August 29, 2021, are required by law to retake the certification exam(s) to renew their certification. This 60 day "grace period" only allows applicators 60 additional days to renew their certification without having to take the exam, however, does not permit applicators who are not certified or have not submitted their renewal application and fee and taken the required recertification course to continue to apply pesticides.
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.
As of July 1, 2021, 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:
The Temporary Registered Technician Requirement, which allows employees of licensed pesticide businesses to apply pesticides without obtaining a registered technician certification, will cease on July 30, 2021 and registered technicians will be required to be certified to apply pesticides. The Temporary Registered Technician Requirement was valid for the duration of the state of emergency due to COVID-19, as declared by Governor Northam (Executive Order 51) and ceases 30 days after the state of emergency expires or was otherwise rescinded. Employees who have not completed the certification process within the 30 days will no longer be allowed to apply pesticides until they complete the certification process.
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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