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Private Applicator Certification

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Private Applicator – is an applicator who applies restricted-use pesticides by ground application for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator’s employer. Applicants for private applicator certification must successfully complete a specialized training course provided by the University of Tennessee, Extension Service on the proper use of restricted use pesticides. There is a $50 fee for training. Upon completion of training, applicants must submit to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), a copy of the three-part form signed by the extension agent verifying completion of the training course and a payment of $25 should be sent to TDA for a certification card. To attend training please contact your local county extension office.

Pesticide certification runs over a cycle of three years. Recently the cycle ended for Private Applicators on October 21, 2017. If one became initially certified after October 21, 2017, their certification would be valid until June 30. 2020. If your certification was valid and you attended an approved recertification session during 2017, your certification would remain valid until June 30, 2020.

An on-line course (ExtOL / K@TE) is also available for individuals as an optional method to obtain private applicator certification. Both fees are required, one for training and the other for issuance of a certification card. See below for more information on how to become recertified online.

Private applicators are required to keep records of restricted-use pesticide applications and if workers and/or handlers are employed, records of all applied restricted-use products must also be maintained for two years. The following document may used to maintain Federal recordkeeping requirements. Pesticide Application Recordkeeping Form, F808 and SP363H

Extension Online Learning (K@TE / ExtOL)
This link provides access to K@TE, a pesticide certification website and has both Private Applicator Intitial Certification and Private Applicator Recertification training available. To log into various training modules, select the link below.

For assistance with K@TE contact:

For more information concerning Commercial Applicators, visit: Commercial Pesticide Applicator

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Certification, Recertification and Licensing
Information on becoming and remaining a certified commerical applicator or licensed pest control operator in the state of Tennessee.


Pesticide Recordkeeping


Worker Protection Standard Information

Pesticide Certification Standing

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PSEP Coordinator
2505 E. J. Chapman Drive,
370 Plant Biotech Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560
Phone: 865.974.1286
Fax: 865.974.8868

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