For all applicators who apply restricted use pesticides to their own land or sites for the production of agricultural commodities.
All persons who apply Restricted Use Pesticides must be certified at the time of application.
(People who apply pesticides on their employer’s or customer’s land or sites click here to go to the Commercial, Noncommercial & Structural applicator page.)
If your Private Applicator License expires on March 1, 2018, you can recertify by attending a workshop in January and February of 2018 or by retesting by taking either the on-line or mail-in exam.
If you are not a currently Certified Private Applicator you must certify by taking either the on-line or mail-in exam.
Certification, Recertification and Exams
(Not for Commercial, Noncommercial & Structural licensed applicators)
- 2018 Private Pesticide Recertification Workshops are held in January and February each year. Workshop dates can also be viewed on the U of M Extension Crops Upcoming Events page along with other crops program events.
- 2018 Private Pesticide Online Exam for new certification and recertification of private pesticide applicators. On-line exams must be completed by October 31, 2017 - including exam retakes.
- 2018 Private Pesticide Mail-in Exam for new certification and recertification – 2018 test packets and manuals will be available at most local Extension county offices in mid to late-December 2017. 2018 mail-in exams must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2018.
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide Certification web site.
Private Pesticide Study Manual
- You must use the 19th edition of the study manual (published January 2012 or reprinted January 2015 or December 2017) for the 2018 mail-in or online exams.
- The Private pesticide applicator study manual is available:
How do I check my certification status?
To check your certification number, status and expiration date, go online to the MDA's Private Pesticide Applicator Search page:
- Private Pesticide Applicator Search – MN Dept. of Ag. Fill in your information, scroll down and click on "view" for your certification status information.
- Or call the MDA at 651-201-6615.
Changes as of January 1, 2013
For detailed information on these changes, the new endorsement study manuals and the new way to take private fumigation endorsement exams see the Fumigation web page.
- The Private Applicator Fumigation Endorsement has been renamed as of January 1, 2013 as Private Applicator Stored Grain and Fumigation Endorsement and is required for applying all RUP fumigants (other than soil fumigants) to your land or sites in the production of an agricultural commodity.
- If you currently hold the Private Fumigation Endorsement, nothing changes except the endorsement name change and you may no longer apply soil fumigants.
- Your Private Stored Grain and Fumigation Endorsement will continue until your Private Certification expires.
- A Private Applicator Soil Fumigation Endorsement is required before applying any soil fumigant in 2018 on your land or sites for production of an agricultural commodity.
- For more information about new EPA soil fumigation requirements for safety, training and label directions see the New Safety Measures for Soil Fumigant Pesticides Fumigation MN Dept. of Ag. web page.
You must be a currently certified as a Private Pesticide Applicator to hold either the Private Stored Grain and Fumigation Endorsement or the new Private Soil Fumigation Endorsement.
Co-Coordinator & Extension Educator
Private Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education Program
General Program Help:
Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education
495 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
Saint Paul, MN 55108