FAQs


Everything You Wanted to Know About Pesticide Applicator Training, Certification and Recertification in Delaware:

Who needs to be certified?
How do I get certified?
Private Applicators/Commercial Applicators
What do I study for the exam?
Where can I get training?
How do I get recertified?
How many hours do I need?
Where can I get hours?
Can I get credit for a program not preapproved?


WHO NEEDS TO BE CERTIFIED?
Anyone buying or using a restricted use pesticide must be certified by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA).

Anyone in the business of applying pesticides, either restricted use or general use to the land or property of another must be certified and obtain a Pesticide Business License from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Application of soil termiticides must be conducted by a commercial applicator, on site, with a valid (7B) category designation.
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HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Private Applicator: Successfully pass private applicator/core exam.
Commercial applicator: Successfully pass core exam and category exam(s).

Exams are given each month, usually the last Wednesday of the month at the Department of Agriculture Building. Please review the Pesticide Testing Program for the Certified Applicator Exam Instructions and Schedule or directions to the exam site. Call (800) 282-8685 to make a reservation or category identification.
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PRIVATE APPLICATORS
Private Applicators are the producers of agricultural commodities and apply restricted-use pesticides to land that is owned or rented by them or their employer.
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COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS
All other restricted-use or general- use pesticide applicators that apply to the land of others are considered commercial applicators.
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WHAT DO I STUDY FOR THE EXAM?
The core manual and core manual review outline are both are available online or for purchase at DDA, along with your specific category manual(s). Order blanks are also available online or by contacting Kenda Galipo via phone at (302) 698-4571. All manauls can be purchased by phone via credit card or in -person at the Delaware Department of Agriculture (Location: 2320 South DuPont Highway, Dover Delaware 19901) via cash, check or money order. Pick up your manuals and save the postage! Study your manuals and practice the review questions and calibration problems. All Delaware Pesticide exams are closed book. Calculators are provided to perform calculations during the test. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES PERMITTED (i.e. cell phones, iPads, etc.).
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WHERE CAN I GET TRAINING?
Initial certification and training is accomplished by self-study manuals or available as online training.  The core manual with review questions and practice exams are available from the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual website. All Private and Commercial Applicators must take the Private/Core examination initially to either become certified or as a prerequisite for commercial category examinations. The Pesticide Applicator Core Study Guide is available online also.

Recertification and training can be accomplished for any Delaware pre-approved courses. This training is available online from the Pesticides website. This site allows the option to perform a variety of database searches by course title, date of course, license category, etc.
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HOW DO I GET RECERTIFIED?
Private Applicator certifications are valid for three years. A certification and license renewal is also valid for three years. After such time, an applicator must demonstrate that you've kept up with changes.
Private Applicator recertification is available by re-taking the exam or collect the required three recertification hours. Recertification courses must be approved by DDA. Currently, there is no charge for Private Applicator certification.
Commercial Applicator certification license renewal is every (one) year and recertification is based on specific category requirements for any three year cycle. See "How Many Hours Do I Need"?
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HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED?
Private applicators certification must be renewed every 3 years and need 3 recertification credit hours for every 3 year cycle. Fifty minutes of class room instruction/training usually equals one recertification hour if required content is approved.

Commercial applicators certification must be renewed every year and need the following recertification hours for every 3 year cycle.

  • Agricultural Plant (1A) 8 Hr
  • Agricultural Animal (1B) 4 Hr
  • Fumigation of Soils
  • Ag Commodities (1C) 4 Hr
  • Forest (02) 4 Hr
  • Ornamental & Turf (03) 8 Hr
  • Seed Treatment (04) 2 Hr
  • Aquatic (5A) 4 Hr
  • Antifouling Paint (5B) 2 Hr
  • Mosquito (5C) 4 Hr
  • Right-of-Way (06) 4 Hr
  • Industrial, Institutional,
  • Structural & Health Related (07)
  • General Pest Control (7A) 18 Hr
  • Wood Destroying Pest Cntrl (7B) 18 Hr
  • Fumigation (non-agricultural) (7C) 4 Hr
  • Wood Preservative (7D) 4 Hr
  • Institutional and Maintenance (7E) 18 Hr
  • Cooling Towers (7F) 4 Hr
  • Public Health (08) 4 Hr
  • Regulatory (09) 4 Hr
  • Demonstration & Research (10) 8 Hr

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WHERE CAN I GET HOURS?
There are many ways to obtain recertification credits for your license renewal.  Any pre-approved courses are available for view on-line at the following link: http://www.kellysolutions.com/de/Applicators/Courses/courseindex.htm
 
Available annually, primary courses are offered every January by the Delaware Cooperative Extension during Ag Week at the Delaware State Fair Grounds in Harrington, Delaware. The Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association offers "Ornamental and Turf" training with variety of category recertification approval. In February, the Delaware Pest Control Association offers a two-day meeting that awards both credits in 7A and 7B categories.

Subscribe to or use this link to your county Cooperative Extension Horticultural Short Course for current meeting announcements: http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/commercial-horticulture/2016-horticulture-short-courses/

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CAN I GET CREDIT FOR A PROGRAM NOT PREAPPROVED?
Possibly. If you've attended a pesticide recertification program that was not pre-approved, within the past 60 days, in Delaware or another state, you may still be able to get credit. The Department will need a copy of the meetings attended, a "timed" program agenda, biography's of each speaker, complete meeting location and date, and attendance verification. This information must be submitted to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Pestcides Section, 2320 South DuPont Hwy., Dover, Delaware 19901. Please provide your contact information for possible recertification approval. Recertification training programs must be at least 50 minutes in length and include specific category related information or such as: pesticide safety, pesticides and the environment, pest information, label comprehension, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), methods of control, IPM or specific pesticide information. No courses will be considered if required information is absent.
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