Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Private Pesticide Applicator Licensing & Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

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The Utah Private Pesticide Applicator License

Utah Rule R68-7-5.(3) Private Applicator - any person or his/her employer who uses or supervises the use of any restricted-use pesticide for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the employer  or (if applied without compensation other than trading of services between producers of agricultural  commodities) on the property of another person.

WPS is an EPA rule that requires training and facilities to keep farm workers and pesticide handlers safe from pesticide effects due to working on the farm. To help people comply with the WPS, UDAF recommends that if you use any pesticide (insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc) on an agricultural establishment, you should get a Utah Private Applicator Pesticide License. It does not matter if you apply the pesticide, (even if it is not a Restricted Use Pesticide) or somebody else does - you will be subject to the WPS and YOU will need to obtain a license to make following the rules easier.

ALMOST ALL UTAH PRIVATE PESTICIDE LICENSE APPLICATORS MUST FOLLOW THE WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD (WPS)

HOW TO RECEIVE A UTAH PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR LICENSE FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR WHEN YOUR LICENSE HAS EXPIRED

  • A.) Enroll in the Utah Private Pesticide Applicator License course with Utah State University Extension (USU EXT) This course is required and there is a fee. You will need your own personal email to register for this course - USU Extension will not accept a company/farm email for more than one person. On the USU Extension website, click on the "View Courses" button and select the type of license you are looking to receive.  On the top part of this page the Utah Private Pesticide Applicator is defined.
  • B.) When you have completed the course you will take a 35 question "open screen" (a manual is open-able on the screen) test.
  • C.) Select a Pesticide Licensing Testing Center from this list, and make an appointment. Most testing centers charge a fee to take the test: confirm this, the amount and how to pay when you make the appointment.
  • D.) Following the test UDAF will be informed when you pass.  You will then proceed to E.) and pay for your license.
  • E.) To pay for your pesticide license:
    1. Click on this link: ONLINE PAYMENTS (right click, select "open in new tab" recommended)
    2. In the "Pay For" drop down box, select “Exam for Private Applicator" regardless of whether you are testing, or renewing/re-certifying.
    3. Complete the Applicator Information (do not use business or farm name - use last name).  Click on the "Continue" button
    4. Complete the credit card or e-check information.
  • F.) After following these steps your license should arrive within 30 days in the mail. You may receive a temporary by email to use until your license arrives.

HOW TO RENEW OR RE-CERTIFY YOUR EXISTING (NOT EXPIRED) LICENSE

  • A.) Enroll in the Utah Private Pesticide Applicator CEU course AND testing, by following the steps for a new Utah Private Pesticide Applicator (above). OR
  • B.) Re-certify by attending approved Continuing Education Unit (CEU) courses and presenting completion certificates to a UDAF Representative.
    • 1.) Keep all copies of your CEU certificates until you receive your license. You may receive a temporary permit to apply pesticide by email after payment for your license is made. 6 CEUs are required, 2 in Law, 2 in Safety and 2 in Use.
    • 2.) Pay for your license online by following steps 5 - 8 above.
    • 3.) Complete an application for a Utah Private Pesticide Applicator License.
    • 4.) Present the application and certificates from the CEU you have earned to a UDAF representative by:
      • a.) Scan and email the application and all CEUs to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR
      • b.) Make an appointment with a UDAF representative on this list to review your CEU and application OR
      • c.) Contact a UDAF representative at a CEU event for review of the CEU Certificates and Application: