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Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators


As of February 1st, 2020 the process of going through USU Extension pesticide education and testing will come to an end. The education and testing procedure will go back in-house through UDAF. USU will still be holding testing at their testing locations but the module and then testing process will be removed.

 If you have registered with USU you will have to finish the process but if you haven’t and want to wait until the new system is implemented, you are welcome to do that as well.

The educational manuals are available on the website and accessible through PDFs. We will not be printing any manuals but you are welcome to order them for a fee. Those instructions will be available on the website as well. If you have any questions regarding this change please call 801-538-7185 or email

TESTING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NEW PROCEDURE UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST, 2020. If you have already begun and registered through the USU Module system you will need to complete that to obtain your license. To continue to that system please click here.


Non-commercial Applicator - any person working as an individual or an employee of a firm, entity or government agency who uses or demonstrates the use of any restricted-use pesticide and who does not qualify as a private applicator, nor require a commercial applicator's license. In Utah, employees of government entities most often hold this license type. Although a Non-Commercial Applicators License is not necessary when applying general use pesticides, it is strongly recommended.

All pesticide applicators must be 18 years of age to receive a Pesticide Applicators License.

Not sure what type of license you need? Click here.

Are you being asked to apply for a governmental entity or on your employer-owned property? Every potential applicator must pass a competency exam based on the National Pesticide Core Manual and at least one category based exam with at least a score of 70% on all tests. Upon passing the exams at a testing center, you must submit this application and pay the UDAF licensing fee here. Please note that each testing center may charge their own fee for testing. This is not included in the UDAF licensing fee. You can email your completed form OR mail it to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food c/o Pesticide Program, 350 North Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84114. Failure to do so could result in a citation.

To assist each applicator in preparing for the exams they will have to pass we have study guides for each category and the core exam located here. Each PDF is downloadable and printable for the applicator's unlimited access. However, these books will not be allowed during the testing process. Click here to access all education materials to study for the testing process.

There are a total of 15 categories that can be held under a Utah Pesticide Applicator’s License. Each one has specific reasons for them to be held. Click here for a list and explanation of each category.

Do you need help finding CEU events?

There are two methods you can use to renew your Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License when the time comes. Please note: All Pesticide Applicator Licenses are good for 3 years INCLUDING the year attained and always expiring on December 31st, of the 3rd year.

Method 1 - Renewing your Non-Commercial License with CEU's



Here's how you renew a Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License with CEU’s:

  1. Pay the $20 license fee. Call 801-538-7100 OR pay online at any time:
  • Go to UDAF's Online Payment
  • In the Pay For drop-down menu select Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Complete the payment process. The receipt will be emailed.
  • Be sure to retain a copy of the receipt to send with your documents.
  1. Complete the attached application and email it (including receipt), along with your 24 CEU's, to

If you don't get all of the above done by December 31, 2019, you can still renew your pesticide applicator license through February 28, 2020, by paying a $25 late fee.

24 CEU’s are still required and they must be earned during your valid license period (2016-2019). If that date passes, you must retest.

You should receive your license within 30 days. If not, please contact us at 801-538-7185 (option #2) or

Don't have enough CEU hours? Obtain more below

Need more CEUs? Click here to find a CEU event near you.

Click here for obtainable online CEUs

Method 2

The second way to renew your license is to simply study and retake the tests that are appropriate for the license type and categories held.

Has your license expired? Click here to find a testing center.

Looking to work in the State of Utah? Moving to the state of Utah? This section will help you learn how to move your license to a State of Utah pesticide applicator license. The State of Utah will reciprocate a Pesticide Applicator’s License from most states if the steps are followed. Please call us with any concerns at (801) 538-7185.

  1. The first step in getting an out of state pesticide applicator’s license, reciprocated in the State of Utah is to have a “Letter of Good Standing” from the state the license is coming from.
  2. Next, have on hand the $20.00 fee via credit card or E-check (checks can be left blank).
  3. The third step in getting an out-of-state license reciprocated in the State of Utah is to scan in your Driver’s License, Current License (Front and Back) from the state UDAF is reciprocating with. Also, if applicable, your FAA Pilot’s License for the aerial category.
  4. The final step is submitting the above-mentioned information and forms, and, if applicable, your FAA Pilot’s License to or you can also take pictures of each item and attach them to an email as photos. If that doesn’t work you can mail each item to: Department of Agriculture - Pesticides, 350 N Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84116