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*** BIG ANNOUNCEMENT in TESTING***

As of February 1st, 2020 the process of going through USU Extension pesticide education and testing has ended. 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.

The educational manuals are available here and are accessible anytime through PDFs. We will not be printing any manuals but you are welcome to order them for a fee or just access them anytime through the PDF itself. 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 UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov

A private pesticide applicator license is the simplest pesticide license to obtain and keep current in the state of Utah. We at UDAF Pesticides HIGHLY encourage ANY citizen that desires to use pesticides consistently on your own property, to look into getting a Private Pesticide Applicator License to help you learn more about how to keep yourself, your family, and your neighbors safe.

Are you looking to treat your own lands with restricted-use pesticides (RUPs)? This section will help you get through the process of acquiring your license.

Here's how you obtain or renew a Private Pesticide Applicator License by testing in Utah:

STEP #1: Go to our Private Pesticide Educational Materials webpage to find PDF links to our private study guides.

STEP #2: Once you have completed studying, pay the $20 licensing fee to UDAF. Two options are available below.

OPTION #1 — INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING ONLINE VIA CHECK OR CREDIT CARD:

  • Go to UDAF's Online Payment webpage (ag.utah.govàOnline ServicesàOnline Payments).
  • In the “Pay For” drop down menu select Private Pesticide Applicator.
  • Complete the payment process. Receipt will be emailed.

OPTION #2 — INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING OVER THE PHONE VIA CREDIT CARD:

  • Call 801-538-7100 and let the receptionist know you want to pay for a Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator license. If you’re renewing be sure to have your license number handy. Receipt will be emailed.

STEP #3: Tests must be completed at a Pesticide Licensing Testing Center. Contact the testing center of your choice to make an appointment. You must bring the receipt of license payment to the testing center or they will not let you test.

STEP #4: ATTENTION! Be sure to fill out the Completion Form before logging out of the exam. If you don’t complete the form, your license WILL NOT be processed.

You should receive your license within 30 days. If not, please contact one of our Pesticide Program team members at 801-538-7185 (option #2) or UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov.

Due to recent EPA changes, many more growers are subject to the national Worker Protection Standard (WPS), click here to see if WPS applies to you.

RENEWAL SEASON STARTS NOV 1ST!

Here's how you renew a Private 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 Private Pesticide Applicator.
  • Complete the payment process. Receipt will be emailed.
  • Be sure to retain a copy of the receipt to send with your documents.
  1. Complete a private application and email it (including receipt), along with your 6 CEU's, to UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov.

If you don't get all of the above done by December 31, 2020 you can still renew your pesticide applicator license through February 28, 2021 by paying a $25 late fee. 6 CEU’s are still required and they must be earned during your valid license period (2018-2020). 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 UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov.

Due to recent EPA changes, many more growers are subject to the national Worker Protection Standard (WPS), click here to see if WPS applies to you.

Private Applicator Definition

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.

What are Worker Protection Standards?

Worker Protection Standards or 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.

Do you need help figuring out if WPS apply to you? Click HERE to see if you are subject to Worker Protection Standards

Benefits for Having a License if you Treat Your Own Property

  • You will understand how to be safe when applying around your property.
  • You will be able to assist your neighbors and family with their application safety.
  • You will have a better understanding of how to select the proper pesticides for your property.
  • You will have better resources to learn how to treat your pests year-round to use fewer chemicals in your property.
  • You will feel more comfortable if you need to use outside assistance for the treatment of your property.