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Private Applicators

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 licensed. Every potential applicator must first take training offered by USU Extension. There is a fee paid to USU Extension. Upon passing the exams at a testing center, you must submit this application and pay the UDAF licensing fee here. You can email your completed form or mail it to: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food c/o Pesticide Program, 350 North Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84114. Failure to do so could result in citation. There are a few USU Extension agents willing to proctor private exams - check with your local agent.

I Have Completed the USU Private Pesticide Module:
Congratulations on getting the module done! You are one step closer to acquiring your license. Click here to find the testing center in your area! Upon passing the exams at a testing center, you must submit this application and pay the UDAF licensing fee here. You can email your completed form or mail it to: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food c/o Pesticide Program, 350 North Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84114

I Need to Get the USU Private Pesticide Module Done:
The first step in getting your Private Pesticide Applicator License is to go through the Utah State University Private Pesticide Module. This module is the education process you MUST go through to acquire your Private Pesticide Applicator License. This course is required and there is a fee.  You will need your own personal email (using someone else's email may be considered cheating) to register for this course. Click here to go to the USU Private Pesticide Certification Module. Upon passing the exams at a testing center, you must submit this application and pay the UDAF licensing fee here. You can email your completed form or mail it to: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food c/o Pesticide Program, 350 North Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84114

If you are an aerial applicator or need structural fumigation then you will have to take those courses/exams.

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.

There are two methods you can use to renew your Private 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.

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.

Method 1 - Renewing your Private License with CEU's

***BE SURE TO ATTACH THE 4003 APPLICATION***

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 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 6 CEU's, to UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov.

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.

6 CEU’s are still required and they must be earned during your valid license period (2017-2019). 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 UDAF-pesticide@utah.gov.

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 retake the appropriate modules and tests that are appropriate for the license type and categories held. Upon passing the exams at a testing center, you must submit this application and pay the UDAF licensing fee here. You can email your completed form or mail it to Utah Department of Agriculture and Food c/o Pesticide Program, 350 North Redwood Road, SLC, UT 84114. Failure to do so could result in citation. There are a few USU Extension agents willing to proctor private exams - check with your local agent.

Do you need to take the USU Extension Pesticide Modules? Click here to go now.

Have you completed the appropriate modules? Click here to find a testing center.

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.