Need to renew your pesticide license?

Emily Standley

In December of 2017, the Region 5 Private Applicator certification cycle ended (this region includes both Fergus and Petroleum counties). This means if you had a Private Applicator license to apply restricted-use pesticides, but didn’t attend enough pesticide education courses to earn 6 credits before Dec. 31, 2017, your license is likely expired, and you’ll need to recertify before purchasing any restricteduse chemical.

There are a couple of different ways to renew your license. First, you can attend an Initial Training Course. This is a full day class, with no test required. These courses happen at different times around the state, and there is one coming up in Stanford on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. This class is free, and lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend this initial training, please RSVP to Katie Hatlelid (566-2277 ext. 104) by Monday, Feb. 12.

The second way to renew your Private Applicator license is to schedule a testing time with the local Extension Office. If your license has expired within the last year, the exam is closed book. The test is 50 questions, and a passing grade is 70 percent. You will need to obtain study materials from the Extension Service office (you can do this ahead of time). The Ag agent must be present during testing, so please call ahead to schedule your exam.

If you have any questions about the upcoming initial training, testing, or pesticide applicator licensing in general, please call the Fergus County Extension Office at 535-3919, or email



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