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Announcing Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshops

Private Pesticide Applicator exams go online

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the temporary closure of University of Minnesota's County Extension offices and local government centers, the private pesticide applicator exams will now be administered online only.

As of now, private pesticide applicators should not see a delay in the processing of their exam or in receiving a new applicator card from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, if they pass their exam.

The online exam can be found at, or individuals may email to request a mail-in packet. The Private Pesticide Applicator Safety Education manual can be found online at


If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension. These workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide application, as well as provide you with the latest University research on integrated pest management. 

You need to renew your private pesticide applicator certification in 2020 if you:

  • Apply pesticides to land or sites you own, rent or lease for the production of agriculture commodities and
  • Plan to use Restricted Use Pesticides and
  • Reside in the state of Minnesota and
  • Your certification expires in 2020

For a complete listing of workshops offered throughout the state, check the U of MN Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education website or call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077. In case of inclement weather, please check these sources for any weather-related updates.      

Workshop topics will include:

  • Pesticide Laws and Regulations
  • Transportation, Storage and Emergencies
  • Herbicide Residuals and Cover Crops
  • Laundering Pesticide Contaminated Clothing
  • Current Crop/Pest Issues and Integrated Pest Management

Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door and no pre-registration is required. Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well. 

Attending a recertification workshop renews your certification for 3 years. Please note you must attend the entire workshop to meet recertification requirements.

For those who are unable to attend a workshop or would rather retest for recertification, two other options exist. You may either complete the test as a home study course (books and tests available at most County Extension Offices) or you may complete the test on-line at

The cost to recertify, either by attending a recertification workshop or retesting, is $75. A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. becoming certified for the first time or their certification expired in 2019 or earlier) is required to first take the test to become certified.

Note these workshops are separate from the additional training required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba formulations onto dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2020. Check the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association website at for more information regarding these sessions. If you plan to apply Paraquat, see for more details on additional training requirements as well.


Please contact Liz Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops (507-372-3900 ext. 3912, or if you have any questions or need further information about these workshops.