How Do I Get My Pesticide License?

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Anyone who wishes to apply restricted-use pesticides (Grazon, Prowl, etc.) requires certification through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). Certification is given after applicants pass required exam(s).

What type of exam and how many you take depends on what type of pesticide license you would like to have. There are two categories for certification and licensing:

PRIVATE APPLICATORS – those who apply pesticides only on their property.

Private Applicator license requires passing a 50 question exam and a $10 exam fee. Exams can be taken up to 3 times a year. Once you have passed the exam, you will then be a certified applicator for 3 years with a recertification fee of $10 every 3 years.

COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS – those who can make custom applications for others on property they do not own.

Commercial Applicator license is a more rigorous exam and has several different subcategories (view a full list). No matter which commercial subcategory you would like to be certified in, you will first need to pass a 100 question core exam.

Study Materials

It is highly recommended to study the NC Pesticide Applicator Core Manual before taking the exam. The Core Manual mail order form can be found Google Drive or purchased online.

Exam Schedule & Registration

NCDA&CS offers the pesticide applicator exams year-round. View the pesticide exam schedule and register online for the exam.

Already Have a Pesticide License?

License Status Search

To see when your license expires and credits earned click here. Search your name as it is on your license (Last Name, First Name).

Continuing Education Credit Classes

To see upcoming pesticide classes for your license type click here.

Recertification Credit Requirements

To see how many credits are required for your license type click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Maryanna Waters at (252) 459-9810.

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