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Private pesticide applicator certification options for 2023 close soon

Tana Haugen-Brown, Extension educator and Co-coordinator - Pesticide safety and environmental education

Source: Ohio State University
Private pesticide applicators who still need to certify in 2023 have two options left to get their certification. You must take either the online or mail-in exam to receive your certification. The cost is $75 for each option and the certification is good for three years. Both options close on October 31, 2023. Visit our website: and click on the “Exams deadlines and instructions” tab for more information.

Information regarding the 2024 Private Pesticide Applicator certification program will be on our website in mid-December.

If you are unsure when you need to recertify, check your applicator status on this MDA website:

Questions regarding the private pesticide applicator certification can be directed to us at or by phone at 763-767-3840 or 763-260-4423, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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