Certified Commercial Applicator & Registered Technicians
An applicator who applies pesticides for hire or for an employer whose primary business is commercial in nature, a government entity, or whose pesticide use impacts the public, must be certified as a commercial applicator in Virginia. If an applicator in this business has less than one year experience, he or she is required to be registered technician.
A commercial applicator is defined as a person using any pesticide for any purpose on the job other than as described for a Private Applicator (production of an agricultural commodity on private property). Most are required to be certified. There are two certification options: Commercial Applicator or Registered Technician.
Commercial pesticide applicators have responsibilities specific to their certification that they must adhere to as outlined in this document. Commercial Applicators, like all other applicators, are responsible to follow the pesticide label, handle pesticides safely, and report accidents.
Virginia regulations require commercial applicators to keep records of pesticide applications.