Certified Private Applicators
Certified private applicators are applicators who apply or purchase restricted-use pesticides for use on lands owned or leased by them for agricultural production (farm, forest, ranch, greenhouse, nursery, etc.).
A private applicator uses or supervises the use of any restricted-use pesticide in the production of an agricultural commodity.
Private pesticide applicators have responsibilities specific to their certification that they must adhere to as outlined in this document. Private Applicators, like all other applicators, are responsible to follow the pesticide label, handle pesticides safely, and report accidents.
The Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade (FACT) Act, also known as the 1990 Farm Bill, requires certified private pesticide applicators to record applications of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs). Each RUP application made by a private applicator must be recorded within 14 days and records must be maintained for 2 years.
Private applicators must participate in training approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and pass a competency examination. VDACS-approved training, at a minimum, means study and review of required training materials. The basic training manual for Private Applicator certification is the Virginia Core Manual - "Applying Pesticides Correctly".