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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.).

Certified Private Applicator Overview

A private applicator uses or supervises the use of any restricted-use pesticide in the production of an agricultural commodity.

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Private Pesticide Applicator Responsibilities

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.

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Private Applicator Recordkeeping Requirements

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.

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Private Applicator Certification & Recertification Procedures

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".

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Private Applicator Forms

Private Applicator - Request to take exam at DMV [PDF] - not needed to take exam at Extension office.

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Training - MANUALS

ORDER Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals!

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Training - Certification

Training options for those seeking certification as pesticide applicators in Virginia.

Training - Recertification
Consumer WARNING - Unregistered Pesticide Products!
Consumers should use caution when buying pest control products. EPA exempts a number of products called "25b" pesticides from registration. Many of these products lack sufficient safety and use information. Many are marketed with false and misleading claims. Avoid buying from door-to-door, online, or telephone sellers. When shopping in your local store, make sure any product you buy has a EPA Registration Number on the label. With bed bugs, brown-marmorated stinkbugs, mosquitoes, and Asian lady beetles affecting our daily lives, we are seeing more "snake-oil" products. If in doubt, contact your local Extension agent for assistance.
VTPP Consumer Newsletter

A newsletter for consumers with questions about pesticides in and around the home.  To view the issues, please click HERE.

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