Do I need a private or commercial pesticide applicator certificate?
It can be confusing as to the type of certificate an applicator needs in order to comply with the legal requirements to be a certified applicator.
A Private Applicator is certified to use, or supervise the use of,
restricted-use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity on land
he or she owns or leases, on the property of another grower (if only
goods or services are exchanged), or as a farm employee.
See the document "Certified Private Applicator Overview" for more information.
If you use pesticides on the job other than for agricultural production on private property, you should be certified as a Commercial Applicator or Registered Technician. Pest management (or crop) consultants who make specific pesticide recommendations for a fee should also be certified Commercial Applicators.
See the document "Certified Commercial Applicator Overview" for more information.
More information about certification requirements and procedures may be found on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences / Office of Pesticide Services website.