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Assistance for applicators seeking information on getting certified in Virginia or just seeking pesticide regulatory and safety information.

Pesticide Applicator Overview

An overview of requirements for pesticide applicators in Virginia.

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Responsibilities of All Pesticide Applicators in Virginia

All pesticide applicators must apply pesticides responsibly. These guidelines apply to all pesticide applications in Virginia. Additional responsibilities apply to certified private or commercial applicators.

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Uncertified Applicators

If you have never been certified as a private or commercial applicator (including registered technicians) and would like to obtain the information to do so, please review the information provided below for private and commercial applicators. Even if you choose not to become certified, you should still seek pesticide safety education to help you apply pesticides correctly. Many uncertified applicators attend our training courses and obtain our manuals for this purpose, yet never seek certification. Review the columns on each side of this paragraph for more information. To help you further, we also offer the following information:

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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.).

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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.

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Pesticide Businesses

For requirements of businesses involved with pesticide sale, use, or recommendation in Virginia.

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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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