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WSDA Pesticide Licensing

June 23, 2021 Update on Private Applicator Pesticide License Testing

WSU Okanogan County Extension will be proctoring Private Applicator Pesticide License tests at the Extension Office in Okanogan in 2021. Due to limited facilities and the need to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, individuals wishing to take the test are asked to call ahead of time to make an appointment.  To schedule your appointment call Kellie at 509-422-7245.

Tests are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month.  Testing begins at 8:00 am; anyone showing up late to a scheduled test will not be admitted. The following COVID-19 safety protocol will be followed: masks are required to be worn during testing and 6ft, physical distancing will be strictly enforced. Testers need to be prepared for their temperature to be taken and will be asked to sign an attestation stating they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You will be expected to turn off your cell phone upon being seated.

The cost for testing is $58.00 and can be paid by check or money order only, payable to WSDA.  Cash will not be accepted. Retesting costs $25.00.

Study materials for all pesticide tests are available at the Extension Office, however we only proctor the Private Applicator tests.  The contact number for other tests is 1-877-301-4555.  For further information, visit the WWDA Pesticide Licensing website at http://www.agr.wa.gov.

There are three licenses that are available for the Private Applicator.

Standard Private Applicator

The Private Applicator license allows the holder to apply or supervise applications of “restricted use” pesticides on their own or employer’s land (rented also) which produces an agricultural commodity (e.g., farmers, foresters, greenhouse or nursery operators.)  Note:  Pesticides include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, and other products that control, repel, or destroy pests.  (Applications of aquatic pesticides to water that moves off the agricultural property requires the aquatic endorsement.) This license requires a $33 annual fee.  The license holder is required to obtain 20 recertification credits in a five year period, with no more than 10 to be credited in a one year period.

Limited Private Applicator

The Limited Private Applicator license allows the holder to supervise and apply restricted use herbicides on non-production agricultural land that includes pastures, rangeland, fencerows and area around farm buildings.  The use of aquatic herbicides is NOT allowed.  Noxious weed control in mixed rangeland-timber areas is permissible for the sole purpose of controlling weeds designated for mandatory control under state or local regulations.  Herbicide applications to control any other type of competing vegetation on forest lands for the purpose of improving timber growth or survival is not permissible.  The licensee can use no other type of restricted use pesticides, including insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides, unless they are supervised by a traditionally licensed Private Applicator. This license requires a $33.00 fee, good for five years.  Eight recertification credits are required by the end of the five-year license/recertification cycle.  All credits must be directly or indirectly related to weed control.

Rancher Private Applicator

The Rancher Private Applicator license allows the use and supervision of restricted use herbicides and rodenticides on non-production agricultural land, as with the Limited Private Applicator license, and on production agricultural land where grain and hay are grown primarily for personal use.  (Up to 10% of the grain and/or hay grown may be sold and then only within the county of production.)  The licensee can use no other type of restricted use pesticide including aquatic herbicides or insecticides, unless they are supervised by a traditionally licensed Private Applicator. This license requires a $100.00 fee, good for the five years.  Twelve recertification credits are required by the end of the five-year license/recertification cycle.

The Limited and Rancher Private Applicator licenses have no restrictions on the number of credits earned/year although all the credits for the Limited Private Applicator license must be directly or indirectly related to weed control.

The Private Applicator Pesticide Education Manual EM020 is the study guide for the Private Applicator, Limited and Rancher Private Applicator test. If you purchase this manual to study for either the Limited or Rancher Private Applicator license, it is recommended that you study all parts of the Private Applicator Pesticide Education Manual (MISC0126) EXCEPT the following sections:

“How Organophosphate or Carbamate Insecticides Poison”

“Management of Insects and Mites”

“Plant Diseases and Plant Health”

The cost for testing is $58.00 and can be paid by check or money order only, payable to WSDA.  Cash will not be accepted. Retesting costs $25.00.

Study materials for all pesticide tests are available at the Extension Office, however we only proctor the Private Applicator tests.  The contact number for other tests is 1-877-301-4555.  For further information, visit the WWDA Pesticide Licensing website at http://www.agr.wa.gov

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported to your local Extension office. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may contact WSU Okanogan County Extension, PO Box 391, 1234 S. 2nd Ave., Okanogan, WA 99840, (509) 422-7245 or kellie.conn@wsu.edu at least 5 days before the program.