SDSU Extension’s private pesticide applicator certification class schedule released |

SDSU Extension’s private pesticide applicator certification class schedule released

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota State University Extension staff will offer 56 classes for private pesticide applicator certification and recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, across South Dakota.

Private applicator class dates, times and locations can be found by visiting, and clicking on “Private Pesticide Applicator Certification/Recertification Class Schedule” under the “Happening Now” section.

If you plan to apply pesticides to an agricultural commodity worth $1,000 or more, you will need to be certified. Private pesticide applicator certifications are valid for five years, not to be confused with the commercial pesticide applicator license which is valid for two years.

During the classes, SDSU Extension staff will cover South Dakota rules and regulations on applying pesticides. Depending on location, staff will also discuss drift management, how to read a pesticide label and how to calibrate a sprayer, and will give a regional pest management update.

Individuals have three options to receive certification:

Attend a three hour class at any certification site;

Stop by a local SDSU Extension office or regional Extension center and pick up the materials to complete the open-book home-study exam;

Take the private applicator exam online at SDDA’s website:

There is no charge for attending the private applicator class or taking the open-book home-study exam to become certified or recertified as a private pesticide applicator.

If you have questions, please contact the SDDA Agricultural Services division at 605.773.4027 or visit for more information.

–SDSU Extension

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