Who Needs a Private Applicator License?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies pesticides as either "general use" or "restricted use".  General use pesticides are less likely to harm the use or the environment (when following the label) and anyone can buy and use them.  Restricted use pesticide generally can cause more user or environmental harm when not use as director.  A license and continuing education are required to use restricted use pesticide.  Common examples of restricted use pesticides are Tordon and Rozol.

How do I get a Private Applicator License?

There are two ways to become certified for the first time:

  1. Test - Purchase the Pesticide Applicator Handbook ($20) to study and then schedule a time to take the test with the County Extension Agent.
  2. Initial Pesticide Applicator Training - Receive the Pesticide Applicator Handbook ($20) and attend an all day training to receive your license and group test.  Usually offered once a year in the region.  Training fee may apply.

How much does the license cost?

The Montana Department of Agriculture will prorate the cost of the licenses depending on the year within the cycle.  If you receive your license in 2016, the cost is $40.

How many credits to do need to recertify and how much time to I have?

Broadwater County is in region 2.  All licenses in our region will expire on December 31, 2019.  You must acquire six (6) credits by the end of the cycle to recertify.  These can be obtained by attending a program, online (maximum of 2 credits) or by taking a closed book test at the end of the cycle.

Where can I found more information?

An in-depth explanation can be found at the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program.

I heard there might be changes coming to the Montana Private Applicator Program. What can you tell me?

The EPA has proposed revisions to rules governing pesticide applicators.  The comment period ended in January and we are still waiting for the final ruling.  Once the EPA finalizes the revisions, each state will be given a period of time to make the adjustments.  Until then, we will operate as normal!