2021 Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification and Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Re-Certification Trainings 

Your Private Pesticide Applicator’s License was due to expire on March 31, 2021; however, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has extended the deadline for recertification to June 30, 2021.  You will have several options to recertify: 

Option 1:  Northeast Ohio Extension Offices are offering 4 live Webinars which include fertilizer, dates below. Sign up at this link: https://go.osu.edu/neopat21

Live Webinars Dates:

  1. Horticulture Specialization   Categories CORE, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Fertilizer    Date: February 4, 2021, Time: Daytime 10AM – 2PM  
  2. Normal/Agronomy                All categories, CORE and Fertilizer               Date: February 16, 2021, Time: Evening 5PM – 9PM 
  3. Normal/Agronomy                All categories, CORE and Fertilizer               Date: March 10, 2021, Time: Daytime 10AM – 2PM 
  4. Normal/Agronomy                All categories, CORE and Fertilizer               Date: April 7, 2021, Time: Daytime 10AM – 2PM 


Option 2: Online training anytime at Ohio State University- Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) available after January 11th, 2021 -https://pested.osu.edu/OnlineRecertPrivate  

Currently, we are not able to offer face to face training sessions for recertification. We will communicate to you when and if this becomes a safe possibility in 2021. All pesticide categories are available for applicator recertification, as well as the training for Fertilizer recertification.  

The registration fee for recertification is $35/per person for both the online version and the webinar courses that we are offering for private pesticide applicator re-certification training. There is an additional $10 fee for the Fertilizer re-certification training. For the Extension Webinars, you will have the option to pay by Credit Card or Check.

Additionally, remember you will need to send $30.00, along with your renewal form, back to ODA to secure your license. The registration is done online using either the PSEP link for online or the Webinar link for all webinar trainings. To complete these trainings, each applicator will need to have access to their own computer. If this is a problem, please contact your OSU Extension educator to discuss alternative options.  


Pesticide applicator recordkeeping form

Pesticide Resources:

Pesticide License Information Website from Ohio Department of Agriculture user can check status of recertification credits and do other searches on this page.

Pesticide License Renewal Form for Private Applicators

Pesticide License Change of Information Form

ODA Pesticide Regulations

ODA Fertilizer Regulations


Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program Study Materials

Click here to view the study materials for taking the ODA Commercial or Private Applicator's License Exam. Click on the Commercial Applicator or Private Applicator tabs near the top of the page and choose study materials in the drop down list.




Need to Add a Category or Re-Take the Test?

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be holding testing clinics.  For the locations and to register for a test click here  https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticid...


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