The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is the authority regulating pesticide use in Minnesota. The MDA certifies applicators as competent and qualified to obtain a license by initial testing; applicators whom the MDA deem as qualified may obtain a pesticide applicator license. The MDA issues different license types with specific categories depending on the intended application site.
Commercial pesticide applicator licenses are for pesticide applicators who apply any pesticide (including herbicides) “for hire”. For hire means you charge or invoice for the service. To become licensed an applicant must:
Noncommercial licenses are for all pesticide applicators that apply restricted use pesticides (RUP) as part of their job on property owned or controlled by their employer. Any pesticide application done to a golf course whether RUP or general use must be done by a licensed applicator. To become licensed an applicant must:
Structural Pest Control Applicator licenses are for applicators that apply pesticides on or in structures. See Structural Pest Control Requirements. To become licensed an applicant must:
*To become licensed as a Master, the applicator must work for 2 years as a Journeyman.
Structural Pest Control Company licenses are for companies that employ a Master and Journeyman applicator. See Structural Pest Control Requirements. To become licensed a company must:
Private applicators apply pesticides to lands or sites they own, rent, or manage for the production of an agricultural commodity. Typically farmers and their families who wish to apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) to their land can apply for a Private Certification with MDA. See Private Applicator Certification
Questions regarding a pesticide applicator license call 651-201-6615 or email Pesticide.Licensing@state.mn.us