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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification

Minnesota has more than 17,000 certified Private Pesticide Applicators. These applicators generally are farmers or other persons producing an agricultural commodity and using restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) to control insects, diseases, weeds or other pests in their production operation.

Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Qualifications

To purchase Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) you must present your certification card. To be qualified as a Private Pesticide Applicators you must be performing pesticide applications

  • to farmed agricultural commodity land that is owned, rented or managed by you or your family or
  • if you are one of two or fewer employees working that land
  • pass application and certification requirements provided by the University of Minnesota Extension
  • hold a certification card from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

How to obtain Certification

How to obtain Fumigation Endorsement

Additional Information

Contact Us

    Please contact the Licensing & Certification Unit at 651-201-6633 or email us at Pesticide.Licensing@state.mn.us