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Golf Course Pesticide Applicator Requirements

The 2001 Minnesota Legislature required that any pesticide application made to golf course property must be made by an applicator licensed in the appropriate pesticide use category see Minnesota Statute 18B.345 .  Beginning 2002, only a pesticide applicator licensed in the appropriate use category can make an application of general use or restricted use pesticides to grounds, water or structures on golf course property.

  • Applications made by employees to greens, fairways, plants and other ground areas require an applicator be licensed as a noncommercial applicator in Categories A (Core) and E (Turf and Ornamentals).
  • Applications made to water or vegetation in water require an applicator be licensed in Categories A (Core) and F (Aquatic). Other types of pesticide application may require certification in other use categories.
  • Pesticide applicator tests are specific for each use category and are offered in MDA's St. Paul office and Greater Minnesota locations.
  • Study materials are available through the University of Minnesota Bookstore at 612-627-0108.
  • The applicator also must complete an application form, provide proof of financial responsibility (if applying for a commercial license) and pay the fees.
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