New applicators will need to complete an application, pay a $30 license fee, and register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture at go.osu.edu/pesticideexam. Applications and fees may be submitted after applicators pass the exam.
Study materials may be purchased at your local OSU Extension office or found online at pested.osu.edu. Contact the Jefferson County Extension office with questions. This testing session includes exams for both private and commercial applicators.
A private applicator applies restricted-use pesticides on his/her own land, or rented land, and produces an agricultural commodity. A commercial applicator applies pesticides for hire, on publicly accessible sites such as golf courses, apartment complexes, restaurants, schools, or while working for a government agency. Recertification will need to be completed once every 3 years.