Federal and state law states a private pesticide applicator must be certified and licensed to buy, use, or supervise the use of a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) to produce an agricultural commodity on property they own or rent, or on an employer’s property if the applicator is an employee of the farmer. No pesticide license is needed if the applicator will only be applying General Use Pesticides (GUPs) or if you hire a commercial applicator to apply RUPs to your property.
1. Traditional training sessions
Nine private pesticide applicator training sessions have been scheduled in the area for 2020:
The dates and times for some local trainings are:
Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm – Kimmel Education Center, Nebraska City
Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm– Kimmel Ag-Expo Center, Syracuse
Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm – Expo Center, Cass County Fairgrounds, Weeping Water
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm – Lancaster Extension Office (444 Cherrycreek Rd.), Lincoln
Monday, March 9 at 6:00 pm – Lancaster Extension Office (444 Cherrycreek Rd.), Lincoln
Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00 am – Lancaster Extension Office (444 Cherrycreek Rd.), Lincoln
- Alternative dates are found at pested.unl.edu
A $40 Extension program fee will be collected at the training session (make checks out to Lancaster County Extension). When NDA receives your application from the Extension office, they will mail you an invoice for the $25 NDA license fee. Note: We cannot collect the $25 license fee at the training session. However, the NDA does allow you to pay by credit card on their Web site after you receive your invoice for the license fee. You can pay the license fee online at: www.nda.nebraska.gov/online/applicator.html
You should receive your new license within three weeks following the training session, depending on how quickly you pay the license fee. The license is good for three years, expiring on April 15, 2023 for those who certify this spring.
2. Online Certification
The online training can be found at https://psep.education/applicator/. This is an online, self-paced training with 10 modules. There are questions within the modules and a score of 100% is needed to proceed to next module. The cost of the online training is $75.
You should receive your new license within two weeks after returning your license fee to the NDA office. The license is good for three years, expiring on April 15, 2023 for those who certify this spring.
3. Testing-Only Option
The third option is to take a written examination given by the NDA. There is no training fee if you choose this option but you still need to pay the $25 NDA license fee. Please contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 402-472-2351 for testing dates.
4. Certify at a Crop Production Clinic
The fourth option is to attend and participate in a Crop Production Clinic conducted by Nebraska Extension. Clinic fee is $80 per applicator. As with all certification options, you will be billed a $25 NDA license fee.
The nearest Crop Production Clinics are January 10th in Beatrice, January 14th in York, or January 15th in Mead. More information and registration: https://agronomy.unl.edu/cpc
More pesticide safety and education information can be found at http://pested.unl.edu/