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Licensing & Permits

Pesticide Applicator Licensing, Dealer Licensing and Permits

In Arkansas, the licensing of pesticide applicators is the responsibility of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section. The required safety training, also known as Certification or Recertification, is provided by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas.



These are the basic types of pesticide applicators:

Private Applicators: are certified applicators who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities on property owned or rented by them or their employer. This does not include the home gardener. Restricted use pesticides are not labeled for use on home gardens. To be eligible for a Private Applicator License one must be a producer of an agricultural commodity.

Commercial Applicators: are certified applicators who apply pesticides for hire for any purpose or on property other than that specified for defining private applicators. This includes aerial and ground applicators.

Commercial Applicator Technician: are applicators who use restricted use pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified Commercial Applicator.

Non-Commercial Applicators: are certified applicators who use restricted use pesticides for their employer and not for hire basis. They do not qualify as a Private Applicator nor require a Commercial Applicators License. Examples: city employees, researchers, Extension Agents, chemical company representative, etc.


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