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Commercial Applicator Technician License
Please read for changes regarding the Certification and Licensing Program.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is in the process of going paperless and updating the licensing database. This may cause delays in the licensing process. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information.
If you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at (501) 225-1598.
Commercial Applicator Technician License
The following section explains the steps required to obtain and maintain a Commercial Applicator Technician’s License.
Who qualifies for a Commercial Applicator Technician License?
Applicators who use restricted use pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed Individual Commercial Applicator.
The following is required to obtain a Commercial Applicator Technician (CAT) License:
Step 1 – Training:
The appropriate training to be eligible for a CAT License is required to be completed each year.
- Visit the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service website for training information.
Note: Testing is not required to obtain a CAT License.
Additional Training requirements:
- Arkansas Training and Certification Program for Non-Crop Use of Dicamba Herbicides
Any applicator planning to apply dicamba to non-dicamba crops, pasture and rangeland, or for burndown use will need to first complete the online training provided by the Cooperative Extension Services. Even if applicators have held this certificate in prior seasons, annual renewal is required by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. For more information visit the UAEX Website.
- Arkansas Training and Certification Program for Enlist One and Enlist Duo Herbicides
Any applicator planning to apply Enlist formulations to labeled crops will need to first complete the online Enlist training provided by the Cooperative Extension Services. Even if applicators have held this certificate in prior seasons, annual renewal is required by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. For more information visit the UAEX Website.
- In-Crop Use of New Dicamba Herbicide Formulations In-Person Training
Any applicator planning to apply new Dicamba formulations (Engenia, Fexapan, Tavium, or Xtendimax) before May 26th & in-crop will need to first complete an in-person company training. Applicators can attend any company dicamba training regardless of which new formulation they intend on applying. Even if applicators have held this certificate in prior seasons, annual renewal is required by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. For more information visit the Pesticide Section Dicamba Updates Website.
Step 2 – Licensing:
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email a Commercial Applicator Technician Application Form (DP-28) once proof of training has been received. There are two options for submitting an application form for the license:
Option 1 – By Mail:
Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-28 (submitted to you) along with the appropriate fee (check or money order) to:
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section
#1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205.
Make check/money order payable to:
Arkansas State Plant Board
Option 2 – Online:
Go to Pesticide Section Forms Website, scroll down to “Application Forms and Associated Fees to be Submitted Online” and follow the instructions on how to complete and submit the DP-28 along with the appropriate fee online.
Please note an emailed application form cannot be accepted for the review process.
To ensure the application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form DP-28. Incomplete applications will result in delays of the licensing process or a refund of the application fee. A license will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.
Important Information Regarding Licensing:
- The license will expire December 31st of each year.
- To be eligible for a Commercial Applicator Technician License the DP-28 form needs to be submitted within 4 months of the training date.
- A Commercial Applicator Technician is required to be employed by a licensed Firm Commercial Applicator and under direct supervision of a certified and license Individual Commercial Applicator.
- From this point on, the issued license number will be permanently assigned to you. You can view the information online at the License Search & Verification link.
If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at (501) 225-1598.