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Individual Commercial and Non-Commercial Applicator License

Important Notices:
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.

The following section explains the steps required to obtain and maintain an Individual Commercial or Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. The following categories apply:

  • Agricultural Plants
  • Agricultural Animals
  • Aquatic Pest Control
  • Demonstration and Research
  • Forestry Pest Control
  • Public Health Pest Control
  • Right of Way
  • Wood Treatment

Who qualifies for an Individual Commercial Applicator License?
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.

Who qualifies for a Non-Commercial Applicator License?
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.

Note:  If you are a structural, household, and turf & ornamental (lawn care) applicator, please refer to the Regulatory Section.


Step 1 – Initial Certification:

You must take and pass the Basic Core Exam and the category specific exams required for the type license you need.

  • Training is not required before taking the exams but is available and recommended.
  • The Extension Pesticide Safety Education Specialist conducts approximately four training sessions per year for individuals needing to take the exams. The dates for these meetings vary from year to year, but they normally are conducted in March.

For Initial Certification Training Information:

For Testing Information:

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.

  • 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:

You must obtain an Individual Commercial or Non-Commercial Applicator License provided by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section:

First Timers:

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email an Individual Commercial Applicator Application Form (DP-30) or Non-Commercial Applicator Application Form (DP-27) once you have passed the required exams.  There are two options to submit an application form:

Option 1 – By Mail:

Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-30 or DP-27 along with the appropriate fee(s) (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-30 or DP-27 along with the appropriate fee(s) online.

Renewals:

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will mail or email a Renewal Individual Commercial Applicator Application Form (DP-30) or Non-Commercial Applicator Application Form (DP-27) in October or November of each year to all currently licensed applicators.  There are two options to submit an application form for renewal:

Option 1 – By Mail:

Make any corrections needed, complete any missing information, sign, date, and mail the DP-30 or DP-27 along with the appropriate fee(s) (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-30 or DP-27 along with the appropriate fee(s) online.

Please note an emailed application form cannot be accepted for the review process.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Pesticide Section will process your application for a license.  To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner be sure to provide ALL required information on the application form.  Incomplete applications will result in delays of the licensing process or refund of the application fee.  If you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the Pesticide Section at 501-225-1598.

A license will be issued and mailed or emailed to you, once the application review process is completed.  You can also view and print your license information online at this link, as long as you hold a current license.

Important Information Regarding Licensing:

  • The license will expire December 31st of each year.
  • An Individual Commercial Applicator is required to be employed by a license Firm.
  • A Non-Commercial Applicator is required to be employed by a company or government agency who applies restricted use pesticides.
  • 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.


Step 3 – Recertification and License Renewal:

Once you have obtained your certification and license you must attend Recertification Training at least once every three years in order to maintain your certification.  

For Recertification Training Information:

  • Contact the Pesticide Safety Education Specialist at (501) 671-2234.

Note: County Extension Agents do not provide the training for Individual Commercial and Non-Commercial Applicators.

Please note the “Additional Training Requirements” regarding Dicamba, Enlist One, and Enlist Duo Herbicides, listed in Step 1 – Initial Certification of this page, are required on an annual basis.

The Pesticide Section will mail or email a renewal application for a license in October or November of each year to all currently licensed applicators. If your certification is current, just follow the steps regarding Renewals of Step 2 – Licensing above.

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