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Title: Private Pesticide Applicator Certification
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Description: Private pesticide applicators are certified through a program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Minnesota Extension.
Subject: Pesticides
Creation Date: 9/15/2008 12:35:13 PM
Modification Date: 7/11/2019 2:38:22 PM
Agency Name: Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Agency Phone: 651-201-6000
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
625 N. Robert Street

St. Paul
Division Name: Pesticide and Fertilizer Management
Division URL:
Division Description:
Division Phone: Division Fax: Division URL:
Unit Name: Pesticide Applicator Testing and Private Certification
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-201-6633
Unit Fax: Contact person(s):
Unit URL:
Audience: Application URL:
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Qualifications for a Private Pesticide Applicator Certification

To purchase Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) you must present the name and certification number of the certified applicator. To be qualified as a Private Pesticide Applicator you must be performing pesticide applications:

  • to farmed agricultural commodity land that is owned, rented or managed by you or your family OR
  • if you are one of two or fewer employees working that land

In addition:

  • pass application and certification requirements provided by the University of Minnesota Extension
  • hold a certification card from the MDA


Private Pesticide Applicator Certification 

Private pesticide applicators - University of Minnesota Extension

Rules: 1505.0980

Statutes: 18B.36


Application for Duplicate Applicator License / Certification


Certification fee -  $75

Period of Issuance:

From date of issuance through March 1 of the third calendar year following certification.

Length of Determination: Approximately 1-4 weeks.
Other Info:
Activity: License Detail URL:

Private Pesticide Applicator Certification

Private Pesticide Applicators - University of Minnesota Extension

Private Applicator Lookup

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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