Minnesota has more than 18,000 certified private pesticide applicators. These applicators are farmers who use restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) to control insect and weed pests as they produce their crops and other agricultural goods.

Private pesticide applicators are certified through a program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The three-year certification costs $50 and expires on March 1 of the third year following certification. Once they are certified, applicators may purchase and use RUPs. State law also requires pesticide dealers to record all sales of restricted-use products to private pesticide applicators. Private applicators must obtain a Fumigation Endorsement in addition to their Private Pesticide Applicator Certification to purchase and apply fumigants.

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Note: There are very few applicators presently endorsed for fumigation.
         

Training Opportunities

As part of the state certification program, applicators receive ongoing training. The Extension Service conducts this training at the local level through voluntary workshops and distribution of training manuals.

For more information about local training workshops, please contact your local county extension office, call 800-318-8636 to locate the extension office in your county, or check the PAT web site for a schedule of private applicator training opportunities.