Certified Applicators and Operators

Certified Commercial Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual, whether or not he is a private applicator with respect to some uses, who is certified by the director as authorized to use, supervise the use of, or determine the need for the use of, any pesticide, whether classified for restricted use or for general use, while engaged in the business of using pesticides on the lands of another as a direct service to the public in exchange for a fee or compensation.

Certified Noncommercial Applicators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual, whether or not he is a private applicator with respect to some uses, who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use only on lands owned or rented by the applicator or their employer.

Certified Public Operators are defined by the Missouri Pesticide Use Act as: Any individual who is certified by the director as authorized to use, or to supervise the use of, any pesticide which is classified for restricted use in the performance of their duties as an official or employee of any agency of the state of Missouri or any political subdivision thereof, or any other governmental agency.

To become certified as one of the above applicators or operators, the applicant is required to pass the state pesticide certification examinations. The applicant is required to pass the General Standards of Competence (CORE) examination and at least one of the category examinations listed below. The applicant should choose the category exam(s) based on their area of expertise.

Applicants must submit a completed Certified Applicator and Pesticide Dealer Application to the Bureau of Pesticide Control to make a reservation to take the certification examinations. Study manuals may be purchased from the University of Missouri Extension Publications office by mailing in a completed manual order form or by calling (800) 292-0969.

After passing the required exams and depending on the type of license for which the applicant is applying, there are additional requirements the applicant will have to meet. For example:

To apply for a Certified Commercial Applicators license, the applicant must submit:

If the applicant applies for a Certified Commercial Applicators license in Category 7A, Category 7B, or Category 7C the applicant will be required to submit evidence of valid experience using pesticides (in these categories) while under the direct supervision of a Certified Commercial Applicator or evidence of their college credits in Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, or Entomology by submitting a copy of their college transcript.

To apply for a Certified Noncommercial Applicators license in any category the applicant must submit:

To apply for a Certified Public Operators license in any category the applicant must submit:

License expiration and renewal:

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has entered into formal reciprocal agreements with the following states:

Reciprocity allows an applicant to apply for a Missouri license based on their certification in another state without having to take and pass the Missouri certification examinations.

To apply for a Certified Applicator license in Missouri through reciprocity, the applicant must:

For further information contact the Pesticide Program.