Changes to Private Applicator Testing effective July 1

Farm Forum

Pierre, S.D.- As of July 1, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Private Web Testing program will be SDDA and SDSU Extension’s primary option for private applicator certification and recertification. The program is available at

“Certification and recertification will also still be available by attending one of the winter private applicator trainings held by SDSU Extension,” said pesticide applicator certification and licensing specialist Valerie Mitchell. “Individuals who picked up a paper, take-home private applicator exam prior to July 1, 2016 may still submit their answer form to SDDA for grading. However, the take-home exam is no longer an option.”

For more information, please contact SDDA’s Agricultural Services Division at 605.773.4005.