New training options available for pesticide applicators in 2021

South Dakota State University Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Like many events over the past nine months, pesticide applicator training will look a bit different in 2021.

According to Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension pesticide education and urban entomology field specialist, current commercial pesticide applicator license holders have two ways to update their certification:

Take the online recertification course by registering with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (https://apps.sd.gov/doa/ecat3/

  • ). Applicators will need an email address that is unique to them in order to participate in the Training House course.
  • Re-take the exams for the categories they need to update. Most Extension offices that previously provided pesticide testing are open, but please call ahead to make a testing appointment as space may be limited. A list of offices providing exams and their contact information can be found at
https://bit.ly/2Xlhmvm
  • .

Commercial applicators that are not sure of their license number, categories or expiration date can search for their information using the SDDA commercial applicator database at https://apps.sd.gov/doa/cat/commercialsearch.aspx.

Private applicators (new and existing) also have more than one way to obtain or update their certification in 2021. They can:

Take the online certification course by registering with SDSU Extension (https://pat2021.questionpro.com/

  • ). Applicators will need an email address that is unique to them in order to participate in the Training House course.
  • Take the online private applicator exam via SDDA (
https://apps.sd.gov/doa/pwt/
  • ).

Attend the PAT Zoom on March 26, as part of the Crop Hour Regulatory Information and Pesticide Education Week (https://bit.ly/3btYqTg

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Private applicators that are not sure of their certification number or expiration date can search for their information using the SDDA private applicator database (https://apps.sd.gov/doa/cat/privatesearch.aspx).