Certified Pesticide Applicators

Certified Applicator Spraying PesticideAlaska state regulations (18 AAC 90.300) require pesticide applicators to be licensed and certified in order to:

  • Use, or supervise the use of, any pesticide for commercial purposes (on property other than the applicator’s)
  • Provide information or consultation about commercial pesticide use
  • Use, or supervise the use of, a pesticide at a school or public place
  • Use, supervise the use of, purchase, or sell any restricted-use pesticide

Applicators must be at least 18 years of age. Certification is valid for up to three years.

Helpful Fact Sheets:

Becoming Certified

Applicators must be certified in the appropriate category for the type of work they plan to do. To become certified, applicators must successfully pass the required examination, pay a $25 fee, and provide proof of insurance.

We highly recommend that applicators study the materials and manuals on their own. See our Study Materials page for a detailed description of each category, along with links to the required study materials and manuals. Applicators may also choose to attend a training course offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Cooperative Extension Service.

Examinations are administered by the Cooperative Extension Service. Please see their schedule. If there is no Cooperative Extension office near you, contact the DEC Pesticides Control Program to arrange for an alternate proctor by calling 907-376-1870.

Contact numbers for Alaska Cooperative Extension Offices

Statewide Information (Delta Junction Office)




Delta Junction/Kodiak












Recertification for Currently Certified Applicators

Applicators may renew their certification either by successfully passing the required exam, or by completing at least 12 approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Applicators are also required pay a $25 fee and provide proof of insurance before recertification will be issued.

Exams may be arranged either through the Cooperative Extension or the DEC Pesticide Program, as described above.

To obtain recertification through CEUs, all coursework must be completed prior to expiration of the current certification. If certification has been expired for three months or more, the applicant may not be recertified through CEUs. They can obtain new certification by passing the Core Exam and at least one Category Exam. CEUs are available through a variety of classes, conferences, meetings, and online courses. ONLY the CEUs listed below are approved and will apply towards recertification. To recertify by CEU, please complete the CEU Re-Certification Application (PDF 62K) and mail it, along with the $25 fee and proof of insurance, to:

Mariah Jerman
ADEC Pesticide Control Program
1700 E. Bogard Rd
Bldg B, Suite 103
Wasilla, AK 99654

The Cooperative Extension Service holds an annual Alaska Certified Applicator Conference every Spring. Currently certified applicators can obtain up to 6 CEUs by attending this course. Please contact the Cooperative Extension Service at the numbers listed above for more information or to be placed on the mailing list for future conferences.

Online Courses:Certified Applicator's Truck

The following companies offer online courses for one CEU per course. Each company website will include information about which courses are approved in Alaska for credit towards renewing your pesticide applicator certification:


Seminars, Conferences and Workshops:

Pesticide Safety Education Program - UAF Cooperative Extension Service