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Information about Becoming a Certified Pesticide Applicator

Alaska state regulations 18 AAC 90.300 (PDF)require you to be a Certified Pesticide Applicator for:

  • Commercial application If you use, or supervise the use of pesticides on property other than your own, this is “custom, commercial, or contract” application, and requires certification.
  • Consultation If you provide information or consultation about commercial pesticide use, you must be certified.
  • Schools If you use, or supervise the use of pesticides at a school, you must be certified.
  • Public places If you use, or supervise the use of pesticides at a public place, including parks, common areas of apartment buildings, or government offices, you must be certified.
  • Restricted-Use Pesticides If you use, purchase, or sell any RUPs, you must be certified.

Requirements for Initial Certification

To become a State of Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicator operator you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Pass the Core Exam with a score of 70% or higher.
  3. Pass at least one Category Exam with a score of 70% or higher.
  4. Submit proof of liability insurance to DEC. (Unless you designate as a Private Applicator)
  5. Submit $25 fee to DEC.

Certification is valid for one, two, or three years depending on test scores.

Becoming a Designated Private Applicator

A Designated Private Applicator does not have to provide proof of insurance. These individuals may only apply pesticides on property that they own or lease. This limitation is stated in writing on the Certified Pesticide Applicator card.

A person may not become a Designated Private Applicator for the following categories:

  • Category 6: Aquatic Pest Control - surface waters, including lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, or wetlands are considered waters of the state, and are not owned by individuals.
  • Category 15: Soil Fumigation - per definition, a person may not become a Designated Private Applicator for application of fumigants
  • Category 16: Non-Soil Fumigation - per definition, a person may not become a Designated Private Applicator for application of fumigants.

To become a Designated Private Applicator, submit the Designated Private Pesticide Applicator Request (DOC) form instead of proof of insurance.