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Private Applicator Certification FAQs | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Private Applicator Certification FAQs

Who is Required to Have Private Applicator Certification?

  • Anyone that applies a pesticide other than a restricted use pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity that has a gross sales potential of exceeding $1,000 to land one owns or rents.
  • Anyone that applies a pesticide other than a restricted use pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity that has a gross sales potential of exceeding $1,000 to land owned or rented by the applicator’s employer.
  • Anyone that applies or purchases a Restricted Use Pesticide.
  • Anyone that applies any pesticide for someone else and not compensated other than trading of services between agricultural producers.

Am I Required to Obtain Further Training and Certification for Predator Control Devices?

  • To use cyanide capsule predator control devices (M-44) it is required that you attend a training course approved by the Department of Agriculture and complete a written examination, scoring at least 70%. Certification necessary to use these devices must be renewed every two- (2) years. Additional record keeping requirements (Link to Private Applicator Record Keeping) apply to applicators using cyanide capsule predator control devices (M-44).

How Do I Obtain a Private Applicator Certification?

  • Private Pesticide Certification can be obtained by attending a training course provided by the SD Cooperative Extension Service or completing an open book examination.
  • Private Pesticide Certification may also be obtained by completing the “Private Applicator Web Training” found on the internet.
  • If you are a PRIVATE pesticide aerial applicator, you must completed the Private Aerial Pesticide Applicator Application form.

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