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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


OSU Extension Wayne County has set up testing dates with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to allow private and commercial applicators to obtain a pesticide applicators license. To obtain a license, applicators must take and pass a core exam plus one or more specific category exam(s). The cost of a private applicator license is $30 and a commercial applicator license is $35. Testing sessions will be administered by ODA personnel at the Fisher Auditorium conference room from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 20, Thursday, February 19, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, April 22.

There are a limited amount of spaces available for each testing session.  Once the spaces are filled, the testing session is closed.  Register to reserve a spot: online at: .   Reservations can also be made by calling the ODA, Pesticide Division at (800) 282-1955, ext. 31. 

Anyone taking an exam will be required to show photo identification or some form of identification.

Private applicators are encouraged to obtain study materials from the Wayne County Extension office before taking the exam.  Our office tries to keep copies of some of the more commonly needed study materials on hand, but in some cases it may be necessary to order study materials.  Plan ahead; it will take 7-14 days for ordered materials to arrive.  In addition, some study materials are available on-line.

More information about study materials for private pesticide applicators can be found on-line at: .

Persons testing for a commercial applicator license should also obtain study materials before the exam date.  Study materials are sent by mail from the Ohio Department of Agriculture when an application for a commercial pesticide license is made.  More information about the commercial license procedure is available on-line at: .