Private Applicator Certificate Details

Private Applicator Certificate

General Info - Statewide Certification

Maryland certification for a person who uses a restricted use pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or applicator's employer.

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    Approval time

  • $7.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Certification

Ready to get your certification? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Must be 16 years old or older.

  2. Pass (with a score of at least 70%) an examination given by the department.

Apply for the Certification

  • Online Application

    Complete the form

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  • Download form

    Download the application .PDF file

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Maintaining Your Certification

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Certification (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Certification/stay in good standing)

  1. Demonstrating knowledge of pesticide use by participating, within the 12 months before expiration of the current certificate, in a training course approved by the Department.


Certification Issuer - Information

Who issues the certification?

Department of Agriculture

Contact Information

Pesticide Regulation Section


Tel: (410) 841-5710 / Fax: (410) 841-2765

Work hours:


Why the Certification is required?

The Pesticide Regulation Section administers Maryland's Pesticide Applicator's Law, approves training courses in the handling, storage and use of pesticides, conducts examinations to determine that pesticide applicators are competent to follow prescribed pest control practices, enforces federal laws on the sale and use of pesticides, and investigates pesticide accidents or incidents and consumer complaints on pesticide misuse.

Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Department of Agriculture the legal authority to issue this approval?