SDSU Extension 2024 Private Pesticide Applicator Training Dates Set

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University Extension’s 2024 winter and spring private pesticide applicator certification training sessions are set.

The live trainings are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST/12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MT on Jan. 22, Feb. 7, March 13 and April 10, 2024. Participants can attend online via Zoom or in person at SDSU Extension regional centers and registered locations across the state.

Each training is divided into six sessions, with topics including laws and regulations, labels, weeds, insects, disease, climate and online recertification. To register, visit and search “private applicator”.

There is no fee for a private applicator certification, which is valid for three years and expires on the last day of February.

If unable to attend a live session, private applicators can also get certified by passing a proctored exam at one of South Dakota’s county testing offices, or by completing an online course. For the list of county offices or to register for the online course, visit The online course is open until Oct. 31, 2024.

Certification is required before an individual can legally purchase or use restricted-use pesticides. A producer who has the potential of producing more than $1,000 of an agricultural commodity must be certified to use any pesticide.

“It’s recertification season! For all of you that need to get your private applicator’s license for the first time or get your existing license recertified, SDSU Extension is pleased to offer multiple routes that will meet your individual needs,” said Stephen Robertson, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Field Specialist. “I look forward to serving you all. Let’s have a safe and productive season.”

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the lead agency administering the pesticide certification program required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. SDSU Extension partners with DANR to offer training programs. The DANR maintains a searchable database of private applicators.

For more information, contact Stephen Robertson, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Field Specialist, at 605-688-5550 or

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