MSU Extension agriculture and natural resources programs apply university research and resources to help agricultural producers and landowners increase profits, reduce loss, protect our food supply and sustain future resources.

The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program coordinates the certification needs of private (farm) applicators across the state. A private (farm) applicator is defined in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as an applicator that uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or his/her employer.

Schedule a test time with Jack at the Extension office. If this is your first time obtaining a license, the test will be open-book. If you are renewing your license, the test will be closed-book. If you would like, a self-paced pesticide training course to prepare for the exam can be found at the MDA website(select Self-Paced Initial Core Training from the drop-down menu.)

Training materials can be found online or can be picked up at the Extension office.

Pesticide Applicator Core Manual

Private Pesticide Certification Addendum

Pesticide Record Keeping Handbook (online version not available)

Recordkeeping for Private Pesticide Applicators in Montana