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The Montana Department of Agriculture approves all trainings for pesticide applicators and dealers regardless of location and license type. Generally, over 400 trainings are approved for Continuing Education Credits (CEs) each year. Some are sponsored by MDA, many are sponsored by industry, professional organizations, online training institutions, universities, and more.

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Initial Trainings for Pesticide Applicators and Dealers

MDA offers initial training courses to prepare for examination on the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and specific categories each year to provide new applicators and dealers information about laws and regulations, licensing processes, pest management, pesticide labeling, pesticide formulations, personal protective equipment, pesticide safety, and use and pesticides in the environment. Initial trainings are OPTIONAL and are not required to obtain a pesticide license. After completing each training, attendees will have the option to take the exams. There is a fee to attend trainings but there is no fee for examination.

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Farmers, ranchers, landowners and their employees seeking to apply restricted-use pesticides on farm-owned crops or land can become certified applicators by:

Private applicators have a 5-year renewal schedule and must obtain 6 CEs in that period. An applicator can attend any MDA APPROVED training found in the MTPlants Pesticide Course Locator approved for "Private Applicators." Credits may vary. This is the official list of approved trainings and is updated frequently. Each individual is responsible for monitoring and obtaining the necessary credits within the recertification period.

License renewals occur by region. The chart below shows the renewal schedule. To view a Recertification Region chart, visit the MSU Extension Private Applicator Training Program website and click on the Recertification Cycle tab.

Click here to download the Recertification Renewal Scheduled (PDF format).

Recertification for Applicators and Dealers

Commercial, Non-Commercial, Government, and Special Utility pesticide appl icators and dealers have a 4-year recertification cycle. The recertification and renewal chart below contains recertification periods for each licensed category. There are two ways to requalify:

  • Pass the complete licensing examination series again, or
  • Attend 12 hours of training approved in your license category before the recertification period ends. An applicator can attend any MDA APPROVED training found in the MTPlants Pesticide Course Locator. Credits may vary. This is the official list of approved trainings and is updated frequently. Each individual is responsible for monitoring and obtaining the necessary credits within the recertification period.

Click here to download the Recertification Renewal Scheduled (PDF format).

General Training Information Frequently Asked Questions

No. Trainings are optional. You may purchase study manuals, prepare on your own time, then schedule with one of our offices to take your test(s).

Most people prepare to take their tests before the spray season starts. However, you can test any time during the year. Walk-in testing is available in our Helena office, 302 N Roberts, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All other MDA offices are by appointment.

Credits are approved for each training course and announced in the Training List on MTPlants. Each training can be approved for a different number of credits or can be for different license categories. Check this information before you register. In general, 50 minutes of qualified material will equal 1 CE. The maximum number of credits available for a single training is 6 CEs.

It is the applicator’s responsibility to check each training for the approved license categories before they register or attend. No credits will be given to the applicator if the license category was not approved.

Online training is available through multiple outside vendors and is listed in our approved courses list. Fees range from FREE to $25 per credit, depending on the sponsor. Up to 6 CEs per category will be approved per recertification cycle. You may take as many online trainings as you wish; however, only 6 credits will count toward your required 12 credits. Training credits take approximately 30 days to be reflected on your training summary.

Your recertification cycle is a 4-year cycle for continuing education. It is a set schedule based on license category, not on when you received your license. The schedule can be found under the "Commercial, Non-Commercial, Government, Special Utility Applicators & Dealers" tab on this page.

By using the Pesticide Business/Applicator Search feature on MTPlants. For assistance or additional information, contact the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

License renewal forms are mailed to current licensed individuals by mid-October. To renew your license you can return a signed renewal form along with payment or you can go to (insert new link). License renewals are processed as they are received so you do not need to wait until January 1 of the next year to renew. A late fee is applied to all renewals received after March 1.

Montana may offer reciprocity with other states on a case-by-case basis. Please call Dan Reimer at 406-444-4900 or email DReimer2@mt.gov for more information.

If your license is current, you may call our office at 406-444-5400 to request a replacement license.

Course Approval for Continuing Education Credits

An organization, association, industry group, state or other agency can submit a training course for consideration for Montana Continuing Education credits (CEs). All trainings must meet the Standards for Training. Montana accepts submittals for online trainings and webinars!

Training Standards

All approved trainings must meet the minimum standards as prescribed by the Montana Pesticide Act and 40CRF Click here to view the Training Standards for Core & Categories for Montana Applicators & Dealers (PDF format). These are the standards used to assess CEs for all trainings submitted to the Department for approval and are the basis for credit determination.

Submitting a Training for Credit Review

All course approvals will be conducted by MDA through our database portal, MTPlants. Click HERE for complete instructions on how to submit a training for credit review.

We offer training and support to assist sponsors in the transition to the MTPlants system. If you are interested, please contact Jolene Roszel, Training Specialist, at 406-444-3732 or jwarnke-roszel@mt.gov.

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