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.
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.
Save the Dates
- 2017 Fall Recertification Training of Applicators and Dealers
- October 24, 2017: Hampton Inn Southgate Drive, Billings
- October 25, 2017: Cottonwood Inn, Glasgow
- October 26, 2017: MSU Great Falls Heritage Hall, Great Falls
- October 27, 2017: Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena
- November 13, 2017: Hilton Garden Inn, Kalispell
- November 14, 2017: Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula
- November 15, 2017: Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman
- More dates coming soon!
Click here to download the Upcoming Pesticide Applicator Trainings Schedule (PDF format).
Recertification for Applicators and Dealers
Commercial, Non-Commercial, Government, and Special Utility pesticide applicators 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.
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.