Approved Pesticide Training & Registration

Aerial applicator pattern testing with dyed water
Aerial applicator pattern testing with dyed water

Recertification training opportunities for dealers, commercial, non-commercial, government and utility applicators can be located on the Approved Courses by Category website (see link below). The site provides online registration or email address options for signing up for a particular training course. The site also offers the ability for a licensed applicator or dealer to view ongoing educational credits.


Initial Training for Pesticide Applicators

MDA offers initial training courses on the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual during February and March to provide new applicators and dealers basic 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.


In 2016, the 3 1/2-day training course will be held in Missoula (March 15-18) and Billings (February 9-12). Licensing exams are offered at the end of the training. Registration information will be available in November 2015.


Additional licensing information and a list of available training manuals can be obtained from the instructions document linked below.


Recertification for Applicators

Pesticide applicators and dealers are required to requalify for licensing prior to every fifth licensing year. The recertification and renewal chart linked 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 by the department.

An applicator can attend approved industry-sponsored training or department-sponsored training, and each individual is responsible for monitoring and obtaining the necessary 12 credits within the recertification period. The current available training can be found by clicking on the "Continuing Education and Training Courses" link below. This is the official list of approved trainings and is updated frequently.



Pre-Registration with payment is REQUIRED for all MDA Trainings. There are 3 ways to register:

  • Click on "Online Payments" on the left side bar

  • Access and print the forms available below and submit with payment OR

  • Call and pay over the phone

2015 MDA Pesticide Applicator and Dealer Training Schedule Click Here


2015 Industrial, Structural and Institutional and School IPM Recertification Training Information Packet: Click Here

2015 Ornamental & Turf and School IPM Recertification Training Information Packet: Click Here 


2015 Fall Core Recertification Training Registration: Click Here

General Training Information:


  • Trainings are approved for up to 6 credits per event. Be sure to check whether a training is approved for YOUR category before registering.
  • Online training is available through multiple outside vendors and are listed in our approved courses list. Fees range from FREE to $25 per credit, depending on the sponsor. Please note: there is a 6 credit maximum per category for online training 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.
  • Applicators and Dealers are not required to attend trainings through the Department of Agriculture. Check the Approved Courses list to view all of the offered trainings available for credit.
  • The Approved Courses list is updated regularly so check frequently for new training opportunities.



Jolene Warnke-Roszel

Training/Development Specialist

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3732

Fax: (406) 444-9493

Linda Johns
Pesticide Licensing, Registration, and Training

Program Manager

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3676


Published: Thu Dec 09 16:59:00 MST 2010.
Last Modified: Tue Sep 08 09:53:28 MDT 2015