Applicator Training Information

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The Full approved list of Recertification training opportunities is located on the "Continuing Education and Training Courses" webpage (see link to the left of page). The site provides registration information for signing up for a particular training course. If it is an MDA sponsor training you will be able to register directly. If it is an outside training, the page will give you contact information or direct you to a registration site. 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 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. After completion 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. Schedule of trainings, additional licensing information, and available training manuals can be found by using the links at the bottom of the page.


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 approved training approved in your category

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" on the left of the page. This is the official list of approved trainings and is updated frequently.


Training Standards

Click HERE to view the training standards for Core and Categories for Commercial and Government Applicators and Dealers. These are the standards used to assess CEs for all trainings submitted to the Department for approval.




Pre-Registration with payment is REQUIRED for all MDA Trainings.


Click HERE to register for trainings and purchase study manuals, or you can print the forms below and mail with payment


2016 MDA Pesticide Training Schedule Click Here 


2016 Recertification Training Registration Form Click Here


2016 Initial Core and Initial Category Training Registration Form 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 trainings on the Approved Courses list are the only trainings available for credit. The Approved Courses list is updated regularly so check frequently for new training opportunities.



2016 projected calendar at a glance




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: January 22, 2016 4:59:00 PM MST.
Last Modified: January 25, 2016 1:55:22 PM MST