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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 2014, the 3 1/2-day training course will be held in Helena and Billings. Licensing exams are offered at the end of the training. 


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.



2014 Fall Core Recertification Training- All dealers and commercial/government categories, 4 credits

All locations are FULL at this time; no additional registrations can be accepted. Please visit the website "Pesticides.mt.gov" to find additional trainings offered for the remainder of 2014.



It's never too early to plan. We have several new training opportunities coming in 2015. Registration will open late December.
NEW!!!  Initial Training for Right of Way/Reg Weed             February 23, 9am-3pm  (test Feb. 27)   Billings
               Initial Core Training for new applicators                    February 24-27 (test Feb. 27)                  Billings
NEW!!!  Initial Training for Ornamental and Turf                    March 16, 9am-3pm (test Mar. 20)          Helena
               Initial Core Training for new applicators                    March 17-20  (test Mar. 20)                      Helena
NEW!!!  Recertification Training Right of Way/Reg Weed    February 23, 9am-2pm (4 credits)         Billings
NEW!!!  Recertification Training Ornamental and Turf           March 16, 9am-2pm (4 credits)               Helena
  • Exciting changes for Pesticide Training!
    • MDA now offers and approves one (1) credit training opportunities. Check the "Approved Courses" for current listings
    • New online courses are available! Fees range from FREE to $25 per credit, depending on the sponsor. Please note: there is a 6 credit maximum for online training in one recertification cycle. You may take as many online trainings as you wish, however only 6 credits will count toward your required 12 credits.



Jolene Warnke-Roszel

Training/Development Specialist

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

E-mail: jwarnke-roszel@mt.gov
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
E-mail: ljohns@mt.gov


Published: Thu Dec 09 16:59:00 MST 2010.
Last Modified: Wed Oct 08 10:02:32 MDT 2014