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Pesticide Training & Recertification


Computer Based Testing now Available for Montana Pesticide Applicators

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is providing a new opportunity for pesticide applicators to take exams online through the Metro Institute Centers

"We are excited to provide Montana's applicators with a new opportunity to take their tests online," said Rory Ruffner, Pesticide Licensing, Registration & Training Program Manager at Montana Department of Agriculture. "The Department aims to provide services that are efficient and easy to use and this new online option does exactly that. The challenges of the last year have shown that our applicators are willing to utilize technology and see it as a solution that can help them succeed."

The exams are computer-based and allow for instant exam results and analysis. The cost for online exams taken through Metro Institute is $58. MDA will continue to proctor tests in person and applicators are encouraged to work with staff at their local MDA Field Office to arrange a testing time. 

Click here to sign up for an online pesticide exam through Metro Institute.  Currently testing facilities are available in Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, and Glendive with more cities to be added in the near future.


The way tests are proctored and where the exams are given has changed to minimize the risk of exposure.  Please contact your local MDA Field Office to schedule an exam using the following website:  ASBFieldOffices

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.

Use the links below to find the information you need.

Helpful tips for MDA Webinar trainings :

  • Register in advance for the webinars you wish to attend.
    • See a training you’d like to participate in? Just click on the link to register
  • Additional information is also available in the MTPlants Course Locator . Select Webinar for the Meeting Type and enter (including asteri sks )   *March Initial Core Training* in the Meeting Name to pull up this specific training.
  • You may be automatically directed to download Zoom when registering for a training. This is a quick and easy process. While not required, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at: . For the fastest and smoothest process, download Zoom ahead of time. This will help you be prepared so that you don’t end up late to a training.
  • It’s a good idea to join your scheduled training(s) 5 minutes before the training begins. 
  • Your license number is required to document attendance for any recertification training.

2021-2022 Training Events Calendar

Training Events Calendar
Date Time & Course Link Topic Presenter Course Info

Paraquat Dichloride Training
for Certified Applicators

Paraquat Dichloride Training for Certified Applicators EPA-approved training module  

As required by EPA’s  Paraquat Dichloride Human Health Mitigation Decision and amended paraquat dichloride (a.k.a. paraquat) product labels, certified applicators must successfully complete an EPA-approved training program before mixing, loading, and/or applying paraquat. The training provides important information about paraquat’s toxicity, new label requirements and restrictions, and the consequences of misuse.


Self-paced Initial Core Training

Self-paced Initial Core Training

Instructions: Go to above link. Select "New Item Type" and select "Course Registration" and "Add New Item". Click on the drop-down menu for "Specific Item" and select course. A Moodle invite link will be sent to registrants. 

**Valid email is required for online training.   

For more information contact: Lisa Dorrington 406.444.3732

Initial Core Training  Online  

This training is for Montana pesticide applicators and dealers. Initial Core Training is on pesticide safety and regulations and requirements for every certified applicator. This course is meant to provide training for  initial certification. Recertification credits will not be available for attendance at this training.

Course Fee:   $50 (includes National Core manual and initial core packet)

NOTE Core training is the foundational test for all licenses. Applicators also require successful testing in at least one category specific classification. For a list of classifications go to  Pesticide-License-Program


Montana Rules & Code


Lisa Dorrington
Pesticide Education Specialist
Phone : (406) 444-3732
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

Leea Anderson
Training Development Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-5512
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Upcoming Initial Certification Trainings

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