Anyone spraying restricted use pesticides in Alabama is required to have a private applicator (or commercial applicator) pesticide applicators permit.

The permit certifies you have passed a comprehensive test certifying your ability to use restricted use pesticides on your lawns, in your garden, or on your farm.

Commercial applicator means a permitted applicator who uses or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides and other pesticides for any purpose or on any property and if applied with compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.

Commercial applicators shall be further identified according to the type of pesticide application they are engaged in.

There are over 20 categories in the state of Alabama for commercial applicator categories.

Private applicator means a permitted applicator that uses or supervises the use of any pesticide, which is classified for restricted use for purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer or (if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities) on the property of another person.

Contact the Department of Agriculture to help determine which permit you need.

There are a couple of different options to obtain these permits. To obtain a commercial permit, you need to contact the Alabama Department of Agriculture for testing dates and locations.

You can reach them at cert@agi.alabama.gov or 1-334-240-7243.

To get your private pesticide applicators permit, you can do that locally through our office.

There are several upcoming trainings being offered where you receive the education and then complete the test the same day.

This is our suggested way of receiving the permit, as the test is very comprehensive and can be challenging for some.

Our local training will be March 11, 2021 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Boaz VFW Fairgrounds. Other trainings will be held in Centre, Scottsboro, Crossville, Oneonta and Flat Rock from now through April 15.

To attend the trainings, all social distancing guidelines will mandatory. We ask that you bring your own mask.

Training cost is $20 payable by check.

If applicant passes, they will forward permit fees ($25) to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries for issuance of permit. Participants will test at the end of the training course and must obtain a 70 percent or higher to pass.

If you would like to set up a time to take the test without training at the Extension Office, you can do that as well. The cost for this training is $10 to take the test, and $25 for the permit fee.

The final option is to take the training course online and complete the test on-line as well. This course is $35 for the course, and an additional $25 for your permit fee.

Please call the Marshall County Extension Office for more information, or to register for the March 11 class.

For more information: 256-582-2009.

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