Frequently Asked Questions

Kimberly Pope  |  2/19/2010 11:32:27 PM

How many years does my private certification last?

The private applicator’s certification is good for three years. Prior to your expiration date, you will need to attend a scheduled meeting conducted by your county agent. You will be notified by your county agent via letter, news release, etc. of any upcoming recertification meetings.

How many years does my commercial certification last?

The commercial applicator’s certification is good for three years. Prior to your expiration date, you will need to attend an approved meeting. You will be notified by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry of upcoming recertification meetings.

I missed my recertification meeting. What do I need to do?

Contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-3787 to determine if any of the upcoming certification meetings will count towards recertification of your category type.

There are two expiration dates on my card; one on the front and one on the back. What do these mean?

Each year, your applicator card expires; this is the date on the front of the card. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will send out information each year to renew the card.

The date on the back of the card indicates when you must recertify by attending an approved one-day class. You must recertify at least every 3 years.

Where can I take a test to become certified?

The LDAF administers Private Pesticide Applicator, Commercial Pesticide Applicator, RUP Salesperson, and Structural Pest Control Technician certification examinations in seven LDAF offices statewide. The LDAF also administers Agricultural Consultant and Structural Pest Control Licensee certification examinations in the Baton Rouge office to examine candidates who have received prior commission approval. Private Pesticide Applicator certification examinations also are administered in each of the 64 parish offices of the LSU AgCenter.

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