Private Pesticide Applicator Definitions

Private Pesticide Applicator

This certification is for people who apply restricted use pesticides on land they own or lease or one who works for the person who owns or leases the land that produces a commodity (agricultural, horticultural or forestry). This certification is for the use previously stated only. A private pesticide applicator SHALL NOT use their certification to purchase chemicals for the use of commercially applying pesticides in residential areas, public areas, or any area other than the privately owned land described above. A PPA employed by the land owner or lessor may not charge a fee or collect anything of value in return for pesticide application on the privately owned agricultural establishment. They may, however, be paid a wage by the landowner who produces a commodity as described above.

Study Materials and Testing for Private Pesticide Applicators

The private pesticide applicator has several options to become certified

  1. They may purchase the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual from the LSU AgCenter’s online store: Pesticide Applicators
    After studying this manual thoroughly, set up a date to test at one of the LDAF offices. To schedule a test, email the LDAF at:
  2. They may register for the Private Pesticide Applicators Training Program at our online store. This training program is a series of 11 sections of videos with quizzes after each section. There are currently six locations across the state that offers this training. To schedule this individual training after registering, call Tad Kivett at 225-578-1321.
  3. They may register for one of several group training programs offered throughout the year that consist of the same content as the above option 2. Contact the Pesticide Safety Education Program at 225-578-6998 to register for this group training as dates and times may vary.
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