Commercial Applicator Licensing

Individuals who apply restricted-use pesticides must be certified to do so under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticides Act (FIFRA) and the Wyoming Environmental Pesticide Control Act of 1973. Amendments to FIFRA require that applicators be continually recertified. Training is conducted by the University of Wyoming Extension. Licensing is conferred by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA), which enforces FIFRA and the state act in Wyoming.

A Commercial Pesticide Applicator is a person sixteen (16) years of age or older who applies or supervises the application of any pesticide by other individuals, on property other than their own, for contract or hire. Commercial applicators are certified in one or more categories and may use pesticides only in the category(s) for which they are certified.

Licensing

The annual commercial training is designed for NEW applicators however, those seeking re-certification credits can also attend (24 CEU’s are available).  This is a 3.5 day course with training in pesticide labels and terminology, pesticide and farm worker safety, pesticide laws and regulations, pesticide toxicity, groundwater quality, pesticide formulations, plant pathology, weed science, entomology, small animal control, and calibration. A ½ day extra is allowed for exams. The course uses instructors from the University of Wyoming, EPA, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and WDA. This course is usually held the second week in December at the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture. See the home page of this website for registration details.

Training and Recertification Fees
A registration fee is charged for the initial commercial applicator training session and for the commercial applicator recertification training session.

Application Fees
The commercial license application fee is $25.00 and is due upon application for a commercial license. There is no application fee for government employees.

Recertification

Commercial licenses are only valid for the balance of the year in which the license was obtained plus 24 months and expire on January 31st.

In order to maintain your license from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, one of the following requirements must be met:
  1. attending 24 hours of pesticide related courses or
  2. participating in workshop on-line credits obtained during the time in which the license is valid.
  3. re-take the exams for the categories in which you want to be re-certified.

These credit hours must be validated with an agenda and proof of attendance. The WDA determines if the coursework applies toward re-certification.  All on-line credit MUST be pre-approved by Hank Uhden at hank.uhden@wyo.gov or (307) 777-7321.

Approved on-line programs/courses:

  • Washington State University  (multiple CEU’s are available)
  • Bedbug Control Program $19.99 for three 30-minute modules (0.5 CEU per module).
  • Visit StopSchoolPests.com and register for free to take nine different online IPM courses for school custodians and other school employees.  Wyoming Department of Agriculture will award one (1) CEU per completed course.  It provides a certificate as proof of training after taking a short quiz.
  • Product specific training is now required for all applicators who apply RUP formulations of dicamba. WDA is offering two (2) CEU’s for anyone who completes the dicamba course.
    • The training is hosted on eXtension Campus website. You must register with eXtension Campus before you can sign-up for the course. Training is free. For instructions and access to the training use this link to UNL’s website

There is a $25.00 application renewal fee due when application for recertification is submitted. There is no application fee for government employees.

Please contact Hank Uhden at (307) 777-7321, if you have questions.

Reciprocal Licensing

To receive a reciprocal license from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the following requirements must be met:
  • Mandatory: Letter of verification from the respective state department of agriculture FROM THE STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. The letter should state that you are a licensed applicator in good standing with their agency and the categories in which you are licensed in.
This letter may be faxed to us at (307) 777-6593 or mailed to:
Wyoming Department of Agriculture
2219 Carey Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Please be sure we are also supplied with your primary mailing address.
When we have received this letter from your state department of agriculture, we will postal mail to you a packet of documents for you to complete. The packet will contain the following:
  • WDA Pesticide Applicator Application
  • Power of Attorney Form Note, this form must be notarized
  • Any other forms, notices or information you may need
When all the forms have been completed, the following should also be returned with the forms:
  • $25.00 Application Fee (Government employees are exempt from the application fee)
  • A legible copy (front and back) of your currently held pesticide applicators license from the state in which you reside.

Please contact Hank Uhden at (307) 777-7321, if you have any questions.

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