2024 Nebraska pesticide applicator training and certification

For the Farmer

Nebraska Extension is preparing for the 2024 training of commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators. This program is essential for those whose licenses are expiring in 2024 and need to think about recertification, which must be completed by April 15. 

There are three main pathways for recertification:

-Attending a face-toface training session.

-Completing online training.

-Participating in an approved conference.

These conferences cover various categories and include Crop Production Clinics, Custom Applicator School, Nebraska Turf Conference, Urban Pest Management Conference, and the Nebraska Aviation Trades Association Convention.

It’s important for applicators to ensure that their chosen event or session offers the specific category needed for their recertification.

New applicators or those adding a category to an existing license must pass Nebraska Department of Agriculture exams. These exams can be taken at initial training sessions, testing-only sessions, or via Pearson VUE. The Pesticide Safety Education Office recommends thorough preparation, including purchasing study manuals, attending training sessions, or using FlipBooks.

Upon passing the exams, the NDA will send a postcard requesting payment of the licensing fee (not applicable for noncommercial licenses), after which the three-year license is issued. 

The U.S. EPA requires certification for the use of restricted-use pesticides, and Nebraska mandates certification for commercial applicators handling general-use pesticides as well. Licenses are valid for three years and then require renewal. 

Important changes to be aware of include the minimum age for certification being set to 18 years, the requirement of government-issued identification at training and exam sessions, and updates in the appearance and categories of licenses. The category changes, particularly regarding rodent burrow fumigation, are significant and are being phased in over three years. 

This initiative represents Nebraska’s commitment to ensuring safe and responsible pesticide application in the state.