Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

Certification & Training

  1. How many recertification credits do I need before my license expires?

  2. Where and when can I take a pesticide applicators examination?

  3. What do I need to bring with me when I take an examination?

  4. Why can’t I chemigate my fertilizers and pesticides on my farm with my private applicators (RU) license? 

  5. Can I get on the mailing list for recertification seminars?

  6. I’ve taken my applicator’s license examination twice and haven’t passed. How can you help me pass the examination?

  7. I need recertification credits to keep my certification current, but there are no classes or seminars scheduled in my area. What can I do to get credits?

  8. I lost my license and asked ISDA for a duplicate license. You didn’t put any of my recertification credits on the back of my new license. How do I get my credits back?

  9. Since ISDA switched to the stickers instead of the stamp, how do I know how many credits I have and how many I need?

  10. I just received a notification for my pesticide applicator license renewal. What do I need to do?

  11. Our company wants to sponsor a seminar. What do we need to do to receive recertification credits for our attendees?

 

1. How many recertification credits do I need before my license expires?

Private applicators need the equivalent of six (6) hours of recertification training credits during their certification period to maintain their certification. This is six (6) hours total pesticide related training verified by recertification stickers. Professional applicators need the equivalent of fifteen (15) hours of recertification training credits during their certification period to maintain their certification.

You may also take the recertification examinations if you do not wish to attend training. ISDA encourages applicators to attend training throughout their certification period to maintain their applicator license. Upcoming recertification seminars can be viewed on this Web Page.

2. Where and when can I take a pesticide applicators examination?

Examinations are scheduled throughout the state and are administered by ISDA Field Representatives. Their testing schedules are published on this Web Page or can be obtained by calling the ISDA Field Representative in your area.

3. What do I need to bring with me when I take an examination?

The only item you need to take an examination is a valid picture identification (Driver’s License or other Identification) to show the test administrator. It is advisable to bring a calculator to assist you with the calibration problems. Programmable calculators and cell phones cannot be used during the exam sessions.

Remember that for each applicators examination, there are corresponding study manuals that you should study prior to taking the examination. Unless you are very knowledgeable in pesticide application, it is very difficult to pass the examinations without studying the study material.

4. Why can’t I chemigate my fertilizers and pesticides on my farm with my private applicators (RU) license?

Chemigation (CH) is a separate certification category that is required of all applicators before they are allowed to apply fertilizers and/or pesticides through any irrigation system. Pesticide dealers must verify the applicator’s chemigation certification before they can sell any fertilizer or pesticide that will be used for chemigation. Additionally, all chemigation systems should be checked by the ISDA prior to use. Use of a chemigation system without proper anti-pollution controls or chemigation without proper applicator certification is a violation of Idaho Pesticides Law and Idaho Chemigation Rules.

5. Can I get on the mailing list for recertification seminars?

There is no mailing list specifically for recertification seminars. You can find a list of recertification seminars on the ISDA Web Page. This web page is updated weekly and is the best source for current seminars.

6. I’ve taken my applicator’s license examination twice and haven’t passed. How can you help me pass the examination?

ISDA and the University of Idaho offer some training courses to help applicators pass the certification examinations. These training sessions occur most frequently in the spring and can be very in-depth training, or a refresher course, depending upon the sessions. The pass rate is much better for persons who attend the training. To inquire about available training seminars or classes, contact the ISDA Pesticide Applicator Licensing and Training Section at (208) 332-8609. There are also links to online training and practice exams on the main Licensing Web Page under "Additional Training Resources."

7. I need recertification credits to keep my certification current, but there are no classes or seminars scheduled in my area. What can I do to get credits?

The ISDA provides some certification and recertification training on request from grower’s groups, agricultural organizations, or University of Idaho Extension Educators. If applicators need credits, they need to contact either the County Extension Educator or the local ISDA Field Representative. If either the ISDA or the extension educator receive a sufficient number of requests, they can schedule a class in the local area. ISDA provides the training topics (with input from the extension educator) and the training sessions. Normally, training presentations are three hours in length but may be longer to suit the needs of the applicator.

ISDA approves over 900 recertification seminars each year. Current upcoming recertification opportunities are listed on ISDA's Web Page.

ISDA is also presenting recertification training at agricultural trade shows to give pesticide applicators more opportunity to receive credits.

8. I lost my license and asked ISDA for a duplicate license. You didn’t put any of my recertification credits on the back of my new license. How do I get my credits back?

As the pesticide applicator, you are responsible for maintaining your license in accordance with the Idaho Pesticide Law and Rules. ISDA does not track recertification credits for each applicator.

Keep back-up records of the seminars that you attended during your license period. Each sponsor is required to send the sign-up sheets back to ISDA for verification of the seminar. A search of the available sign-up sheets may take up to two weeks, depending upon how many seminars need to be verified.

If you did not sign the sign-up sheet, we have no way to verify your attendance for recertification credits. This is why it is essential that you sign the sheets of every seminar that you attend.

9. How do I know how many credits I have and how many I need?

Professional applicators need fifteen (15) credit hours and private applicators need six (6) credit hours during the license period to recertify their licenses. Sticker numbers have the year that the seminar was approved followed by the amount of credit hours that the seminar or class is worth. For example, a sticker that reads "200972-4" is worth four credit hours. Simply look at the end of the sequence number after the dash (-) and that is the amount of credits for the seminar.

Remember: It is not the number of stickers you have that determines how many credits you have received. The total amount of credits must equal or exceed the number of credits you need for recertification.

10. I just received a notification for my pesticide applicator license renewal. What do I need to do?

The instructions that accompany your license renewal notice explains what you should do to renew your applicator’s license. Generally, you need to update your administrative information (to ensure that ISDA has the correct mailing address for you), verify any necessary information (such as liability insurance), copy of the front and back of your signed license (to verify recertification training), and mail the information back to ISDA with the appropriate fees.

If you have any questions concerning your license renewal, please call the ISDA Licensing Section at (208) 332-8600.

11. Our company wants to sponsor a seminar. What do we need to do to receive recertification credits for our attendees?

You will need to complete and submit a Seminar Accreditation Request. Please copy the form for future use.

You must attach a detailed agenda of the seminar for ISDA to verify the training and award recertification credits. Additionally, if your seminar will be attended by applicators from an adjoining state, contact that state’s Department of Agriculture to obtain credits for those applicators.

It is the sponsor’s responsibility to send the seminar information to ISDA for recertification credits. Failure to provide the correct information at least 30 days in advance of a seminar could result in your seminar not being validated for recertification credits.