This page will be used to share information about testing and recertification for Pesticide Applicator Licenses. Please follow the link in the name of the training for registration information. **Some CEU opportunities listed below offer continuing education credits for other professionals, not just Pesticide Applicators.

Upcoming Recertification Credits


February 21: Urban Ag Council, Networking and Education Event

  • Timely Turfgrass Management for Coastal Lawns AND Think Outside the Boxwood: Alternative Plants for Gardens and Landscapes AND Coastal turfgrass disease and the impact of water in their establishment
  • In-person (Savannah) 4:30-6:30PM
  • $15
  • Register here!
  • Earn:
    • Commercial Pest Cat 24


March 14: Getting the Best of Pests

  • Alternative weed control in nurseries propagation AND Pest management in greenhouses
  • Virtual, 3:00-5:00PM
  • $22
  • Register here!
  • Earn:
    • Commercial Pest Cat 21, 23, 24, 27, 32: 2 hours
    • Private Pest: 1 hour

Pesticide Container Recycling & Disposal

USAg Recycling Service – USAg recycles crop production containers, free of charge, through support from the Ag Container Recycling Council. Containers must meet certain requirements for size and type. 

USAg Recycling -Corporate office number for scheduling 800-654-3145

Additional Container Collection & Recycling Resources – The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) has compiled a list of companies that currently collect mini/intermediate bulk containers for recycling. You may search the TPSA database for companies by state.

Testing Information

Private Pesticide License

For those who apply restricted pesticides on your land, or your employers land, only for agricultural, horticulture, or forestry use.


  • Purchase course access for the Georgia Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Training Program. You will receive an order confirmation immediately after purchasing course access, please keep this for your records. Step-by-step instructions on how to purchase access to the training can be here:
  • How to purchase access to the UGA Private Applicator Certification Training Course (PDF)
    • Notice: Course enrollment is granted during normal business hours each weekday by the program coordinator. Do not be alarmed if you do not receive your welcome e-mail immediately after purchase. Dr. Johnson will enroll students into the course during normal business hours each weekday, typically around 10:00am EST or 4:00pm EST.


  • Complete the training course with a passing grade of 70% or higher.


  • Print the Certificate of Completion, and complete the Private Pesticide Applicators License Application, with Verification of Lawful Presence if needed.


  • Take application forms and Certificate of Completion to your local county Extension agent, 325 Old Jesup Rd Brunswick, GA 31523 or 601 North Way Darien, GA 31305
  • Ag agent can provide you a temporary license number if you need to purchase pesticides before the GDA issues your license (3-4 weeks)

Commercial Pesticide License

For those who purchase, use or supervise use of restricted use pesticides, but do not qualify as a private applicator. If you plan to charge a fee for applications, see Contractor’s License section as well.




  • Take the Exams and pass each section with a 70% or more.



All people or businesses inspecting for and eliminating unwanted insects and/or animals in or around structures must have a structural pest control company license.

The GDA has created a computer-based version of the Structural Pest Control Examinations. Now you can go online to select a location and schedule an exam at a date and time of your choosing. You’ll receive your exam results instantly and have access to your exam history. The fee is $45.

Employee Registration Examination

The employee registration examination is available only at participating technical colleges. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be an employee of a licensed structural pest control company.
  • You must have completed 10 hours of classroom training and 70 hours of on-the-job experience with a certified operator or registered employee.

If you meet those criteria, follow these steps for examination and registration:

  1. Go to to schedule an exam and print an application.
  2. Give your application to a Designated Certified Operator (DCO) for signature.
  3. Bring your application and fee to the scheduled exam location and complete the exam.
  4. If you pass the exam, give the exam report and application to the DCO to complete. Mail to the GDA and include the fee payment.
  5. If you fail, complete steps 1-3 again. There is a two-day waiting period to retake the exam. If you fail a third time, you must repeat the 10 hours of classroom training before retaking the exam.
  6. If you don’t have a completed application and proper fee, you won’t be allowed to take the exam even if you’re scheduled.


Certified commercial applicators who want to charge a fee for the application of any pesticide to the land of another person or business, must have at least one full-time commercial pesticide applicator licensed at your business location. The commercial pesticide applicator will supervise all applications made under the license.

Pesticide contractors must pay an annual fee of $55 and demonstrate proof of financial responsibility. The application for a pesticide contractor’s license can be found at the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Division website: Pesticide Contractor License.

For more information on pesticide contractor’s licenses, please contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Division at (404) 656-4950 or at


Sign up for your test at one of Georgia’s Technical Colleges’ testing locations. In Brunswick, we have access to testing at Coastal Pines at 3700 Glynco Parkway.