Kentucky Pesticide Safety Education Program

Certified Private Pesticide Applicators

Private applicator means a person certified to use restricted use pesticides for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him (her) or an employer, or to the lands of a farmer-neighbor, if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities.

    Minimum standards for Certified Private Applicators (Taken from Code of Federal Regulations Part 40 Protection of Environment)
  • A practical knowledge of common pests to be controlled and the damage caused by them.
  • Read and understand the label and labeling information including- common name of the pesticide applied, pests to be controlled, timing and methods of application, safety precautions, any pre-harvest or re-entry restrictions and any specific disposal procedures.
  • Apply pesticides in accordance with the label instructions and warnings, be able to prepare proper concentrations and calibrate application equipment.
  • Recognize local environmental situations that must be considered during application to avoid contamination.
  • Be able to recognize poisoning symptoms and procedure to follow in case of a pesticide accident.

The Cooperative Extension Service is responsible for the training of private pesticide applicators in each of Kentucky's 120 counties.Contact your county extension office for more information. The certification is valid for 3 years. At that time, you must attend another training session.

Important Topics for Private Applicators

How To Comply With the Worker Protection Standard

The Federal Pesticide Recordkeeping Program requires that all certified private applicators must keep records of their use of federally restricted use pesticides (RUP) for a period of 2 years. Kentucky laws and regulations require that records of both general use and restricted use pesticide applications be kept for a period of 3 years. Information about the application must be recorded within 14 days.

    The following information must be recorded:
  • The Brand or Product Name; that is, trademark name of the pesticide being used.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Registration Number. The registration number is not the same as the EPA Establishment Number which is also located on the label.
  • The total quantity of the pesticide applied in common units of measure. Such as pints, quarts, gallons, etc. of concentrated pesticide. Amount does not refer to the percent of active ingredient (a.i.).
  • The date of the pesticide application, including month, day, and year. The location of the restricted use pesticide application. Not the address of the farm or business. Options are by: a) County, range, township, or section, b) Identification system established by USDA, such as plat IDs used by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), c) Legal property description, as listed on the deed of trust or county/city records, or d) An applicator generated identification system that accurately identifies the location of the application.
  • Crop Commodity, Stored Product, or Site being treated. Size of area treated. Record this information in the unit of measure (such as acres, linear feet, bushel, cubic feet, number of animals, etc.) which is normally expressed on the label in reference to the application being made.
  • The name of the certified private applicator performing and/or supervising the application.
  • The certification number of the private applicator. If the name of the certified private applicator and the certification number are kept together, this information only has to be listed once (Note: the name and certification number may be noted at the front of a record book if the same applicator is making the application).
    Spot treatments are especially useful in the control of noxious weeds if you apply restricted use pesticides on the same day in a total area of less than 1/10 of an acre, you are required to record the following (excluding greenhouse and nursery applications):
  • Date of application including month, day, and year.
  • Brand or product name.
  • EPA registration number.
  • Total amount of pesticide applied.
  • Location of the pesticide application, designated as "Spot application" and short description.

No standard recordkeeping form is required. Here is an example that includes the necessary information.


Last Updated:

This is a Java Script that displays the date the page was last modified. It is inconsequential to the navigation and content of this site.

This page is maintained by Lee Townsend, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky. Please send questions or suggestions to: