The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), has partnered with the OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to offer online recertification for applicators whose licenses expire this year and have been unable recertify as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information go to the following link (  On this page you will find a link to the online registration for the private pesticide and agricultural fertilizer programs.


Every Ohio private pesticide applicator must have at least 3 hours of educational training every 3 years. This must include an hour of core and at least 30 minutes in each category licensed.

Pesticide License Renewal

The Union County Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training and Fertilizer Applicator Certification Meeting will be held February 20, 2020, at the Union County Services Center, 940 London Avenue, Marysville.  The Applicator Recertification Training will take place from 1 - 4pm.  Core and Categories 1, 2,3,4,5 and 6 will be covered. There is a $30 registration fee to attend this class. There will also be a 1 hour Fertilizer Recertification Program following the Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) starting at 4pm. Cost for the Fertilizer Recertification Program is $10.

If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Dellinger, Extension Educator, Union County at (937) 644-8117 or email him at

Pesticide License Rules
In order to maintain a Pesticide License, you will need to obtain the necessary recertification credits or take a re-examination. For private applicators, the minimum training required shall be 3 hours. Of the 3 hours, at least 1 hour shall consist of core training material and at least one-half hour specific to each pesticide-use category in which the private applicator is licensed.

Many of you will need to renew your Pesticide License before March 31, 2020; otherwise you will have to re-take the examination. Please check the expiration date on your Pesticide License, check the following link, or call the Union County Extension Office at  937.644.8117 with your license number and we can check the expiration date.

For those who need to renew, view a complete listing of programs in the State of Ohio "Click Here".

New Applicator's License

To become licensed, the Private Applicator must:

  1. Obtain study materials online or from your County Extension Office. We have a packet of materials that you can borrow.  Call the Union County Extension Office at (937) 644-8117 to reserve the packet.
  2. Select an exam date and site. List of available exam dates and sites.
  3. Register for the exam going to the website listed above or calling the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Division at (800) 282-1955. (Because of limited space, you may not be able to take the exam if not pre-registered.)


  1. Ohio Department of Agriculture will notify you by letter with exam results or you can check at the following website, After the exam is passed, pay the $30 license fee to ODA. The license will be mailed within 3-4 weeks.

License Fees should be paid to:
             Ohio Department of Agriculture
             Pesticide Regulation
             8995 E. Main St.
             Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399
             Phone:   (614) 728-6987  or   (800) 282-1955.

Private Applicator License

Private applicators do not purchase a yearly license. The fee is paid upon passing the exam and at the beginning of each subsequent 3 year certification period. $30 for 3 years.