How to Get Your Commercial or Noncommercial Pesticide License
Wish to receive initial training?
This on-line registration is for those wishing to get their license for the first time. Initial training sessions are offered from February through April in various cities throughout the state. Nebraska Department of Agriculture certification exams are also given on these dates and are based on UNL Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) study materials and sample pesticide labels. These initial training sessions are intended to be a review of the key points from the study materials, not intensive instruction.
Schedule of Certification Opportunities (PDF 1.78 MB)
The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Schedule can be viewed here. Initial license certification sessions are offered for most categories from February through April in various cities throughout the state.
Purchase Study Materials
Purchase on-line the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) study materials using a credit card. Remember to purchase the General Standards manual plus any other category(s) manual you will need. The manuals are list alphabetically. The manuals ordered with the letters "PDF" after the name of the manual means you will be able to download it to view onscreen. It is not recommended that you print these manuals since they are very large files. The manuals without the "PDF" will be mailed to you.
Want to take the certification test for your license?
Visit the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) website for a list of testing dates/sites in Nebraska. The NDA prepares, administers, and grades the pesticide certification examinations.
List of commercial/noncommercial categories (PDF 55 KB)
If you are seeking a Commercial or Non-commercial License for the first time, you must take and pass a General Standards exam and at least one category exam. The category(s) you need varies depending on the application site, pesticide application method, and targeting pest.
When will you receive your license?
After NDA grades the exams, they inform applicators of the results, typically within 10 working days. If exams are passed, NDA mails a billing postcard to applicators concerning the $90 state license fee for commercial applicators (no license fee for noncommercial applicators). If one or more of the exams are not passed, NDA will send a letter informing you of this. Upon the receipt of the commercial license fee, NDA mails the pesticide license (noncommercial applicators receive their license immediately after passing the exams). If you do not receive a mailing about your exams after two weeks past your exam date, you can call NDA toll-free at 877-800-4080 or 402-471-2351.
Pesticide Label Exercise (PDF 1.4 MB)
Understand the details of the pesticide label, a supplement for pesticide applicators.
Jeopardy Label Game (version 2010 PowerPoint)
Improve your understanding and knowledge of pesticide labels by using this fun approach to learning.
Resources for Pesticide Applicators
Search for certified pesticide applicators, licensed dealers, and registered pesticides; the NDA Pesticide Program; reciprocal license requirements; pesticide laws publications; private applicator recordkeeping; and the Worker Protection Standard.
Already have a valid license and wish to Recertify?
This on-line registration is for recertification sessions for those whose license expires on April 15. These sessions are offered for most categories in February and March in various cities throughout the state. You will receive a mailing prior to these recertification sessions if you live at the same address as three years prior (when you got your license or recertified previously). It is a good idea to call NDA if you move to another address in order to receive this mailing. If you need to recertify in a category that no recertification sessions are available (or if you miss the sessions or your license has already expired), you will need to take the General Standards exam and category exam(s). Visit the NDA website for a list of "Walk-in Testing Only" sessions in Nebraska.
Schedule of Recertification Opportunities (PDF 1.78 MB)
This Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Schedule will be mailed to those whose license is expiring (if the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture has your current address), but can be viewed online here. For those whose license expires on April 15, recertification sessions are offered for most categories in February and March in various cities throughout the state.
My Current Pesticide License Status
Check to see if you are listed in the applicators database at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) website or contact them at 402-471-2351 or 877-800-4080 (toll-free).