A commercial applicator applies pesticides for a business, on land owned by someone else, and usually for hire. Also includes applicators who work for a government agency like a township, city, school district, park district, etc., and applicators who apply to publicly-accessible sites.
Questions about getting a license? Visit the frequently asked questions page.
Commerical Applicator License
- Send application form to ODA with $35 fee. Click here for application form
- Click here for a frequently asked questions page about filling out the application
- Purchase the study materials to study for the exams from extensionpubs.osu.edu
- Study the materials. New applicator schools are optional to help prepare for the test. Click here to see if any schools are scheduled.
- Select an exam date and site. The exam is offered around the state of Ohio each year. Click here for the exam dates and sites.
- ODA will notify the applicator by mail with their exam results
- If the applicator did not pass an exam, they are able to retake the test. Only the exams not passed need to be retaken.
- If the applicator did pass the exams, they are a licensed applicator
- Upon passing appropriate examinations, the applicator will be licensed. The $35 fee will be paid annually. The applicator is required to be recertified every three years. Click here for information on the recertification requirements.