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Pesticide Applicator/Technician Guidance

Individuals may become certified as commercial pesticide applicators, commercial pesticide technicians and/or private pesticide applicators. The type of applications that a person may perform is dependent on the applicator's certification. The pesticide applicator requirements are explained in detail in Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York Part 325 Application of Pesticides (link leaves DEC website.)

Attention Category 3A Only and Category 3B Only Pesticide Applicators and Technicians:
Article 33 has recently been amended as part of the 2018 New York State Budget. These amendments will affect your fee at your next renewal or recertification. Please read the NOTICE (PDF, 63KB) for details on how the changes will be implemented.

The "New York State Pesticide Administration Database" (NYSPAD) portal allows users to search and view information regarding many areas of data collected by NYSDEC's Bureau of Pesticides Management, such as: pesticide products, business/agency registration, applicators/technicians, training courses and certification/recertification exams.

Pesticides Updates Listserv

To sign up for Pesticides Updates, subscribe to GovDelivery! This will take you to the "Quick Subscription" page where you will see all the topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Scroll to the "Prevent and Control Pollution" category and check the box next to "Pesticides." You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).

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