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Aquatic Anti-Fouling Paint Applicator Certification

Please visit the "New York State Pesticide Administration Database" by clicking the NYSPAD link below to search and view information regarding applicators and technicians, training courses and certification/recertification exams.

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As per Title 9A of Article 33 of the Environmental Conservation Law (see link in right-hand column), Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators (Category 13) do not have the same certification requirements as Category 5D antifouling paint applicators. Therefore, Category 13 Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators are NOT allowed to purchase or apply restricted use antifouling paints.

An applicant for Category 13 aquatic antifouling paint applicator certification must successfully complete a twenty-hour training course approved by DEC. The course must include eight hours of category-specific training regarding the safe and proper use, handling, storage and disposal of aquatic antifouling paints. Alternatively, DEC may consider appropriate experience of the applicant as specified in regulations when determining eligibility for examination.

ALL certified applicators and technicians are required to have a photograph on file with the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to receive their photo identification card.

IMPORTANT! Individuals that do not currently have a photo on file with DMV:

  1. Visit the link to DMV Requirements for Proof of Identity and Date of Birth found in the right hand column to ensure that you meet their requirements prior to visiting a DMV office.
  2. Print out the DMV form for Request for Photo Image found in the right hand column on this page and bring it to the DMV office. Photographs taken at DMV solely for the purpose of attaining pesticide certification will be taken free of charge.
  3. Once your photo is on file at DMV, you must complete the form found in the right column entitled Certified Pesticide Applicator/Technician Application for Photo ID Card.
  4. Submit that form to DEC at the time of testing, application and/or recertification.