The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois Extension provide training and testing for anyone wanting to obtain an Illinois private pesticide applicator's license. Training Schedule
A private pesticide applicator's license is required for anyone using Restricted Use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity on property they own or control. Applicants must attempt a private applicator examination and obtain a score of at least 70% correct once every three years. Persons applying General or Restricted Use pesticide in the course of employment must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture as a commercial pesticide applicator.
The fee for a private pesticide applicator license is $30. If a license is destroyed or lost, a duplicate license can be obtained from the Department by contacting our Springfield office at
(217) 785-2427. The fee for a duplicate license is $5.
In order for an individual to fumigate their own grain storage facility with a pesticide, a grain fumigation category examination must be successfully completed. The license upgrade allows the individual to both purchase and use grain materials in their own grain storage facilities.
NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please contact the site coordinator listed to ensure that the training/examination meeting has not been cancelled.
If you have questions please contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture at
(217) 785-2427 (voice and TDD) or your local University of Illinois Extension office.