Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing Clinics jointly administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and the University of Illinois Extension were cancelled for the remainder of the 2020 clinic season. As a result, the Illinois Department of Agriculture extended applicator, operator and dealer licenses that expired on December 31, 2019. Those licenses are valid through December 31, 2020.
IDOA is currently making arrangements for the upcoming 2021 Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing season. Starting in November 2020 there will be a limited number of in person testing opportunities available for those in need of new or recertification. As plans are finalized and testing locations are made available, they will be listed on this website. (Please continue to check back for availability.)
Our focus of the 2021 season will be on online training and testing opportunities. Again, starting in November 2020 there will be training and testing opportunities available online. Those training and testing options will be available through this website. (Please continue to check back for availability.)
As of now, there are currently no in person or online options available to obtain a new pesticide applicator, operator or dealer license or to renew an expiring pesticide applicator, operator or dealer license. Those options will be listed on this website as they become available. (After November 2020)
For those in need of certification for ONLY the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, a provisional online testing system is active and can be utilized by completing the following instructions.
(This option is only available for individuals needing certification for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.)
The following exam categories are available online: field crop, mosquito, seed treatment, turf, right-of-way, ornamental, vegetable crop, fruit crop, aquatic, grain facility, pesticide dealer and private applicator. Each category exam is a combination exam consisting of general standards questions and category specific questions. Please follow the instructions below to request and register for an exam.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: first and last name, email, phone number and test(s) needed.
Note: Companies with more than one applicator needing to test must submit requests in one email. This will help us administer the tests in a timely manner.
- The Department will contact you within 1-2 business days at the email address provided. The email will contain instructions and a secure link to the exam.
- Upon completion of the exam, the Department will notify you via email with your score. For individuals who pass the exam the email will include a printable temporary license. Individuals who do not pass the exam will receive instructions on how to re-test (please remember it is only allowable to test 3 times in a 6-month period).
Any questions about the exam process or unique situations can be emailed to email@example.com. Please note that if technology is an issue, testing can be done on a mobile device.
As a reminder, these exams are being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, all individuals who took an on-line exam and received a temporary license will be required to re-test in 2021.
The Department relies on the integrity of the agricultural community and industry to safeguard the examination. Cheating, copying, theft of the exam or any other activity compromising the examination is grounds for license revocation