On-line Pesticide Testing Option

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will extend applicator, operator and dealer licenses that expired December 31, 2019. These licenses will now be valid through December 31, 2020.  In addition, non-certified applicators (operators) who did not qualify for a license extension will not have a testing requirement for the remainder of 2020. Operators must continue to work under the direction of a certified applicator and receive general pesticide training.  More detailed information regarding operator testing exemptions and training requirements can be found here:


Applicators who did not qualify for a license extension and in need of licensure will be required to take their required exams through the Department's online testing option.


Thank you for your patience as the Illinois Department of Agriculture developed an effective and realistic plan for private and commercial pesticide applicator testing. After consultation with US EPA, the Department released online testing on Monday, April 6, 2020. Currently, 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.


  1. Email 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 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