Initial Private Applicator Training
At this time in person Initial Private Applicator Trainings are not being held due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can still get a Montana Private Applicator license by taking the exam at an MSU Extension office. Please contact your local Extension office in advance for more information and use the resources provided below.
Private applicators must be licensed prior to purchasing and using restricted use pesticides (RUP). To become certified an applicator must either:
- Complete the Montana Private Applicator Certification Exam at your local Extension office, or
- Attend a Private Applicator Initial Training listed on this page.
For more information visit our Private Applicator Program page.
If you attend an Initial Private Applicator Training you will be provided the following materials at the time of the event. If you decide to take the exam you are required to have the following manuals prior to applying for a Montana Private Applicator Pesticide License. MSU PEP highly recommends purchasing and studying these materials in advance.
- MontGuide: The Montana Private Applicator Program
- Manual: National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual (second edition, 2014)
- Manual: Montana Private Pesticide Certification Addendum
Core Topic Training Videos
Videos will be available by April 1, 2020 and will be posted here as they are available.
The provided videos can be used to help study for the Montana Private Applicator Exam. These videos cover the seven core topics required in an Initial Private Applicator Training and will prepare applicators for questions found on the exam. Not all material may be covered in these videos so please review the manuals and publications listed above.
- The Montana Private Applicator License
- Reading the Pesticide Product Label
- Pesticide Laws
- Pesticides in the Environment
- Pesticide Safety
- Integrated Pest Management
Several of the videos have story problems included as an additional training exercise. To utilize these please download the Core Topic Story Problem Packet. Answers to the story problems are presented in the videos.
2020 Initial Training Details and Registration
The course list is updated as courses are approved. Please check back for more options.
|1/22/2020||Hingham||Hill County Extension|
|2/24/2020||Fort Benton||Chouteau County Extension|
|2/25/2020||Chester||Liberty County Extension|
|3/3/2020||Crow Agency||Big Horn County Extension|
|3/11/2020||Great Falls||Cascade County Extension|
|3/17/2020||Scobey||Daniels County Extension|
|3/24/2020||Chinook||CANCELLED - Contact the Blaine County Extension Office for testing options at (406) 357-3200.|
|3/26/2020||Missoula||CANCELLED - Contact your local Extension Office for testing options.|
|4/8/2020||Ennis||CANCELLED - Contact the Madison/Jefferson County Extension Office for testing options at (406) 287-3282.|
|4/9/2020||Anaconda||CANCELLED - Contact the Deer Lodge County Extension Office for testing options at (406) 563-4035.|
|4/29/2020||Dillon||Beaverhead County Extension||