Exams and Recertification Information

EXAMS

Exam Schedules 
  • An exam fee of $10 PER EXAM will be charged for each person taking a pesticide exam at scheduled exam sessions. This fee must be received before exam results can be released.  Private Applicators and government agency employees are exempt from paying exam fees.
  • Exam scores shall be valid for a period of 12 months in the event a license is not issued.
  • All fees shall be sent to ISDA, Boise, Idaho.  No fees are accepted in the field.
  • Unscheduled examinations for professional applicators will be charged an additional administrative fee of $5 per exam. (except government agencies)
  • Exams administered at a time other than the regularly scheduled exam dates shall be paid for in advance.

Pre-licensing Training- Multiple training locations in February-March of 2013. This training will better prepare the attendee to take muliple exams.

RECERTIFICATION

Recertification is a program for all individuals who are certified as Private Applicators and Professional Applicators to insure they maintain competence and keep current with changing technology.  The recertification period is simultaneous with the licensing period.

All licenses have adequate space for recertification stickers and a signature line on the reverse side.  Private Applicators are required to obtain stickers totaling 6 credit hours during their licensing period.  Professional Applicators are required to obtain stickers totaling 15 credit hours during the licensing period.  The stickers are issued by the seminar sponsor after attending an accredited seminar.

Additionally, all licensees are encouraged to maintain a list of the dates and locations of the recertification seminars they attended.  Forms for tracking credits are available through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Boise office.

Sign-in sheets will also be provided at each of the seminars.  Licensees are not required to sign the sheets, but are encouraged to do so.  If a license is lost or destroyed during the licensing period, an individual may contact ISDA with the date and location of the seminar attended.  The sign-in sheet will be checked and if attendance can be confirmed, credit will be given. 

Companies or individuals desiring to sponsor an educational seminar must first submit a request for recertification credits to ISDA at least 30 days prior to the event.  Seminar content will be reviewed and credits assigned.  Approved seminar time of 60 minutes will be worth one recertification credit.  A licensee may obtain all of the required recertification credits in the same year, instead of distributing the seminar credits over the two-year licensing period.  Extra recertification credits cannot be carried over into the next licensing period.

In order to recertify through examination, an individual must pass the appropriate ISDA recertification examinations with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

Important Recertification Information!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • Please take note of the following requirements when requesting recertification credits:
  • A completed request for accreditation of a seminar shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the Department.
  • Such request shall be received by the Department not less than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled seminar. Under exceptional circumstances, as described in writing by the person requesting accreditation, the thirty (30) day requirement may be waived.
  • One credit will be assigned for every 60 minutes of accredited time. Private Applicators require 6 credits and Professional Applicators require 15 credits over the two year licensing period. Credits must be stickered on the licenses upon exiting the seminar. Only authorized individuals shall have the authority to sticker the licenses.
  • Credit will be given only for those parts of seminars that deal with the following pesticide subjects:
  • labels and labeling, including terminology, instructions, format, warnings and symbols;
  • safety factors and procedures, including protective clothing and equipment, first aid, toxicity, symptoms of poisoning, storage, handling, transportation and disposal;
  • laws, rules and regulations governing pesticides;
  • environmental considerations, including the effect of climate and physical or geographical factors on pesticides and We effects of pesticides on the environment, and the animals and plants living in it;
  • mixing and loading, including interpretation of labels, safety precautions, compatibility of mixtures and protection of the environment;
  • methods of use or application, including types of equipment, calibration, application techniques, and prevention of drift and other types of pesticide migration;
  • pests to be controlled, including identification, damage characteristics, biology and habitat;
  • types of pesticides, including formulations, mode of action, toxicity, persistence and hazards of use; and
  • chemigation practices involving the application of chemicals through irrigation systems.

In order to recertify at the end of the licensing period, Private Applicators will send in the following:

  • a license renewal application form. Private Applicator License Application
  • the licensing fee of $10 for the RU Category, $20 for the Chemigation Category, or $30 for both categories;
  • list of chemigation systemsand a photocopy of the front and back of the license, showing the licensee’s signature and the appropriate recertification credits.  Address changes and other updated information should be shown on the application form.

In order to recertify through examination, an individual must pass the ISDA recertification examinations with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

In order to recertify at the end of the licensing period, Professional Applicators will send in the following:

  • A license renewal application form. Professional Applicator License Application

  • If chemigating, certify all chemigation systems;

  • The licensing fee of $120; ($60.00 for 13 months or less).

  • Proof of financial responsibility. This may be accomplished by providing the ISDA with documentation provided in IDAPA 02.03.03.250.01.a.  A Company manager may indicate the company insurance policy covers all employees.  Professional applicators that do not apply pesticides may request an exemption from the financial responsibility requirement by submitting a request on a form provided by the department; and

  • a photocopy of the front and back of the license, showing the licensee’s signature and the appropriate recertification credits.  Address changes and other information updates should be shown on application forms.

Boise Office