Private applicator permits are current for five years. In that five years, you attend three recertification programs or take the pesticide or fertilizer certification exam. In October of the expiration year printed on the private applicator permit, the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) sends a letter to applicators whose permit expires December 31 of that year. The letter includes a permit form to complete and a request for $20. When the completed form and fee are received, OISC sends a new permit for the next five years.

Within the five-year period, a private applicator has the option of attending 3 recertification programs hosted by a county Extension educator. Recertification programs are at least two hours in length on fertilizer and/or pesticide-related topic(s). Each program will also include an approved regulatory topic. A private applicator can attend and receive credit for a recertification program in any county, not just their home county.

One of the three recertification programs can be an online program. A maximum of two recertification programs (online or in the county) in one year can receive recertification credit.

You can find dates and locations of approved pesticide recertification programs on the PARP Events page and advertised through county Extension offices.

The private applicators in attendance need to provide their signature, printed name, private applicator permit number or last four digits of their Social Security number on attendance sheets. The entire program must be attended in order to receive credit toward recertification. A fee of $10 is collected. Some programs may have additional fees to cover a meal, etc. The fee can be paid by the applicator or by a sponsoring organization. You should retain the receipt for your records as proof of attendance.

A maximum of two recertification programs per year, can be attended for credit. Refunds will not be given if more than two programs are attended in a year.

The program year is January 1 through December 31.