Current Private Applicators
Permit Renewal Process
In October of the expiration year printed on the private applicator permit, OISC (Office of Indiana State Chemist) sends a letter to applicators whose permit expires December 31 of that year. The letter includes a permit form for the applicator 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 that five-year period the private applicator has the option of attending three pesticide recertification programs sponsored by an extension educator (see Pesticide Recertification Programs). A maximum of two programs in one year will count for program credit. If the private applicator chooses not to attend three recertification programs by the end of the five-year permit period the applicator will need to pass the Pesticide Core exam before a new private pesticide applicator permit will be issued (see Pesticide Core exam).
Pesticide Recertification Programs
Private Applicator Records
OISC maintains a database of private pesticide applicators. A private applicator record contains a permit number, address, permit expiration date, and dates of attended pesticide recertification programs.
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Anyone who does not have a current Private Applicator Permit is required to take the Pesticide Core exam.
Pesticide Core Exam
The Pesticide Core exam is required of:
- First-time private pesticide applicators.
- A Farmer/Grower with an expired private applicator permit.
- Any private applicator that does not attend three pesticide recertification programs in five years.
The Pesticide Core exam is a multiple answer exam taken from the pesticide applicator core manual (PPP-C). The exam takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the person.
The following options are available to take the pesticide core exam.
- Self-study, take the exam at a regional site. No charge for exam.
- Self-study, take the exam at a monthly exam date at Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. No charge for exam.
- Self-study, take the exam via computer at one of six locations. Charge of $64.
- Attend all-day training session, exam given at end of day at Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. Fee of $90 includes study manual.
For further information on registration for these exam options go to the Exam site.
Extension educators do not give the Pesticide Core exam in the counties.
Those who pass the exam will be sent a private applicator permit form and a request for $20. After receiving the completed form and fee, OISC will issue the private applicator permit.
After receiving the permit, the applicator must attend 3 pesticide recertification programs before the end of the five-year permit.
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