Applicator Certification

Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam Information:


To be certified in the CNMI as a Pesticide Applicator an individual must take the Core Exam. The exam administered by CNMI DEQ is based on the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual

and the CNMI Pesticides Regulations.  It is the responsibility of the student to study the core manual and the CNMI Pesticide Regulations.


EXAMS are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 9am-11am at the DEQ conference room. Examinations are limited to ten (10) persons per month.

2018 Dates:


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Candidates must register at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled examination date. Candidates who submit incomplete registration forms OR do not make the appropriate exam payment will not be allowed to take the exam.

For both Private and Commercial Certification for Pesticide Application an individual must first submit an Examination Application for Pesticide Certification along with a Non Refundable Exam Fee of $10.00  to reserve a seat for the exam day (payment must be made payable to CNMI Treasury). 

Please submit to BECQ via: Email to Pesticide program or Fax to (670)- 664-8540.

Exam Details:

Each exam is a written, closed-book examination consisting of sixty (60) multiple choice questions. Each candidate has up to two (2) hours to complete the exam. The minimum passing score is 70%.

Examination includes but is not limited to: labeling; safety factors; environmental consequences; pest identification and characteristics; pesticide types, formulations and dilutions; equipment maintenance and calibration; proper storage, use, and disposal of pesticides and containers; pesticide application techniques; pesticide laws and regulations; recordkeeping; worker protection standards; and other relevant information as deemed necessary, including but not limited to new developments and other pertinent matters.

Exam Categories are: Commercial Agriculture, Commercial Resort (Ornamental & Turf), Commercial Institutional (structural, health) and Private Agricultural. 

Certification and Fees:

Commercial Applicator  (Non Refundable $50.00, New or Renewal)

Plant.  This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in production of agricultural crops, including without limiting the foregoing, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, feed grains, soybeans and forage; vegetables; small fruits; tree fruits and nuts; as well as on grasslands and non-crop agricultural lands.

Animal.  This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides on animals, including without limiting the foregoing, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, horses, goats, poultry, and livestock, and to places on or in which animals are confined.  Doctors of Veterinary Medicine engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire, publicly holding themselves out as pesticide applicators, or engaged in large-scale use of pesticides are included in this category. Forest pest control.  This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of pesticides in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed producing areas.

Download the certification form here.

Private Applicator: Non Refundable $10.00 (New or Renewal)

Duplicate Certification for Commercial or Private. Non Refundable $10.00 processing fee.

Temporary Certification for Commercial or Private. Non Refundable $10.00 processing fee.

All certificates are valid for a period of three (3) years. All renewal for certification requires a re-take of the examination with the same procedures and payments.

Online Certification

For best practices you may take the initiative to obtain certification online from the following university sites:

Cornell University: is a leader in online courses (~$25)

University of Nevada Reno:

Pennsylvania State University:

University of Tennesee:

Last Updated 4/19/2018

Forms for Applicator Certification


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