Non-commercial Applicators: Golf course superintendants, groundskeepers, those that perform in-house cooling tower maintenance, those that recommend the use of or sell pesticides but do not apply them, and others that may use pesticides ONLY on their employer's property.
To become a Certified Non-Commercial Applicator you will need to take and pass the appropriate exams administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, and pay the appropriate fees.
Non-commercial applicators must take and pass the CORE exam and all appropriate category exams. You must speak to the Pesticide Certification & Training (C & T) Coordinator to determine which certification categories you need in order to perform the pesticide-related work you plan to do in Vermont, which determines the manuals you will need to purchase. See contact information at right.
The study manuals are available for purchase online through the Cornell Store. Non-commercial Applicators need to study the CORE manual (3rd edition) and the Vermont specific inserts to pass the CORE exam, plus non-commercial applicators need to study at least 1 additional category manual and pass that exam to become certified. More information on purchasing the manuals can be found on the Applicator & Dealer Resource Page under Purchasing Certifcation Manuals.
Once you receive your manuals, study on your own, and when you are ready to take the exam or exams, contact the C & T Coordinator to make an appointment for any of the testing locations. You may take just one exam at a time, or as many as you can do in the 3 hour time limit.
See the Pesticide Exams page for an exam schedule.
There is no fee to take the exams, but exam re-takes cost $25.00, and you must pay for your certificate once you pass all of the required exams.
Once you pass the exams, you become certified by filling out an application, available at the testing location or on the Applications & Forms page, and paying the appropriate fees. Non-commercial certificates cost $30 per certification category per year. (The core does not count as a category when calculating the fee.)
Non-Commercial applicators are EXEMPT from the requirement that their employer obtain a Pesticide Company License.