Private Applicators

Private Applicator:  Any person producing an agricultural commodity on land that he/she owns or rents, and who uses, or supervises the use of a restricted use pesticide, must be certified.

Examples:  Farmers of all kinds including, but not limited to, dairy and those that grow row crops, forage, vegetables, berries, apples, grapes, nursery stock, Christmas trees, etc.

To become a Certified Private Applicator you need to take and pass the Private CORE Exam administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.


Study the appropriate manual.  Private core exams are based on the Cornell Core Manual (Third Edition, 2012) with several Vermont specific sections added to it.  Be sure to read the Vermont Regulations for Control of Pesticides to understand your legal responsibilities as a pesticide applicator in Vermont.

Certification Manual

The study manual is available for purchase online through the Cornell Store.  Private Applicators only need to study the CORE manual (3rd edition) and the Vermont specific inserts to become certified.  More information on purchasing the manual can be found on the Applicator & Dealer Resource Page under Purchasing Certifcation Manuals.

Certification Exam

Once you receive your manual, study on your own, and when you are ready to take the exam contact the C & T Coordinator to make an appointment for any of the testing locations.

Visit the Pesticide Exam Page for the exam schedule with directions to exam locations.

There is no fee to take the exam the first time, but re-takes cost $25.00. Upon passing the CORE exam, and paying a $25 fee, you will be issued a  five (5) year private applicator certificate.