Environmental Services

Who We Are

For questions relating to licensing, registration, testing, certification and brand issuance.  Please contact licensing at [email protected] or at 602-542-3578.

Compliance:  For pesticide worker safety inspection related questions - Ernesto Lugo or Alex Bellotti at 928-344-7909.  For agriculture pesticide use related compliance inspections or places selling feed, fertilizer, seed or pesticides. Please contact either Jim Steelman at 602-542-0959 or Arturo Aguirrebarrena at 928-344-7909 or Ryan Root at 602-542-0953.


For other concerns:

Associate Director: Jack Peterson
(602) 542-3575

Administrative Assistant, Leslie Perea-Angulo
(602) 542-3579


What We Do

  • A majority of licensing, certification, and registration for the agency.  This includes feed, fertilizer, seed, pesticides, ag and pest management pesticide use credentials, meat, dairy and egg, livestock brands and native plant tags and permits.  This is all done in accordance with federal and state laws.
  • Sampling all feeds, fertilizers, pesticides and seeds for product quality to ensure consumers receive what the label states. 
  • Ensure compliance with pesticide use laws in agriculture, ensuring established buffer zones are followed, label directions are adherd to, and people are protected.
  • Train and certify pesticide applicators and advisors. Provide Worker Safety program training, which is to prevent or limit farmworkers exposure to pesticides.

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Do I need a license, permit and/or certification?  

The Arizona Department of Agriculture administers 20 tests relating to pesticide usage. Use the Key to Licenses, Permits & Certifications to decide what you need.

Tests are administered by appointment in Phoenix (602) 542-3578, Tucson (520) 628-6317or (520) 770-3035 and Yuma (928) 344-7909.

There is no cost associated with taking the exam. There is a cost for obtaining the certification or license which is shown in ( ) after the listed exam.

If you are applying pesticides for hire to structures like houses or in any non-farm setting please contact the Licensing section at 602-542-3578.

Where do I find licenses, permits, and certifications?

Find them using these resources:

You can also view the list of online continuing education programs available.

What tests do you offer?

  • Private Applicator exam and Private Applicator Fumigation exam (only allows use of fumigants for on-farm stored commodity or burrowing rodents) - ($50)
  • Commercial Applicator Core Exam - ($50)
  • Commercial Applicator Core Category exams (you must pass at least one category exam to be commercially certified):
  1. Ag Pest Control
  2. Forest Pest Control
  3. Seed Treatment
  4. Aquatic Pest Control
  5. M-44
  6. Rodent
  • Pest Control Advisor (PCA) Core exam - ($50)
  • Pest Control Advisor Category exams (you must pass at least one category exam to be licensed as a PCA): 
  1. Insects and Mites
  2. Plant Pathogens
  3. Nematode
  4. Vertebrates
  5. Weed
  6. Defoliation
  7. Plant Growth Regulators
  • Custom Applicator Core Exam (to  apply pesticides by air or for hire) - ($100)
  • Custom Applicator Ground or Air exam (you must pass at least one of the category exams to be licensed)
  • Pilots exam (final exam for those who fly the planes applying pesticides) - ($50)

Additional resources:

Where do I find a list of forms?

Visit our Download Forms page.

Electronically submit your 1080s.


Can I see how many credit hours I have accumulated?

Important Notice:  You can still see the classes you have taken even if your license has expired, the ability to see the courses taken is not verification your license is still valid.  If you are uncertain about your license status go here:  http://searchagriculture.az.gov/mastercontent/licmainsearch.aspx     If it is not found please contact licensing for further verification at 602-542-3578.

Select your license type to see your credit hours:

Where do I find a list of continuing education credit hours?

Where do I find information about native plants?

Check out our information about Arizona native plants or view the articles below.

Native Plant Articles

Saguaro Bacterial Necrosis Download
Cactus Wood Rules Download
Private Landowners Clearing Protected Native Plants Download
About Moving Protected Native Plants Download

Important Documents

Arizona Management Plan for Pollinator Protection Download
TFI Fertilizer Safety and Security Guidelines for Storage and Transport Download
2018 Groundwater Protection List.pdf Download
ADEQ Approved Pesticides through Sept 2013 Download

Compliance Reference Information

Form 1080 - Pesticide Application Records Submission Download
Arizona Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds by Scientific Name Download
Arizona Prohibited Noxious Weed Seeds by Common Name Download
Arizona Restricted Noxious Weed Seeds by Scientific Name Download
Arizona Restricted Noxious Weed Seeds by Common Name Download

ESD Compliance Articles

Cottonseed Sampling Testing - Prevent Aflatoxin Contamination Milk & Animal Feed Download
Annual ESD Recertification and Training Course Download
Federal Agricultural Soil Fumigant Regulations Information Download

Pesticide Management Areas & Buffer Zone Information

Pesticide Management Areas Monitoring Program Download
Pesticide Buffer Zone Chart Download
Pesticide Management Areas Criteria Download


For more information, call (602) 542-3578.

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