Who We Are
Associate Director: Jack Peterson
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.
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:
- Pesticide Registration Search
- Credential Holder Search
- Trainer Search
- Fertilizer License Search
- Seed Dealer Search
- Seed Labeler Search
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):
- Ag Pest Control
- Forest Pest Control
- Seed Treatment
- Aquatic Pest Control
- 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):
- Insects and Mites
- Plant Pathogens
- 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)
Where do I find a list of forms?
Visit our Download Forms page.
Can I see how many credit hours I have accumulated?
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.
Compliance Reference Information
For more information, call (602) 542-3578.