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Commercial Applicator Recertification Schedules

In-Person Recertification Training

We have resumed in-person recertification training but advise that the schedule may change at any time as COVID-19 guidelines for meetings evolve. Preregistration for recertification training is required because class size is limited at all locations to meet physical distancing guidelines. If you preregister for an event we have to cancel, we will notify you and help you reserve a seat in a later class or find alternative means to recertify.

Recertification training begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. The cost of the training is $75, and preregistration is required. Complete a registration form online to reserve a seat in a class. If mailing a payment, include a printed copy of the completed registration form and make checks payable to MSU Extension.

Please contact the Mississippi Pesticide Safety Education Program ( | telephone (662) 325-5829 or (662) 325-0795) if you have questions or need further instructions. If you have specific questions regarding the status of your license or certification, contact the Bureau of Plant Industry at (662) 325-3390.

Certification Testing

Exams for individuals seeking first-time certification will be given at all locations according to the schedule below (training is only for applicators who need to be recertified). Testing sessions begin at 9:00 a.m., preregistration is not necessary, and there is no cost to test. Seating is limited to meet physical distancing guidelines. 

2023 Commercial Applicator Recertification Schedules





Thursday, January 12, 2023
Thursday, April 13, 2023 
Thursday, July 13, 2023 
Thursday, October 12, 2023

Recertification Training
Extension Building (next to Shelter Insurance)
394 Hwy 51 South, Batesville, MS 38606 (Map/Directions)

Panola County Extension Office
245-C Eureka Street (Map/Directions)
Phone 662-563-6260


Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popp's Ferry Road (Map/Directions)
Phone 228-388-4710



Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Forrest County Extension Office
952 Sullivan Drive (Map/Directions)
Phone 601-545-6083


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Central MS Research and Extension Center
1320 Seven Springs Road (Map/Directions)

Phone 601-857-2284


Thursday, February 9, 2023
Thursday, May 11, 2023 
Thursday, August 10, 2023 
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Delta Research and Extension Center
82 Stoneville Rd. (Map/Directions)
Phone 662-686-9311


Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Tuesday, August 8, 2023 
Tuesday, November 7, 2023

North MS Research and Extension Center
5421 Hwy. 145 South (Map/Directions)
Phone 662-566-2201

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Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Insects-Pests August 28, 2023

MISSISSIPPI STATE , Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist has been elected to the executive board of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Gene Merkl, program manager for pesticide safety education for the state of Mississippi, will serve as president-elect for the nationwide organization. His service on the board is a three-year commitment.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Coronavirus May 11, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- There is a new online pathway for agricultural producers and applicators to obtain pesticide use certification.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Pesticide Safety Education Program, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC), has launched an online Private Applicator Certification program in Mississippi.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Insects-Crop Pests, Weed Control for Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Weed Control March 6, 2020

The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems is open online and scheduled at several sites across Mississippi.

The online modules are available at

The face-to-face workshops will be March 16-17 in Tunica, Coahoma, Hinds, Lee and Washington counties.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Waste Management February 25, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Farmers in Monroe and Tunica counties can dispose of unused hazardous agricultural products at two separate events.

The Waste Pesticide Disposal events, organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will accept insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Household chemicals, rinsates, and empty and bulk containers will not be accepted.

Filed Under: Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification February 26, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems has been opened online and scheduled at several sites in the Delta and north Mississippi.

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