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Pesticide Licensing & Registrations


NJDEP NO LONGER PREPARES OR PROCTORS ANY PESTICIDE EXAMS FOR COMMERICAL OR PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATORS.

Pesticide Certification Exams are now available online only through Rutgers University. The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams. To register for these exams, you must do so through the Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam Registration (PACER) system. Anyone interested in taking a Pesticide exam must register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee for each exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • Exam applicants will pay a fee to Rutgers for each exam.

After an Exam:

You can expect email notification of your scores from Rutgers in 7-10 days.

Exam scores and history for those already possessing a license (license number) will be available from NJDEP’s Online Reports, (see report titled Pesticide Certification Exam Info - Search By License Number )

IF YOU PASSED AN EXAM AND ALREADY HAVE A LICENSE – The new category/s will be added to your license record (allow 2 weeks from the Rutgers email notification date of your passing grade/s for this to process). This information will then be available in NJDEP’s Online Reports, (see report titled Commercial Certified Pesticide Applicators by Name or License Number).

IF YOU PASSED CORE AND COMMERICAL CATEGORY EXAMS or the PRIVATE EXAM FOR A NEW LICENSE
You will need to pay for this new license. All New licensees will need to pay a license fee to NJDEP in order to receive a valid and current license. This fee is separate from the EXAM fee you have already paid.

An invoice record will generate, which is payable & processable online and should be available 2 weeks from the Rutgers email notification date of your passing grade/s. However, delivery of paper invoices may be delayed several weeks beyond invoice availability which can be found online.

To pay & process an invoice online, visit NJDEP’s Online Reports.
To look up an invoice number, see report titled: Invoice Numbers for Unpaid License Invoices – Individuals. Remember that your NEW license number is found in the email you received from Rutgers. Use that invoice number to pay for your license online, for both Commercial and Private Licenses (a Private License invoice carries a zero-dollar amount…IMPORTANT! Zero-dollar amount invoices still need to be paid and processed through the system to receive a current and valid license. Failure to process the “$0.00” fee will prevent a license from being created or mailed.

IF YOU FAILED AN EXAM

You may re-apply directly to Rutgers at pacer.rutgers.edu to re-take an exam(s). You will need to pay for any exams you re-take.

PESTICIDE PAPER LICENSE DELAYS


Due to staff limitations related to the COVID 19 health emergency, processing and mailing of pesticide licenses may experience significant delays.  Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for license arrival via mail.  During that time as always, you may access and print the status of your payment and license. This printed information will be honored by enforcement inspectors until such time that your actual license is received.  To find and print your license status use NJDEP’s Online Reports and select one of the following as appropriate from the alphabetical list of reports.  There are two reports for each to be searched by either name or license number:

  • Applicator Business
  • Certified Pesticide Dealers
  • Commercial Certified Pesticide Applicators
  • Commercial Pesticide Operators
  • Pesticide Dealer Information
  • Private Certified Pesticide Applicators

**FOR FASTER PROCESSING OF ANY LICENSE, PAYING ONLINE IS MORE EFFICIENT, TIMELY AND RECOMMENDED**

With an invoice number you can Pay For Your License Online


PESTICIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS  

Based on the current COVID 19 public health emergency, the Department has extended an interim policy allowing 100% online CEUs for remaining credits to accommodate for applicators whose 5-year recertification cycle ends October 31, 2020 and 2021. To verify if you are eligible, please click HERE.

Numerous online CEU courses are available, and the Department continues to work directly with course providers to maintain an adequate number of online courses and CEUs while ensuring providers adhere to minimal online modality standards including student ID verification and class monitoring. For a list of available online CEU courses and providers, please click HERE.

Based on this interim policy, license recertification dates will not be extended. The Department anticipates that those licenses expiring in 2022 and beyond will be held to the standard maximum of 25% online training CEUs, however further policy adjustments will be considered based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


PESTICIDE PRODUCT REGISTRANTS

The Application for the Initial Registration of a Pesticide Product is now a web form and replaces former application forms VPX-014A & VPX-014B. Note: ALSTAR system subscribers do not have to submit initial product registrations by using this web form.


Click here to view Links for Pesticide Licensing, recertification, product information and permits.



 
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