Pennsylvania: Pesticide License Recertification with the Virus Blackout

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In response to the cancellation of many recertification meetings, the PA Department of Agriculture is planning to extend the deadline to renew a private applicator’s license. All private applicators who have not yet renewed their license will have more time to renew.

Please keep in mind that if your license expired March 31, 2019, you legally cannot purchase or apply restricted-use chemicals.

Mid-March is typically a very busy time for pesticide recertification meetings across the state. Penn State Extension has cancelled any face-to-face meetings through April 6 as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you are looking for recertification credits to complete your license, the PaPlants website is a great resource.

By using the Recertification Course Locator (located just under the Applicator Information button), you can customize a search for different meetings. The site will list all types of classes: onsite, correspondence, webinar, and online classes. If you see an onsite (face-to-face) meeting listed, our recommendation is that you call the contact to ensure the meeting is still happening.

Keep in mind that any class is only good once during the applicator’s lifetime. For example, if you register for an online class and successfully complete it, you cannot retake it for credit again.

As a service to the community, Penn State Extension is hosting 2 separate webinars on Thursday, March 26. Webinars will be held from 12-2 pm and 7-9 pm. If you are unable to connect during those times, you can still register for the webinar, and simply watch the recording at your convenience.

In order to successfully obtain credits, you will be required to pass a simple 10-question quiz following the webinar. The webinars and quiz will be open through April 26, 2020. Each webinar will focus on agronomic crops and contain a different agenda.

You will receive 2 core and 2 category credits for each webinar you view. Credits will be awarded in the following categories:

  • 2 Core
  • 2 PC (Private Category)
  • 2 Category 01
  • 2 Category 18

The fee for each of the webinars is $10. To register for the Penn State Extension webinars, go to Agronomic Pesticide Update Webinar .

Renewing Your License

If you’ve obtained all your necessary credits and have not yet renewed your license, the Department of Agriculture is strongly recommending that applicators renew their license online.

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Offices in Harrisburg are closed, so any renewals sent through the mail will not be processed until offices open. Once open, there will be a backlog of paperwork to complete and your renewal will be delayed. To renew your license (paying with a credit card), visit the PA Plants homepage.

The first step would be to register on the PaPlants site. In order to do that, you will need your PaPlants ID and PIN numbers. Your PaPlants ID and PIN are printed on your renewal form.

If you do not see your PaPlants ID and PIN on your form, that means you’ve already created a username and password to access your account at some point. If you do not know your username, email to retrieve it. To login or register, click on Logon/Register at the bottom left of the screen.

Once you have registered and selected your user name and password, you will be able to login to the site.

From there, you will have access to your account, and can view past attended meetings, renew your license, etc. Here is an example of a screen where an applicator can renew their license:

Renewal fees for your license are processed with a credit card payment. The beauty of this system is that your renewal is processed automatically. You will receive your new license as soon as the PDA offices open back up in Harrisburg.

Hopefully, these opportunities allow you to obtain the credits you need to keep your pesticide license current. If you have any questions regarding your license, please contact 717-772-5231 or

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