You qualify to take this exam to (re)certify for 2024 if:

  1. Your private pesticide applicator license is currently expired.
  2. You are a new applicator and have never held a private applicator license.
  3. Your private pesticide applicator license will expire on March 1, 2024.

If you aren't comfortable with technology, you may choose to:

  • Take the mail-in (re)certification exam. Mail-in exams are available at most local Extension offices (extension.umn.edu/local). Please call ahead for office hours and test material availability.
  • Attend a workshop only if you are recertifying. Please note that workshops are only available in January and February.
Getting Ready To Start Your Registration
  • Watch Videos and Access Reference Materials!
Clicking on a link below will open a new internet browser tab so you can return to this PSEE X240 registration tab for your convenience.

Step-By-Step Registration Video Registration Instructions and guest account management

Step-By-Step Registration Reference Guide View/print/download the 2024 Step-By-Step Registration Guide (be patient while guide loads)

Guest Account Password Reset Video If you already have a University of Minnesota guest account due to a past registration, you must change your password prior to registering to reactivate your guest account. This will prevent login challenges during registration. 

19th Edition Study Manual Access the online PDF study manual or order a copy from the UMN bookstore

  • Creating a guest account because you're new to the University? USE YOUR OWN EMAIL ADDRESS to which you have immediate access! Failure to do so could result in someone else's name on your certification card. Duplicate and shared emails in guest accounts cannot be used.
  • Have your certification number and credit card information ready. New applicators who have never been certified in the past, enter "00000" (5 zeros).
  • PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION NUMBERS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE TO OTHERS, including family members. Even if your certification is expired, you must still use the same previous assigned number. Can't find your certification number? Find it online at z.umn.edu/PPATcertlookup (uncheck "Unexpired Licenses Only" box if your certification is expired).

** Please call UMN's Technology Help Desk at 612-301-4357
for all guest account and login related problems **

Mail-in and Online Exams are Not the Same
  • You may not transfer payment from the online exam to the mail-in exam, or vice versa. Once you have chosen your exam method, you are committed to follow through with that method. Please choose carefully.
  • You may not enter responses from a paper mail-in exam to this online version.
  • There is a $75 non-refundable fee for the online and mail-in exam. Any cancellations of exam registrations, including chargebacks, will be subject to a $30 administration fee.
Receipt Notes, Exam Link & Instructions, Grading, and Certificate
  • Links to the exam and instructions can be found by clicking on the "Receipt Notes" in the receipts screen at the end of your registration and also in your University of Minnesota Confirmation email. Please check your spam/junk folders if you do not see the email in your inbox.
  • You have 3 attempts to earn a score of at least 80% on this exam to (re)certify for your private pesticide applicator's certification. After you achieve a passing score of 40 points or more, you can view and print your temporary certificate.
  • Do not re-attempt the exam to improve the passing score, as this can cause errors in the system and you may not be (re)certified. Allow up to 60 days to receive your new private pesticide applicator certification card from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
All exams must be successfully completed by 11:59 PM on October 31, 2024,  in order to be (re)certified in 2024. At this time, the exam will close and you will not have access to it. 

If you have any questions before you register for the exam, please contact us. 

For Exam Content or Test Questions

Tana Haugen-Brown                                                                  
Co-Coordinator & Extension Educator                                        
Private Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education              
Email: thbrown@umn.edu                                                             
Phone: 763-260-4423
For General Program Help
Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Suite L-1
Andover, MN 55304
Email: ppathelp@umn.edu 
Phone: 763-767-3840      
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Section Title
2024 Private Pesticide Applicator Cert Exam
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
Reading List / Textbook
The Private Pesticide Applicator Manual 19th Edition can be purchased from your local county/regional Extension office, or purchased online from University of Minnesota Bookstores. You may also access a free PDF version of the manual on our website.
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