Category 3, 5, and 6 Training and Testing
To prepare workers to take the certification exam, we provide six hours* of instruction, and at the completion of the training, the Department of Agriculture administers the exam. With the instruction fresh in their minds, 90 percent of the workers pass the exam the first time.
Category 3: Ornamental and Lawn Care
Category 3 licensing and certification is required for persons handling, using or supervising the use of pesticides or fertilizers for insect, weed, and/or disease control in residential and commercial landscapes and lawns.
Category 5: Aquatic Pest Control
Category 5 licensing and certification is required for persons applying or supervising the application of any pesticide purposefully applied to standing or running water, excluding applicators engaged in public health-related activities.
Category 6: Right-of-Way Pest Control
Category 6 licensing and certification is required for persons handling, using or supervising the use of pesticides in the maintenance of public roads, electric power lines, pipelines, railway right-of-ways, or similar areas. This is the certification most often required of state and local government highway workers.