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. To prepare participants to take the certification exam, we provide six hours of instruction. Immediately following the completion of the training, the Department of Agriculture administers the exam.
Category 18: Turf or Ornamental (Golf Course)
Category 18 licensing and certification is required for persons who apply pesticides or fertilizer to land on which turf and ornamental care is done for the purpose of preparing the land for use in the game of golf.
We do not provide certification testing for Category 18. It is assumed individuals attending the continuing education training already have certification in these areas or do not need such certification. If you need certification in Category 18, please contact the Department of Agriculture directly at 502-573-0282 or visit their website for testing locations: http://www.kyagr.com/consumer/pesticide-training-and-testing.html.