The following information d introduces online services for pesticide applicators is from VDACS’ Office of Pesticide Services.
The Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) has launched a new online certification system for pesticide applicators. Using the online system can potentially reduce the overall processing time, eliminate postage costs and enable easy online payments for both prospective and currently certified pesticide applicators. While the current process of sending in paper copies remains an option, applicators now have the option to complete and submit an application and the corresponding fee to become a certified applicator or to have their certification reinstated or add a category via an online portal. Applicators may also submit change of information forms and all other related activities online. Applicators electing to use the online system will have all of their Letters of Authorization to test, applicator certificates and other similar correspondence sent electronically. Applicators electing to continue to use the paper-based process will continue to have any Letters of Authorization to test, applicator certificates and other correspondence sent via regular mail. All applications and other submissions will continue to be processed based on the date of receipt in OPS. This includes both paper and online submissions.
Interested applicators may access the online portal. Once on the Online Registration Landing Page, select the link under the Pesticide Applicator Certification header to go to the Online Certified Pesticide Applicator Page. Further instructions are provided online to assist you at each step:
- Tokens were included in the renewal letters sent to applicators whose certificates had an expiration date of June 30, 2022. The tokens in the renewal letter expire November 30, 2022*. If an applicator received a token, but has not set up their account they should select the link under the heading “If you have received a renewal letter to get access to your historical records” to enter their token. The token is only used for the initial account set up. After entering the token, the applicator will be able to create a username and password. They will use the username and password for future access to the account. Applicators who have set up a username and password will access their account using the link under the heading “If you have previously created your login account.
*When a token has expired, applicators will need to follow the steps provided for current or previously certified applicators below who do not have a token.
- Applicators who are currently certified, were previously certified or previously applied to take an exam that wish to access their records online but do not have a token should send an email requesting access to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email request, include the applicator’s email address that will be used to access the user’s account and used for future correspondence. An invitation to the account will be sent to the specified email with a link to create the account. No token should be required.
- Prospective applicators (applicators who have not previously submitted an application to take an exam and are not certified) can create an account without a token. Select the link under the “If you have never previously submitted a pesticide applicator form” to set up your account.
Should you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Liza Fleeson Trossbach
Program Manager | Office of Pesticide Services | Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services |