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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold private pesticide applicator training classes throughout 2022. These classes are designed for the farmers who need to take the private pesticide applicator test in order to purchase restricted-use products. Chemical safety and sprayer calibration will also be discussed, so anyone who sprays pesticides on a large scale will benefit from this training even if a restricted pesticide license is not needed.


To attend any of these classes, call the offices linked for each session to make a reservation.

A fee of $20 will be charged for these training and testing opportunities. Applicants will send an additional licensing fee of $25 to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The licensing fee is not included in the training and testing fee. Plan to pay with a check made out the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in the amount of $20 or with the correct cash amount. However, checks are preferred.

Participants must bring and wear a face mask in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Meeting Schedule

January 13 – Coosa County

January 20 – Randolph County

January 21 – Talladega County

January 24 – Henry County

January 25 – Cherokee County

January 26 – Chambers County

  • 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Valley Sportsplex
  • 130 Sportsplex Dr.,Valley, Alabama 36854
  • (334) 727-0340

February 1 – Houston County

February 1 – Clay County

February 3 – Macon County

February 3 – Dale County

February 8 – Coffee County

February 10 – Cleburne County

February 15 – Barbour County

February 15 – Lee County

February 17 – Crenshaw County 

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
  • Tom Harbin Ag Center
  • 816 Airport Road, Luverne, Alabama 36049
  • (334) 335-6312

February 17 – Etowah County

February 22 – Geneva County

February 23 –  DeKalb County

February 24 – Pike County

February 28 – Geneva County

March 1 – Jackson County

March 1 – Covington County

March 3 – Bullock County

March 3 – Calhoun County

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
  • Piedmont Farmers C0-Op
  • 900 US Hwy 278 Bypass E, Piedmont, Alabama 36272
  • (256) 237-1621

March 15 – Cullman County

March 29 – Blount County

April 5 – Jackson County

April 26 – Marshall County

September 15 – Tallapoosa County

October 4 – Russell County

More Information

Read and follow the label directions before applying pesticides. Extension offices have information on pesticides that are labeled for certain crops, such as insects, disease, and weed control in turf, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit, forages, and other areas such as insects in wood structures.

When spraying large areas, remember that sprayer calibration is extremely important. Sprayer calibration is the process of figuring out how many gallons of water is being applied to a known area and making needed adjustments so that the correct volume of water is applied. The particular pesticide label will give a range of desired gallons of water per acre that is needed to be applied along with the recommended rate of pesticide. Simple math calculations and a little time are needed to properly calibrate a sprayer. If you need more information on sprayer calibration, just contact your county’s Extension office, or visit the Extension website at www.aces.edu and search sprayer calibration.

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