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Private Applicator

  • If you are unsure whether you need a private applicator’s license, or another type of license, try our using our decision tree.
  • If you need a private applicator license, see the options below for taking the open-book exam.  Remember, private applicators are required to comply with the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act and the associated Rules and Regulations. Click the hyperlinks for more information.
  • If you need to renew your current license, CLICK HERE. As of October 1, 2020, all renewals are processed online.

Renewal Process


Applicants for private applicator licenses must:

  1. Submit an order form with a payment of $20 for the private applicator exam and manual (or see other options below).
  2. Successfully complete the private applicator exam.
  3. Submit the $75 license fee with the application, exam answer sheet and a copy of your driver’s license.
Taking the exam

You have two options for taking the test:


  • Paper test: you can get the printed study guide and test from the CDA for $20. There is no time limit to return the test.
Expiration & Continuing Education

Private applicator licenses expire 3 years from your birth-date. The renewal fee is $75. In order to renew your license, you must either:

  • Obtain all required continuing education credits (CECs) PRIOR to your license expiring and submit your renewal before the expiration date. All renewals (as of October 1, 2020) must be made online. CLICK HERE


  • Retest and resubmit an application (start the certification process over again).

You MUST have already passed the Private Applicator exam (CDA must have your score) OR have earned all the renewal credits required.

Questions? Please contact CDA at 303-869-9064 or by email.


If you have earned ALL your CECs and submit your renewal after the expiration date, you are subject to a late fee:

  • Renewing within 30 days after license expired, you’re subject to a $7.50 late fee.
  • Renewing within 180 days after license expired, you’re subject to a $20 late fee.
  • Renewing beyond 180 days after license is expired is NOT allowed and you must retake the exam.


If you have not earned all the required CECs, retake the exam and apply for a new license.

If you choose to renew through CECs, you must obtain 1 or 2 credits in each of 6 different categories:
•Applicator Safety (1 credit)
•Environmental Protection (1 credit)
•Laws and Regulations (2 credits)
•Pesticides and Their Families (1 credit)
•Public Safety (1 credit)
•Use of Pesticides (1 credit)

Find upcoming CEC workshops on our Workshop Calendar.

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