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Nebraska Pesticide Applicator Testing Sites

For a resident of Nebraska to obtain a new commercial or non-commercial pesticide applicator license, a person needs to do the following:

  • Pass a General Standards(core) exam (60 multiple choice questions, 70% passing)
  • Pass at least one category exam, tied to the sites or pests you will be controlling
  • Complete a license request form
  • Pay the appropriate license fee ($90 for a commercial license)


There are no fees associated with taking Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) exams. To prepare for these exams, a person should obtain study manuals through the University of Nebraska Extension at http://pested.unl.edu. A listing and description of categories can be found at: Categories of Commercial and Noncommercial Pesticide Applicators.

UNL Extension also offers Initial Certification training sessions where videos with a review of training highlights may be viewed prior to taking NDA exams. Please note that exams are based off the content of written manuals and NebGuides, not videos.

Once all exams are successfully completed, a billing statement for the license will be issued. An applicator is not considered licensed until all necessary exams are completed and the license fee has been collected and processed.

Licenses expire April 15 of the third year after it is obtained or renewed. Renewal of licenses may be accomplished by:
  • Attending an approved continuing education course which includes updates to both General Standards (core) information and category-specific information.
  • Complete a license request form
  • Pay the appropriate license fee

Below is a list of sites which offer (1) supplemental training plus exams for initial certification; (2) training for renewal of licenses; and (3) exams only.


2015 Initial Certification Meetings
Commercial and Non-Commercial
(UNL or Association Training plus NDA Exam)
Date Meeting Categolries City Location
Feb 17-18 NATA Convention 00, 01, 12 Kearney Ramada Inn
Feb 19 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04, 07, 08, 08W, 10 Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Feb 26 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04, 06, 07, 09, 11, 14 Grand Island College Park
Feb 26 Custom Applicator School 00, 01 Hastings Central Community College
Feb 26 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04, 05, 10, 14 Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center, NECC
Feb 26 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04, 07, 08, 08W North Platte UNL West Central Research Center
Feb 26 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04, 05, 07, 08, 08W Scottsbluff Panhandle Research Center
Mar 12 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04, 08, 08W, 14 Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Mar 12 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 07, 14 Valentine Cherry County Extension Office
Mar 17 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04, 06, 14 Beatrice Gage County Extension Office
Mar 17 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04, 07, 14 Scottsbluff Panhandle Research Center
Mar 24 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04, 07 Ogallala Valentino's
Apr 9 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04 Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Apr 9 UNL Initial Certification 00, 01, 04 North Platte UNL West Central Research Center
Apr 9 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04, 07, 08, 08W Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Apr 9 UNL Initial Certification 00, 04 Scottsbluff Panhandle Research Center

To register for all UNL Initial Certification meetings, go to the Pesticide Safety Education Program web site.

For the meetings underlined above, registration must be made through the following:
2015 Recertification/Renewal Meetings
Commercial and Non-Commercial
(No NDA Exams Offered)
Date Meeting Categories City Location
Feb 10-11 UPMC 00, 08, 08W, 09, 11 Lincoln Cornhusker Hotel
Feb 17 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 05, 07, 08, 08W, 11 Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Feb 17-18 NATA Convention 00, 01, 12 Kearney Ramada Inn
Feb 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 05, 07, 08, 08W, 14 Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center, NECC
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 07, 09, 11 Beatrice Gage County Extension Office
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 07 Dakota City Farm Services Center
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 05, 07, 08, 08W, 11 Grand Island College Park
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07, 09, 10, 14 North Platte UNL West Central Research Center
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 07, 08, 08W, 09, 11 Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 05, 07, 09 O'Neill Holt County Courthouse Annex
Feb 24 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 05, 07, 11, 14 Scottsbluff Panhandle Research Center
Feb 26 Custom Applicator School 00, 01 Hastings Central Community College
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07, 09 Beatrice Gage County Extension Office
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07, 09 Fremont Dodge County Extension Office
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 05, 07, 11 Holdrege Phelps County Fairgrounds
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07, 08, 08W, 11, 14 Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07, 08, 08W, 09, 14 Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center, NECC
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 05, 07, 09, 10, 14 Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 05, 07, 09, 11, 14 Scottsbluff Panhandle Research Center
Mar 19 UNL Recertification 00, 04, 05, 07, 14 Valentine Cherry County Extension Office
Mar 26 UNL Recertification 00, 01, 04, 07 Ogallala Valentino's

To register for all UNL Recertification meetings, go to the Pesticide Safety Education Program web site.

For the meetings underlined above, registration must be made through the following: Exams will need to be taken to recertify in:
• 01a (Soil Fumigation) • 03 (Forest) • 06 (Seed Treatment) • 02 (Ag Animal) • 05S (Sewer Root)

2015 NDA Walk-in "Testing Only" Sessions
(Exams must start between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
Date   City Location
Jan 12   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Jan 26   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Feb 23   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Mar 6   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Mar 23   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Apr 2   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Apr 9   Grand Island Hall County Extension Office
Apr 10   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Apr 15   O'Neill Courthouse Annex
Apr 16   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Apr 20   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Apr 23   Hastings CCC Webster Building
Apr 23   Sidney Farm Bureau Building
Apr 23   Columbus Courthouse basement meeting room
Apr 29   Alliance Box Butte County Extension Office
Apr 30   Chadron Dawes County Extension Office
May 4   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
May 7   Grand Island Hall County Extension Office
May 7   Hastings Central Community College, Webster Building
May 7   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
May 7   Imperial Frenchman Valley Main Office
May 14   Scottsbluff Panhandle Extension & Research Center, Platte Room
May 18   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
May 19   North Platte UNL WCREC auditorium
May 20   O'Neill Courthouse annex
May 21   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
May 21   Valentine Cherry County Extension Office
May 21   Kearney Buffalo County Extension Office
Jun 4   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Jun 4   Holdrege Phelps County Ag Center
Jun 8   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Jun 11   Grand Island Hall County Extension Office
Jun 16   Rushville Extension office
Jun 18   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Jun 18   Kearney Buffalo County Extension Office
Jun 22   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Jul 2   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Jul 9   Holdrege Phelps County Ag Center
Jul 13   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Aug 6   Holdrege Phelps County Ag Center
Aug 6   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Aug 17   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Sep 3   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Sep 14   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Sep 15   Scottsbluff Panhandle Extension & Research Center, Monument Room
Oct 1   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Oct 19   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Nov 5   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Nov 16   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office
Dec 1   Ogallala ESU 16 Conference room
Dec 3   Omaha Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office
Dec 14   Lincoln Lancaster County Extension Office