Commercial Junior Operator Certification to Engage in Use of Pesticides
Commercial Junior Operator Certification
Any person who applies pesticides or assists in the commercial application of pesticides in Connecticut, in other than a supervisory capacity, must have an operational certification (also called an operator license). This certification allows the holder to use pesticides only under the direction of a certified supervisor. Any person who is hired to do pesticide application work for a commercial company will need an operational certificate. An operational certificate does not allow an individual to purchase restricted pesticides or go into business for himself; a supervisory certificate is required for these activities. Pertinent Pesticide General Statutes and Regulations For Commercial Junior Operators (PDF)
Any person not employed by a commercial business (examples include: golf course, property management, and government employees), but applying any restricted-use pesticide must also have a junior operator's certification and instructions from a certified supervisor.
In order to obtain operational certification, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age and pass a written examination (given in English only) covering the material in the Pesticide Junior Operator's Certification Manual (PDF). The applicant must be able to read and comprehend pesticide label information and demonstrate knowledge of the safe and proper use, application, handling and storage of pesticides. The exam is a 55 question, multiple choice exam with one correct answer per question. In order to pass you need to get at least 44 correct answers.
The pesticide operators examination is given on specified dates throughout the year. It is a walk-in exam, pre-registration is required. You will not be admitted into the exam unless the proctor has an application for you. You will receive your results after your application, fee, and exam have been processed, approximately 30 days after the exam has been taken. You will be allowed 90 days to complete the exam process from when the application is received in CPPU. If the exam is not taken within the 90 days, the application will be denied. You will need to submit another application and fee if you wish to take the exam. The certificate or failure letter will be emailed to your home email address. The certificate should be printed on yellow paper or with yellow ink.
Each examination requires a fee of $200.00, payable to DEEP. A copy of the applicant's photo ID must be submitted with the application. Following a failing examination grade, an applicant must wait a minimum of 30 days before re-examination. A re-examination appointment requires another application and $200.00 fee. No fee is charged to federal, state or municipal employees who apply pesticides as part of his or her duties as a governmental employee; however, any certificate for which a fee is not charged is automatically void if the holder is no longer a government employee. If a governmental employee wishes to convert the governmental certification to a commercial certification, he or she would need to send in another application with the $200.00 exam fee and indicate on the top of the application "please convert 'G' to 'O'". It would not be necessary to retest, only pay the examination fee.
Any fee submitted with a hard copy application, by mail, shall be paid by check or money order to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or DEEP. Do not send cash in the mail.
To pay in cash, the required fee along with completed applications/documents must be delivered to the Central Permit Processing Unit (CPPU) at DEEP (79 Elm Street in Hartford, CT). The exact fee amount must be provided; the department cannot provide change.
Credit Card Payments:
To pay by credit card, the card holder and only the card holder must come to the Central Permit Processing Unit (CPPU) at DEEP (79 Elm Street in Hartford, CT). They must bring all completed applications/documents that are being processed in the transaction.
A receipt will be provided for the fee payment and the applications/documents will move forward to be processed.