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PIERRE, S.D. – Due to the spread of COVID-19 all remaining South Dakota private pesticide applicator in-person trainings will be replaced by online testing.

Private applicators needing re-certification or initial certification should take the online test. Visit to take the South Dakota private pesticide applicator test. If you have any questions or experience problems with the online test, please contact the South Dakota Department of Agriculture at 605.773.5542 or email at

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.