Certification & Testing



 (334) 240-7243 cert@@agi.alabama.gov  
  • *General information regarding commercial applicators and horticulture categories and testing information.   (Note:  We no longer provide printed study material; please see the first link below under "LINKS.")

Barbara Gates - (334) 240-7240 barbara.gates@agi.alabama.gov

  • Certification (permit cards), reciprocation, and recertification meetings/points

The Certification & Testing unit administers exams for persons wishing to be licensed in plant-setting, landscape design, and/or tree surgery, as well as those seeking to become certified as a commercial pest control applicator.  

Once the appropriate exams have been passed, one must apply for certification through this office.  If an applicator plans to start a business in the state of Alabama, a license will also be required (professional services-main for structural categories; professional services-horticulture for OTPS, LD, SLP, and TS; and custom license for custom categories).

This office also approves recertification meetings and maintains CEUs for applicators. 

  • Applicators:  A current recertification meeting list & CEU guidelines can be found to the right under "Forms."  The document is titled "Recertification Meeting List & CEU Guidelines" and is updated several times per month.
  • Meeting Sponsors:  Please print and complete the Recertification Meeting Request Application and email to barbara.gates@agi.alabama.gov.  Please note that we are not accepting applications for new online courses at this time.

*Private applicators:  Please see last link below or visit your local county extension office in order to take private applicator training in order to apply for a new or renewed permit.  To check the status of a private applicator permit once you have taken the training and sent in your application and certificate, please contact Dorothy Gresham at 334-240-7286. 


INFORMATION, STUDY MATERIAL, AND APPLICATIONS PERTAINING TO COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CATEGORIES (INCLUDING HORTICULTURE) (click on the acronym at the end of the full name of the category you are interested in to open up the link for that particular category): http://www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/CommercialApplicatorInfo.php

(Please note that ADAI no longer provides printed study material; it must be ordered and/or downloaded from the above site.)

COMPUTER-BASED TESTING for commercial applicators (at one of our nine testing centers – Athens, Auburn, Birmingham, Hanceville, Headland, Millbrook, Mobile, Pelham, and Tuscaloosa):  http://apply.adaitesting.com 

Process:  (1) Apply for examination(s) and include qualification statement if applicable {certain categories only}, (2) wait for e-mail approving your application, and then (3) schedule and pay for your exam(s).

Please note this site is NOT for private applicators!  See last link for private applicator information.

ONLINE PERMIT RENEWALhttps://www.alabamainteractive.org/adai_commercialRenewal

(You can renew only during your expiration month and you must have a minimum of 30 points.  If you took the recertification exam, you must mail in application and payment.)

APPLICATOR SEARCH (CHECK CEU POINTS & APPLICATOR INFORMATION) (commercial & private applicators): http://agi.alabama.gov/ApplicatorSearch

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM (ACES): http://www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/

PRIVATE APPLICATOR TRAINING INFORMATIONhttp://www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/PrivateApplicatorsLicenseInfo.php