On August 11, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released an email announcement entitled “NJDEP Pesticide Licensing & Registrations – 2023 Pesticide License Renewal Information.” If you cannot locate it in your email, the entire notice is posted for you at Pesticide-License-Renewal-Info-2023.
Their notice explains that the NJDEP will be sending paper license invoices by mail in late August. And that Private Applicators must process their invoices online; details and links are included in the announcement. See today’s companion post to the Plant & Pest Advisory entitled Rutgers Private Applicator 2023 Online License Renewal Assistance for more details on how to book your personal appointment.
If you are a Private Pesticide Applicator with a license expiration of October 31, 2022 and have accrued 8 CORE and 16 PP2 recertification credits, you will receive in the mail an invoice with a zero balance. There is no fee for Private applicators/Gov’t exempt license renewals. However, a license will not generate unless the “$0.00” renewal invoice is processed. NJDEP is not accepting $0.00 invoices via post. To process these invoices,
use the “paying online” directions that are provided in the General Information section of the NJDEP announcement.
Once that is complete, you will be mailed your paper Private Pesticide Applicator License with a new expiration date of October 31, 2027.
An image of the paper invoice appears below. Notice that the title of the document is “Pesticide Licensing Invoice” and that red arrows and type highlight the three pieces of information needed from the invoice for online processing: 1) Invoice #; 2) Amount due: $0.00; and 3) the license number.
When you receive your invoice, process your license renewal online by:
1. Go to www.pcpnj.org
2. Under the heading Online Payments and Reports, click on the link labelled “Pay For Your License Online”
3. Enter Invoice number (found on paper invoice; if you do not have the invoice number, you may look it up online at Invoice Numbers for Unpaid License Invoices – Individuals)
4. Enter License number (make sure to capitalize any letters at the end of your license number)
5. Click “Continue” and follow prompts from there
Private Applicators are encouraged to book an appointment for one-to-one assistance in processing their online license invoice with Rutgers NJAES Pesticide Safety Education Program. See today’s companion Plant & Pest Advisory post entitled Rutgers Private Applicator 2023 Online License Renewal Assistance for more details on how to book your personal appointment.
Make sure to process invoices online to ensure your license remains active. The NJDEP provides that delays in processing of licensing could lead to loss of certification status. If this occurs, the Applicator will need to pass the exams again to become certified again.
Private Applicators who have NOT attended the recertification training to achieve the minimum number of recertification credits required [8 CORE and 16 PP2] will not receive an invoice for licensing in August. You will lose your license on October 31st unless you take the courses needed, or retake the Private Pesticide Applicator Exam.
IMPORTANT: It is illegal for certified Private applicators to use or supervise use of pesticides without a license.
Private applicators receive an update of recertification status once a year. The “Recertification Update Form” will tell you when your 5 year period is up, how many units you have accumulated and how many more you need. If you are not eligible for recertification you will not receive this notice. Verification of your recertification credits can be done online throughout the year.
- Click on this link https://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/pcp/bpo.htm
- Scroll down to “Credits and Courses”
- Click on link labeled “Check Your Credit & Course History-Commercial Applicator” or “Check Your Credit and Course History-Private Applicator”
- Enter Requested information (license number with letter capitalized, and if prompted your birthdate including slashes, and last four digits of Social Security number)
- Click OK
Private Applicators are encouraged to accumulate the requisite 8 CORE subject matter and 16 Private Part 2 (PP2) credits subject matter over the 5 years. Based on the COVID 19 public health emergency, the Department extended an interim policy allowing 100% online CEUs for remaining credits to accommodate for applicators whose 5-year recertification cycle ends October 31, 2022. Please note that the NJDEP will not be extending this exemption beyond 2022. If your license has an expiration date after 2022, NJDEP’s online recertification cap of 25% total required credits [i.e., for Private applicators, 2 of the total 8 CORE and 4 of the total 16 PP2].
The license will be valid for a minimum of 5 years, at which point another $0 invoice will generate if you have accrued the minimum recertification credits.
If there are any questions on the certification and licensing program for Private Pesticide Applicators, please call the Pesticide Control Program at (609) 984-6568.