The minimum requirement for a Private Applicator is passing of any examination and/or demonstration. Core training in preparation for such examination is offered by the Cooperative Extension Service Pesticide Applicator Training program on a quarterly basis in both the St. Croix and the St. Thomas/St. John districts. Workshop schedules are updated at least monthly. Registration for these workshop, offered free of charge, is required.
A Commercial Applicator is a certified pesticide applicator who may use Restricted Use Pesticides for any purpose on any property other than a Private Applicator.
Commercial Applicators are certified in one or more categories which determine the exact purpose and location where he/she may use the RUPs. Currently the commercial categories are:
Of particular concern among potential negative environmental impacts by the application of pesticides are the effects of pesticides on the territory's water quality and on its Endangered and Threatened animals and plants.
The right selection and correct application of pesticides, general or restricted use, naturally occurring or synthetic, is important in programs such as Sustainable Agriculture, Urban Gardening, and in Integrated Pest Management programs in general.
Virgin Islands Laws and Regulations
The Virgin Islands Pesticide Control Act and its Rules and Regulations are likely to be amended in the near future. The draft of the new Pesticide Control Act (1994), with or without indication of deleted/added text, can be viewed or downloaded (the Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)