Renew Your Certification Online via Credit Card

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Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Sharon Gripp in Applicators

Dave Scott, who is the Division of Health and Safety Chief in the Bureau of Plant Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, wrote the blog for today.

The Bureau of Plant Industry (in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture) PaPlants website recently received a makeover. The screens are clearer and more user-friendly. One of the exciting new capabilities is the ability to renew Private Pesticide Applicator Certifications online and pay for it by credit card. The next website update in March will include online renewals for businesses and commercial/public applicators.

PaPlants is the Bureau’s primary internet application. As a certified applicator, you can create an account and logon to view and manage your certification. To access PaPlants, type into your browser’s address bar.

Only Register Users Can Renew Online

If you are a registered user, logon with your existing username and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the Forgot Password button and supply either your username or your PaPlants ID and your password will be emailed to you.

If you have never registered, click the Register button. You will need your PaPlants ID as well as your PIN to register. Your PaPlants ID and your PIN can be found on your renewal forms. You can also contact the Department of Agriculture at 717-787-4843 or via email at

Add your Certification to the Shopping Cart

Once logged on to PaPlants, navigate to the “Shopping Cart” page, by clicking on Shopping Cart on the top menu bar, or by clicking on the Online Shopping Cart button displayed at the bottom of your home page.

This is "Joe Applicator's" home web page on PaPlants. Once there, click on "Shopping Cart" on the top bar or "Online Shopping Cart" on the bottom.

In the “Shopping Cart” page, all of your certifications and licenses available for renewal are displayed in a grid. Select the certification and license(s) that you wish to renew by clicking the Select check box on the left, then click the Add Selected Items to Cart button.

Verify your License Information

Each selected license requires that you verify certain information such as the mailing address, telephone number, contact person, or other details pertaining to the license to confirm that the information is still correct. To confirm this information, click the Verification Needed link to the left of each license or  certification. Make any necessary corrections, and click the Accept and Continue button. The license will now be marked as Completed.


When all licenses or certifications in your shopping cart have been verified, the Proceed to Checkout button will become active. Click this button, and on the following page, supply your credit card type, credit card number, verification code, expiration date, and email address. To finalize your transaction and renew your license(s), click the Charge Credit Card button.

Receive Confirmation Email

Once your credit card has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email, and you will be redirected to the confirmation page. A new certification card will be mailed to you in a few business days. If you also renewed a license you can print it now. (If you made any changes to your license, it must be verified by the department before you can print it. You will receive an email once the changes requested have been made.)

We hope this new online service is convenient and will save you time. If your private applicator certification needs renewed this year, you have until March 31, 2012!

Until Next Time,
Be Safe!