National Certification and Training Advisory Group (CTAG)
In 1974, USEPA established the National Certification and Training Advisory Group (CTAG) to set national requirements by which states, tribes or territories could determine the competency of an applicator to use Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP's). These national standards for determining the competency of a private or commercial pesticide applicator are found in 40 CFR 171.
In recent years, public needs and demands exceeded the capabilities of the original pesticide applicator certification and training programs originally established.
In 1996, the CTAG began reviewing previous national program evaluations and exploring proposals identified by previous task forces to determine changing needs and provide direction for the national pesticide applicator certification and training program.
Proposed changes to the national Certification and Training program can be viewed at