When applying pesticides using drones, several requirements must be met by the pesticide applicator prior to application. Below are the steps to meet those requirements.
Step 1: Certification
To apply pesticides using drones, you first need certification for the area of application. Below are the specific certification categories for common application areas.
- Flying recreational drones
- Flying drones conducting a business more information is located on this site and TDOT’s site
- Private Applicator certification needed only if applying to your property. FAA may require an FAA license
- If applications are made for a fee on a farm or nursery, it requires category 1 (agriculture) and license
- If applications are made for a fee in forestry, it requires category 2 (Forest Pest Control) and license
- If applications are made to a right-of-way (powerlines, railways, pipelines, etc.) it requires category 6 certification and license, if a fee is being charged.
Step 2: Aerial License
You must also obtain an Aerial Applicator license (Aerial License). Currently, you must have a pilot’s license to obtain the Aerial Applicator license.
Learn more about obtaining the Aerial License and find required forms, etc. (Found under Additional Requirements heading)
Step 3: Aerial Decal- if charging a fee
If you are charging a fee to control pests, you will need to meet TDA’s requirements for Certification and Licensing..
State Regulations and more..
For more information, you may contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) at 615-837-5148. Learn more about Certification and Licensing from TDA.