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Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator


An Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator commercially applies antifouling paints, which are pesticides, on vessel hulls, boat bottoms, structures and other marine surfaces to inhibit the growth of aquatic organisms. Commercial application of pesticides means any application of a pesticide that is not a private or residential application. (See Environmental Conservation law Article 33, Title 9A for a description of this occupation.) Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators are not permitted to use restricted use pesticides and cannot supervise apprentices.

Certification Requirements

Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators must be certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). Once certified, an Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator will be issued an identification card and must have a valid card in their possession to work. Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators must register as a pesticide business, work for a registered business, be employed by a registered business, or apply pesticides on property owned or leased by their employer.


Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicators must be recertified every three (3) years. Recertification credits are obtained by attending continuing education courses throughout the 3-year recertification cycle. Continuing education credits are either Core training, which applies to all categories, or specific to the category of certification. A closed book recertification exam is offered as an alternative.

Fees (as of June 26, 2012)

  • $100 - Each exam
  • $450 - Certification fee, 3-year term
  • $900- Business registration, 3-year term

Education and Training

All individuals must meet one of the following requirements to become eligible to be an Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator:

Applicant must have successfully completed a NYS DEC-approved, 20-hour training course,

- or -

Have two years of verifiable experience as an apprentice working with aquatic antifouling paints.

Proof of experience must be provided in the form of a notarized letter on letterhead from the certified applicator you gained your experience under, signed by both you and the certified applicator.

Examination Requirements

Examinations are offered through the NYS DEC Regional Offices. You must pre-register for an exam. The Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator exam has two parts: core and category. The core exam is a 50-question, closed-book exam, with 70 percent required to pass. The category exam is a 50-question, open-book exam, with 70 percent required to pass.

Registered Pesticide Business/Agency

Any agency applying pesticides, and each business offering, advertising, or providing pesticide application services for hire must register. An example of an agency would be New York State agencies, school districts, colleges and municipalities.

Certificates Issued and Active

As of January 1, 2016 there were 17 active certifications for this occupation.

Certification Authority

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Materials Management
Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section
625 Broadway - 9th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7254
Phone: (518) 402-8748
Fax: (518) 402-9024
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

51-9122.00 - Painters, Transportation Equipment
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Additional Information

6 NYCRR Part 325: Rules and Regulations Relating to the Application of Pesticides.


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/4/16.

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