I thought that's what it was but wanted to make sure, Shadetree. The way I understood it, I didn't need an applicator's license for doing my own lawn or even my dad or brother's lawn. I'm not doing commercial applications, only treating my yard and my dads and brothers. I'm not receiving compensation for this, just studying what procedures work best. If I can properly maintain our lawns then I plan on taking the course studies and exam for my license before branching out commercially. If I've misread the law then please correct me.
I take great care to apply as labeled and study chemicals before purchasing to make sure they are what I need. I'm wanting to learn as much as possible with real applications before going into it commercially. Treating my yard and a couple family member's lawns seemed like a good way to get hands-on experience.