Do I Need to be a Certified Applicator?
State regulation (18 AAC 90.300) requires that anyone who “engages in the custom, commercial, or contract use of a pesticide” or acts as a “pesticide consultant” must be a certified pesticide applicator.
If you apply pesticides to someone else's property, this is considered a "custom, commercial, or contract" application. This is true even if you are not paid for the work.
Any product that claims to kill, prevent, destry, or repel a pest is considered a pesticide.
You probably need to be a certified pesticide applicator if you:
- Apply pesticides to someone else’s property (except for most sanitizers and anti-microbial products)
- Provide information and consultation about commercial pesticide use
- Apply, purchase, or distribute Restricted Use Pesticides
- Apply pesticides in schools or public places
- Pest control companies
- Lawn care services that apply a weed-and-feed product to a client’s lawn or spray for insects
- Tree care companies that apply insect or disease control products
To become certified, applicators must successfully pass professional level examinations, submit proof of liability insurance, and pay a $25 fee.
For more information or to find out if you need to be certified, contact the Pesticide Control Program at 907-376-1870.