Frequently Asked Questions about Pesticide Applicator Commercial Pesticide Application

What is a Commercial Pesticide Applicator?
A Commercial Pesticide Applicator is an individual over the age of 17 who applies or supervises the application of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) for other individuals for pay. A person must be certified as a commercial applicator if applying pesticides for hire, even if applying Restricted Use Pesticides on his/her employer's or personal property. Commercial applicators are certified in one or more categories and may use Restricted Use Pesticides only in the category(s) in which they are certified. PLEASE NOTE: There is mandatory certification in Category 3-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, Category 5-Aquatic Pest Control Category 7-Structural Pest Control and Category 8-Public Health Pest Control.

What is a Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator?
A Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator is an individual who applies or supervises the application of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) as an employee of a government agency, either federal, state, or local. As in the case of commercial applicators, these individuals may only use or supervise the use of Restricted Use Pesticides in the category in which they are certified and only in the performance of their duties as a government employee. Noncommercial applicators may use Restricted Use Pesticides only in the category(s) in which they are certified. PLEASE NOTE: there is mandatory certification for using any pesticide, Restricted Use or not, in Category 3-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, Category 5-Aquatic Pest Control, Category 7-Structural Pest Control and Category 8-Public Health Pest Control.

How old do you have to be to be a Commercial/Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator?
A Commercial Pesticide Applicator is someone over the age of 17 who applies or supervises the application of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) for other individuals for pay.

Who has to have a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license?
Any individual applying pesticides for hire, even if applying Restricted Use Pesticides on his/her employer's or personal property.

What are Commercial Pesticide Applicator licensing categories?
Commercial applicators are certified in one or more categories and may use Restricted Use Pesticides only in the category(s) in which they are certified. PLEASE NOTE: there is mandatory certification for using any pesticide, Restricted Use or not, in Category 3-Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, Category 5-Aquatic Pest Control, Category 7 Structural Pest Control and Category 8-Public Health Pest Control.

Is a "weed killer" a pesticide?
Weed killers are herbicides. All herbicides are pesticides, because they are used to control plants that are growing where they are not wanted. When answering questions concerning pesticide certification categories, be sure you ask what the applicator will be spraying (include both site and pest), where the applicator will be spraying, and for whom the applicator will be spraying. You should also ask if the application will be for compensation. The answers answers to these questions will allow you to determine the category and the certification classification (private, commercial or noncommercial) required.