Maryland Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Courses

Pesticide Applicator Training

We offer the best in Online Pesticide Education providing CEUs approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Our instructor lead video courses are fast, easy, affordable and meet state licensing requirements. We offer the following continuing education courses in full HD video, and they are available when you are!

Need to obtain your applicator's license? Check out our Pesticide Applicator Core Exam Prep Course!

Online Courses

Management Strategies for Disease Issues in the Landscape | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 510

4 Hours | Approved for 8 Credits:  3A 
This course teaches the basics of disease management for landscape plantings, cost minimizing strategies, and tools and techniques needed to successfully control disease in the highly competitive world of landscaping in Maryland.
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Vertebrate Structural Pest Control and ID | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 514

4 Hours | Approved for 8 Credits:  7C
This course focuses on the fundamentals of wildlife damage inspection including indentification based on habitat, routes of entry, scat and tracks.  It will help you understand the unique biological and legal risks that are involved with the inspection process in Maryland as well as the proper equipment and PPE that should be used.
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Right of Way: Pest Control | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 502

4 Hours | Approved for 8 Credits:  6 
This course will help applicators in Maryland understand the five main groups of pests, identifying those pests , and help applicators decide on management strategies.  It will also cover the main causes of plant disease, plant life cycles, and the developmental stages through which plants progress.
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Right of Way: Weed Control | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 499

4 Hours | Approved for 8 Credit:  6 
This course will review the methods and techniques to manage vegetation on rights of way and non-cropland industrial sites safely without damage to non-target species, sites, objects or the environment in Maryland.
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Disease Management in Enclosed Spaces | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 512

3 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  3B 
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management in enclosed spaces where exposure is increased, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully control the environment in Maryland.  
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Turfgrass: Keys to Identification and Management | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 511

3 Hours | Approved for 6 Credits:  3A 
This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for various turf grasses, the multiple steps involved, and the different tools and techniques to successfully control the environment in Maryland.
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Aquatic Weed Control | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 497

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  5 
Managing aquatic weeds in Maryland revolves around proper plant identificaiton.  Tailoring management strategies to address specific aquatic plant life is only possible through accurate identification.  This course teaches the basics of aquatic weed identification, and the different approaches to aquatic plant management.
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Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 498

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  1A 
This course covers the importance of honey bees, details honey bee decline statistics, and outlines the strategies that can be implemented in Maryland to coordinate the effors of farmers, beekeepers, and applicators to find the balance between managing pest and protecting pollinators. 
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Integrated Pest and Resistance Management | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 505

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  CORE, 1A, 3A, 3B, 3C 
This course covers a range of topics important to pesticide resistance management in Maryland including Integrated Pest managaement (IPM), correct sampling techniques for plant pathogens, proper insect identificaiton, and pesticide application equipment calibration.  
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Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 504

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  1A 
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean and grain sorghum.  Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 503

2 Hours | Approved for 4 Credits:  1A 
This course discusses proper insect and plant pathogen sampling techniques as well as pest identification for Rice and Cotton.  Each pest and pathogen are identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.
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Pollinator Stewardship | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 501

1 Hour | Approved for 2 Credits:  1A 
This course provides an outline of the primary concerns of the bee-keeping industry including colony collapse disorder (CCD), factors effecting honey bee decline, invasive insects, fungal disease, best practices for pollinator stewardship, and minimizing pesticide risks for pollinators in Maryland.
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Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 500

1 Hour | Approved for 2 Credits:  8 
This course covers a range of mosquito-borne diseases with an emphasis on the Zika Virus.  Zika's extent, side effects, testing and diagnostics are detailed along with protection and reduction techniques of mosquitoes to minimize the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in Maryland.
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How Fungicides Work | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 513

1 Hour | Approved for 2 Credits:  1A, 1C, 2, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4
This course provides a basic understanding of fungicides and how they work.  Fungal spores, germination, plant appearance, infestions, and fungicide mechanism are all discussed using easy to follow diagrams explained by the on-screen instructor.
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Federal Pesticide Laws | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 409

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Maryland. This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. 
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Personal Protective Equipment & Emergency Response | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 413

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Wearing PPE can reduce exposure (dermal, inhalation, ocular, or oral) and thereby lower the chances of pesticide injury, illness, or poisoning. It is important that all pesticide applicators and handlers in Maryland understand the protections and limitations of PPE. 
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Pest Management | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 408

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
This course addresses the Federal pesticide laws that control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal of Pesticides while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment in Maryland. 
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Pesticide Application Procedures | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 417

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Pesticides may be applied in Maryland as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips and require the correct equipment for the pesticide as well as the job size and type. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.
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Pesticide Formulations | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 411

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core 
Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations in Maryland, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.
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Pesticide Hazards and First Aid | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 412

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core 
Pesticides are designed to be toxic so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents, fungi, and bacteria) while not harming non-target organisms and anyone else exposed to the product.  Pesticide users in Maryland need to be concerned with the hazards associated with exposure to the chemical and not just the toxicity of the pesticide.
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Pesticide Labeling | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 410

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
The pesticide label is the main method of communication between a pesticide manufacturer and pesticide users.  By law, pesticide users in Maryland are required to comply with all instructions and use directions found on the pesticide product label.
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Pesticides In The Environment | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 414

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment in Maryland. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product.
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Planning The Pesticide Application | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 416

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
Before beginning a pesticide application in Maryland, you should know how to select the right pesticide for the job, review the label, test for pesticide compatibility before mixing, select personal protective equipment, transfer pesticides safely, and clean up after an application.
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Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct | Maryland Approval #MDA Int 415

1 Hour course | Approved for 2 Credits:  Core
This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored in Maryland, under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products and how to communicate these issues with customers. 
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State Requirements

INITIAL LICENSING

How do I get my pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators:

  • Step 1 – You must be 16 years or older
  • Step 2 - Complete a Private Applicator application
  • Step 3 - Pass exam with a score of 70% or higher -  Click here for more information about our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 4 – Submit $7 to MDA for pesticide certificate.

Commercial Applicators: 

  • Step 1 – You must be at least 18 years or older
  • Step 2 – Have at least 1 year of pesticide application experience as a registered employee in the appropriate categories.
  • Step 3 - Complete a Commercial Applicator application.
  • Step 4 – Pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher - Click herefor more information about our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 2 – Pay $150 business license fee
  • Step 3 – Provide proof of general liability insurance

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Renewal Cycle: 

  • Commercial - Annual
  • Private - Every 3 years

Renewal Deadline:

  • Commercial - June 30th
  • Private - December 31st

How do I renew my Maryland certified applicator license?
The state of Maryland will send you a renewal information card about a month before your renewal.

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education (see table below) 
  2. Renewed through the Maryland Department of Agriculture website.
    *You will be able to log onto the site with your business license/ permit number and the code you received on your information card.
    *Commercial applicators will be subject to a $150 renewal fee.

What continuing education do I need to maintain my pesticide applicator's license?

8 credits | 4 hours
Agricultural Plant
Ornamental & Turf
Structural Pest Control
Demonstration & Research
Microbial Pest Control

6 credits | 3 hours
Forest Pest Control
Aquatic Pest Control
Right-of-Way
Public Health

4 credits | 2 hours
Seed Treatment
Pesticide Dealer
Private Applicators

In-Person Training
Wood Preservatives
Anti-Fouling Paint

Who submits my continuing education to the state?
Certified Training Institute will submit student's continuing education weekly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All our courses are approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Office of Pest Management.

What happens if my Maryland pesticide license expires?

Applicators will have a one month grace period to renew. After the grace period, a $30 late fee per license will be incurred.

What classifications of applicators licensing does Maryland have?

Maryland has established four levels of licensing for pesticide applicators and private applicators.

  • Private Applicators - individuals who apply restricted-use pesticides to an agricultural commodity on their own property.
  • Commercial Applicator – individuals who apply or supervise the application of pesticides for a licensed or regulated pesticide application business.
What are the categories and subcategories for Maryland pesticide licensing?

The State of Maryland currently has 16 categories and subcategories for pesticide licensing. Applicators holding a commercial license will need to pass the core exam along with at least one of these specialties. Click here for a description of each classification.

  1. Agricultural Plant
    1. Plant
    2. Animal
    3. Grain Treatment
  2. Forest Pest Control
  3. Ornamental & Turf
    1. Ornamental Plant- Exterior
    2. Ornamental Plant - Interior
  4. Seed Treatment
  5. Aquatic Pest Control
  6. Right of Way
  7. Structural Pest control
    1. General Pesto Control
    2. Wood Destroying Insects
    3. Wildlife Control
    4. Rodent Control
    5. Fumigation
  8. Public Health
  9. Regulatory
  10. Demonstration & Research
  11. Miscellaneous
    1. Wood Treatment
    2. Tributyltin Antifoulant Paint
    3. Sewer Root Control
  12. Consultant
  13. Aerial
Does the State of Maryland offer reciprocity with other states?

Maryland offers reciprocity to license holders with a copy of their current certificate and their driver’s license. Applicators must complete an application for reciprocity.

Course Demo

Here is short preview from the Pesticide Labeling course.

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