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 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
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.