How do I get a Arizona pesticide applicator's license?

  1.  Submit your Certified Applicator (CA) or Certified Qualified Applicator (QA) application and applicable fees. Certified Applicator fee is $75. Certified Qualified Applicator fee is $100.
  2. Once approved, you will receive a letter indicating the approval date and expiration date of your application along with examination categories for which you are approved.
  3. Contact Metro Institute (exam facilitator) at 602-452-2900 or 877-533-2900 to schedule your exam. Or schedule online at
  4. Pay your fee, currently $55 per exam. You may pay by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Mail check to:
    Metro Institute
    331 N First Ave Suite 100
    Phoenix, AZ 58003
    You may also bring the fee with you for a walk-in appointment, please do not mail cash. There is no charge to reschedule your exam if changed with at least 24 hours notice.
  5. Take your exam. You must have a valid photo ID with you.

AZ Testing Sites: Phoenix, Glendale, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, Kingman, Yuma

Do I need continuing education to maintain my Arizona pesticide applicator's license?


  • Certified applicators must complete 6-hours of CE per year.
  • Qualifying applicators must complete 12-hours of CE per year.

When is my Arizona pesticide applicator continuing education due?

Licensees may renew every year or every two years on May 1st.

Are your courses state-approved?

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

Who submits my Arizona pesticide applicator continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your completed credits to the state for you.

What happens if I'm late renewing my Arizona pesticide applicator license?

You will be charged an additional renewal fee.
Applicators - $37.50
Certified Qualified Applicators - $50.00

What classifications of applicators licensing do Arizona pesticide applicators have?

 Arizona has established two levels of licensing for pesticide applicators; Certified Applicators and Certified Qualified Applicators.

  • Certified Applicators - persons licensed by the Office of Pest Management (OPM) to provide pest management services. Applicators may apply restricted and general use pesticides while employed by a business (business must also be OPM licensed) or for a political subdivision.
  • Certified Qualified Applicators - Holds all the privileges of certified applicators, and may also be registered as the Qualifying Party of an OPM Business Licensee.

What certification categories has Arizona pesticide established?

The license categories are:

Category 1 - Industrial & Institutional
Category 2a - Wood Destroying Organism Treatment
Category 2b - Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
Category 3 - Ornamental & Turf
Category 4 - Right of Way
Category 5 - Aquatic
Category 6 - Fumigation
Category 7 - Wood Preservation

Does the State of Arizona offer reciprocity with other states for pesticide applicators?

Yes! To obtain either a Certified Applicator or Certified Qualified Applicator license you will need the following information:

Certification Reciprocation Application and the appropriate application fee (currently $75 for Certified Applicators or $100 for Certified Qualified Applicators) to
Arizona Department of Agriculture
Office of Pest Management
1688 W Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007