RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Renewal Cycle: 3 years

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my Michigan pesticide applicators license?
MDARD requires that all applicators obtain the required number of credits or re-test every three years to maintain their certification. The number of credits you will need will be included on your renewal paperwork sent to you from MDARD.

Private Applicators
16 Credit Hours of Private Core

If licensed in Fumigation: 2 Additional Credit Hours
If licensed in Aerial Application: 2 Additional Credit Hours

Registered & Commercial Applicators
16 Credit Hours including 8 Core & 8 per Category

If licensed in Fumigation: 2 Additional Credit Hours
If licensed in Aerial Application: 2 Additional Credit Hours

 Note: Continuing Education/Seminar credits must be category specific and credits must be earned prior to the expiration date printed on your certificate. Continuing education/seminar credits do not carry over from one licensing cycle to the next.

Who submits my continuing education to Michigan?
Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get my Michigan pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators -

  • Step 1 - you must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the private general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Registered Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) approved training program. The program must be coordinated by an MDARD approved trainer, be verifiable and category-specific.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Commercial Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Pass the exam of at least one category and/or subcategory in your area of pesticide application. Additional standards and testing are required for applicators who plan to use fumigant or aerial pesticides.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.
Are your courses state approved for re-certification credits?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved.

What classifications of applicator's licensing does Michigan have?

The Michigan Department Agriculture & Rural Development recognizes the following classification of applicator certification:

  • Private Applicator - Restricts the applicator to the application of restricted use pesticides to agricultural commodities on their own property or rented agricultural property. Does not allow for compensation beyond trading of personal services between growers.
  • Registered Applicator - Restricts the applicator to the application of generaluse pesticides when under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. The commercial certified applicator must be onsite during the application.
  • Commercial Applicator - Allows the applicator to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides in his/her own property.
Where can I find copies of Michigan-specific training manuals?

MSU Manuals can be found through the bookstore.

What are the categories and subcategories for Michigan pesticide licensing?

The State of Michigan currently has 24 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.

1A - Field Crops
1B - Vegetable Crops
1C - Fruit Crops
1D - Livestock Pest Management
2 - Forest Pest Management
2A - Wood Preservation
3A - Turfgrass Pest Management
3B - Ornamental Pest Management
4 - Seed Treatment
5 - Aquatic Pest Management
5A - Swimming Pools
5B - Microbial Pest Management
5C - Sewer Line Pest Management
6 - Right-of-Way Pest Management
7A - General Pest Management
7B - Wood Destroying Pest Management
7D - Vertebrate Past Management
7E - Interior Plant Pest Management
7F - Mosquito Management
7G - Domestic Animal Pest Management
8 - Public Heal Pest Management
9 - Regulatory Pest Management
10 - Demonstration and Research Pest Management
AE - Aerial
FUM - Fumigation

Does the State of Michigan offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Residents of Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin may apply for certification status with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development by applying for reciprocity on the application and submitting the required fee.

How do I get my Michigan pesticide applicator's license?

Private Applicators -

  • Step 1 - you must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the private general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Registered Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Complete a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) approved training program. The program must be coordinated by an MDARD approved trainer, be verifiable and category-specific.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.

Commercial Applicators -

  • Step 1 - You must be at least 18 years old
  • Step 2 - Pass the general standard (CORE) exam - click here for information on our exam prep course!
  • Step 3 - Pass the exam of at least one category and/or subcategory in your area of pesticide application. Additional standards and testing are required for applicators who plan to use fumigant or aerial pesticides.
  • Step 4 - Complete and submit the application and appropriate fee.
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