State Requirements

Renewal Cycle: Annually

Renewal Deadline: December 31st

Do I need continuing education credits to maintain my New Mexico pesticide applicator license?

  • Commercial Applicators – Need 4 CEU
  • Commercial Applicators with the 7D need 4 CEU and 4 termite CEU
  • Public Applicators need 4 CEU
  • Non-Commercial Applicators need 4 CEU
  • Private Applicators need 5 CEU

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses state approved?

Yes! All of our courses are state approved. Approval numbers are listed after the course title.

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you at the end of each month.

How do I become a licensed New Mexico pesticide applicator?

Commercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 – Have two years’ experience applying pesticides or 20 hours of college credits
  • Step 3 – Document acceptable pesticide application education/experience
  • Step 4 – Complete the Commercial Applicator application form
  • Step 5 – Provide financial responsibility proof
  • Step 6 – Pass the Applicator exam. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 7 – Submit $75 license fee

Commercial Applicators have 60 days to complete all requirements or they must re-apply and retake tests.

Commercial Operator/Technicians

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 – Complete the Operator/Technician application
  • Step 3 – Pass the Operator exam. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 4 – Have the Commercial Applicator submit the $50 license fee

Commercial Operator/Technicians have 60 days to complete all requirements or they must re-apply and retake tests.

Private Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 – Pass an exam with a 70% or better. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!
  • Step 3 – Submit the license fee to NMDA

Public Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 – Pass the National Core Exam and relevant category exams. Click here for information on our Exam Prep Course!

Public applicators have 60 days to complete all requirements or they must re-apply and retake tests.

Noncommercial Applicators

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 - Complete the Commercial Applicator application form
  • Step 3 - Submit $75 license fee

Pest Management Consultants

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Step 2 – Complete Pest Management License application

Pesticide Dealers

  • Step 1 – You must be 18 years’ or older
  • Complete Dealer License application
  • Have a Dealer license for each sales outlet
  • Out-of-State Businesses must license their out-of-state location
  • Pay $75 fee
What classifications of applicator's licensing does New Mexico have?

The New Mexico Department Agriculture & Rural Development recognizes the following classification of applicator licensing:

  • Commercial Applicators – Individuals who apply pesticides for hire.
  • Commercial Operator/Technicians – Employees of Commercial Applicators that apply pesticides
  • Private Applicators – Individuals who apply restricted-use pesticides on their own land.
  • Public Applicators – Government employees whose job includes the application of pesticides.
  • Noncommercial Applicators – Property owners or managers who apply restricted-use pesticides to their place of business.
  • Pest Management Consultants – Individuals who make recommendations for restricted-use pesticide applications but do not personal apply them.
  • Pesticide Dealers – Business entities that sell restricted-use pesticides.
What are the categories and subcategories for New Mexico pesticide licensing?

The State of New Mexico 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 - Agricultural Pests
1B - Agricultural Weeds
1C - Animal Pests
2 - Forest Pests & Weeds
3A - Ornamental & Turf Pests
3B - Ornamental Pest Management
4 - Seed Treatment
5 - Aquatic Pests and Weeds
6A - Wood Preservation
6B - Right-of-Way & Industrial Weeds
7A - Structural Pests
7B - Vertebrate Pests
7C - Fumigation
7D - Wood-Destroying Pests
8 - Public Health Pests
9 - Regulatory (Quarantine) Pests
10 - Demonstration & Research
11 - Other

Does the State of New Mexico offer reciprocity with other states?

Yes! Currently, New Mexico offers reciprocity with Texas. Applicants should:

  1. Contact New Mexico’s Department of Agriculture and request their test scores be faxed to TDA at (888) 216 – 9865.
  2. Complete Application for Pesticide license
    1. Commercial
    2. Noncommercial
  3. Return to TDA with fee.
  4. Pass TDA standards exam.
Who do I contact the New Mexico Department of Agriculture with questions?

New Mexico Department of Agriculture
3190 S. Espina Las Cruces
New Mexico 88003
Phone: (575) 646-3007

How do I renew my New Mexico pesticide applicator license?
  1. Obtain a signed Renewal Form
  2. Obtain enough CEUs
  3. Pay appropriate Renewal Fees (Check or Money Order)
  4. Have a current Certificate of Liability Insurance for Commercial Applicators
  5. Turn all three in by December 31st
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