Pesticide Applicator License Categories and Training Manuals

Before a pesticide applicator’s license can be issued, potential applicators must earn certification through passing the appropriate exam(s). Exams are based on the Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals. The exams you have to pass depend on the type of license you’re seeking and the category/commodity in which you’re required to be certified.

ALL APPLICATORS must pass the Core Exam, which is best studied for using the CORE Manual.

Below are brief descriptions of the license types with a list of the exam(s) required for each. To purchase a hard-copy manual, click on the exam name. Some manuals are also available as PDFs . See the Cooperative Extension Publications Catalog to browse manuals by license type.


AGRICULTURAL BASIC APPLICATOR

Required for growers who apply ONLY general-use pesticides to crops intended for human consumption on their property, or property leased/rented to them, and sell more than $1000 annually.


PRIVATE APPLICATOR

Required for growers who apply ANY restricted-use pesticides on their property or property rented/leased by them. Growers include farmers, foresters, greenhouse/nursery operators, florists, etc.

Pesticide Applicator Logbook (Free with Core Manual hard copy or may be purchased separately)


COMMERCIAL APPLICATOR – Operator

Required for applicators who apply pesticides for hire or make applications to non-agricultural areas accessible to the public, under the supervision of a master commercial applicator.

* Government officials only

Requires an additional certification category

Note: Commercial operators cannot be certified in a category if their supervising master applicator is not also certified in that category.

Pesticide Applicator Logbook (Free with Core Manual hard copy or may be purchased separately)


COMMERCIAL APPLICATOR – Master

Required for applicators who apply pesticides for hire or make applications to non-agricultural areas accessible to the public and are primarily responsible for their company’s/organization’s/office’s pest management and pesticide use practices. Every company/organization/office that applies pesticides must have at least one individual with a master commercial applicator license.

  • CORE | PDF
  • Minimum of one category (for EACH category you make applications in, you must be certified) See list above.
  • Regulations – Contact the Maine Board of Pesticides Control for the Regulations Manual
  • Oral exam – Study using the Core and Regulations Manuals

GENERAL-USE PESTICIDE DISTRIBUTOR

For dealers of general-use pesticides only. No certification/exam is required to apply for this license.

RESTRICTED-USE PESTICIDE DISTRIBUTOR

Required for dealers of restricted-use pesticides.


Manuals may also be purchased over the phone by calling 207.581.3878 or by check.


Certification Exams

The pesticide applicator training manuals are self-study guides. Allow yourself adequate time to read and understand the material before you take an exam.

All exams must be arranged with the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC).

Individuals seeking commercial applicator certification should fill out and submit an exam application form. Generally, commercial exams must be taken in Augusta at the BPC office.

Individuals seeking private and agricultural basic applicator certifications should call the BPC office at 207-287-2731 to schedule exams.

After passing the appropriate exam(s), you can apply for a license.

See the BPC’s Publications & Forms page for exam and license applications.

For more information on licensing and certification visit the BPC’s Licensing and Certification page or contact them: 207.287.2731 or pesticides@maine.gov


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