How to Obtain a Massachusetts Pest Control License
Are you interested in gaining a Massachusetts pest control license?
With the environmental conditions, older homes, and propensity for pest-attracting conditions, becoming a Massachusetts exterminator can be a lucrative career that allows you the ability to move around throughout the day.
But in this state as in many others, individuals who apply pesticides in public and private places used for human habitation must be in possession of a valid pest control license. Obtaining a license for MA pest control requires that you take a written closed-book examination, and performance testing.
Here are the general guidelines for getting started down the road to becoming a pest control professional.
Determine your credential needs
In Massachusetts there are four different types of licenses you can acquire:
- Commercial Applicator License – Choose this option if this is your first license or you have not had one for at least five years. If you plan to use general pesticides on another’s property for hire, this is the certification for you.
- Private Certification – If you grow or farm and you plan on using restricted-use pesticides on your property or property rented by you or your employer for the purpose of growing agricultural commodities, then you should choose this license.
- Commercial Certification – If you have held a license for two or more years and you plan on using restricted-use pesticides on another’s property, then choose commercial certification.
- Dealer License – If you plan to sell restricted-use pesticides, you will need a dealer license.
Order study materials
Keep in mind it may take a few weeks to receive your materials, so order early from your educational organization of choice.
Schedule and take your exam
If you are obtaining a certification for the spring or summer months, make sure to choose an available exam date early, as seats do fill up. This is due to the fact that spring and summer months garner the most business for pest control specialists.
Maintain your license
State law requires specialists to carry the official license credential document at all times while on the job. These licenses are valid beginning with the date of issuance and ending on December 31st of the year issued.
Keep up with continuing education requirements
In addition to annual renewal, the state also requires re-training. You must be re-licensed at the end of a three-year period by re-examination or by attending continuing education courses.
Know insurance regulations
Either you or your employer must have comprehensive general liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage. Government employees are exempt from these requirements.