Commercial Applicator Training

Individuals who apply pesticides (either general use or restricted use) as employees of licensed pest control businesses or public agencies are classified as commercial applicators. Such individuals must show that they are competent to apply restricted products by passing a certification examination administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). University of Maryland Extension and MDA work closely on pesticide applicator training.  As a regulatory agency, MDA’s primary role in applicator training is developing and administering certification exams.  UME takes the primary role in developing and delivering pesticide safety education to help private and commercial applicators pass MDA’s certification exams, as well as providing education to others who are not required to pass examinations but need or want to improve their knowledge and skills about using pesticides ion the safest manner.The University of Maryland has developed training materials (manuals) to be used by those seeking certification. The University also offers conferences and workshops in several specialty categories for those seeking recertification.

   
  Core Manual-Commercial Applicators
 
Core Manual

  Ag Manual
 
Agricultural Manual

  Turf Manual
 
Ornamentals & Turf Manual

  Aquatic manual
 
Aquatic Pest Control Manual

Certification Training

Information about Commercial Pesticide Exam Sessions is available on the MDA website.

Commercial applicators must pass a core examination plus an examination in each of the categories appropriate to the specific type of pest control he/she performs.

To prepare for the Maryland certification exam, commercial applicators should study the Maryland Core Manual and the appropriate category manual(s) from the Pesticide Applicator Training Series.  All Maryland exam questions are based on the information contained in these manuals.

The following Maryland Pesticide Applicator manuals are available through University of Maryland Extension as described in the section below:

    • Core Manual
    • Agricultural Manual
    • Ornamentals & Turf Manual
    • Aquatic Pest Control Manual

Commercial applicators may purchase any of the above manuals in the following ways:

  • CHECK or MONEY ORDER: Send a check or money order payable to University of Maryland to:
    Administrative Assistant
    Department of Entomology
    4112 Plant Sciences Building
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    ** Please be sure to include: **
      • the name(s) of the publication(s) you need,
      • your name and telephone number
      • and your shipping address

    For questions, please call Avis Koeiman at 301-405-3913.

For information on where to obtain manuals to help prepare for certification in other categories, visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture website.

 

Recertification Training

Commercial applicators must recertify each year. For applicators who choose to recertify through continuing education, the University of Maryland Extension offers annual commercial applicator recertification training as follows:

The recertification conferences and workshops listed here are hosted by University of Maryland Extension and approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture for the categories noted.
Event Description Date Contact
Interstate Pest Management Conference Recertification conference for commercial pesticide applicators in structural, industrial weed, space fumigation, or public health pest control Dr. Nancy Breisch
301.405.3911
Interstate Ornamental Plant Management Conference Recertification conference for commercial pesticide applicators in ornamental categories Ms. Avis Koeiman, Administrative Assistant
akoeiman@umd.edu
301-405-3913
Maryland Agricultural Pesticide Conferences Recertification conference for commercial ag applicators Eastern Shore:
Mr. James Lewis, Extension Agent, Ag. and Natural Resources
jlewis2@umd.edu
410-479-4030

Central and Western Maryland:
Mr. Dave Martin, Extension Agent, Ag. and Natural Resources
dmarti@umd.edu
410-666-1022
Pesticide Safety Conference Recertification conference for commercial pesticide applicators in right-of-way, aquatic, forest, and industrial weed categories Ms. Avis Koeiman, Administrative Assistant
akoeiman@umd.edu
301-405-3913