Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals


Individuals who need to use pesticides classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) or who need to become certified to work for a pest control business must show that they are competent to apply restricted products by passing a certification examination administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Manuals in the Pesticide Applicator Training Series are used to provide self-help training for applicators studying to take certification exams in Maryland.  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

For manuals to help prepare for other categories, visit the Maryland Department of Agriculture website.

How to Obtain Manuals -- Private Applicators

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has agreed to underwrite the cost of one Core Manual for each individual seeking certification as a private applicator. Individuals seeking to become certified as private applicators (producers of crops or commodities) will be tested only on core material. Therefore, they only need to obtain the Core Manual to help them prepare for the certification exam. Although private applicators are not tested on category-specific information, the category manual may still serve as a good resource and be ordered by following the directions listed below under "Commercial Applicators."

To obtain their manual free of charge, Private Applicators should contact their county University of Maryland Extension office.

How to Obtain Manuals -- Commercial Applicators

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

  • CREDIT CARD: Order Online through the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and pay with a credit card.
  • 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
(301) 405-3913
** 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.