To work as a technician in the pest control industry, you likely need to obtain a license from your state's Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. The purpose of licensing is to ensure that the technician can safely treat areas for pests and has a good knowledge about pesticides. You'll l need experience before you will be able to earn your pest control technician's license.
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Apply for a position with a pest control operator. To get your technician's license, you need to work under a licensed operator for a certain period, typically three years.
Gain experience in different areas of pest control. Some states require that you complete a minimum number of specific types of pest control jobs before proving eligible for licensing. Jobs will likely include fumigation, termite control and industrial pest control. While on the job, you'll learn the information required for the licensing examination.
Send in an application for the pest control technician license to your state's Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control. Pay the necessary application fees to be considered for licensing. The bureau will provide you with a list of suggested reading to prepare for the examination.
Pass the pest control technician examination administered by your state. Some areas of knowledge that may be covered on the test include agriculture standards, animal safety, environmental conditions, pesticides, application methods and public health. Once you have passed the exam, your license will be sent to you. You may need to renew the license on an annual basis.
Tips and warnings
- Alternatively, if you hold a degree in entomology, horticulture or a related major from an accredited university, you can usually take the examination sooner. As an example, degree holders in Florida only need to have a year's work experience instead of the three years required by non-degree holders.
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