Pest Control Applicator Examination Qualifications


Qualifications for Examination - Principal

  • Documentation of two years practical experience in the application of pesticides or related pest control in the initial category(ies) applied for, or 
  • Documentation of six months of practical experience in the application of pesticides or related pest control in the initial category(ies) applied for and proof of not less than 16 college credit hours in biological science of which not less than 8 hours must be in subjects directly related to the field of pest control in which the applicant wishes to be licensed.
  • Additional qualifications for primary principal applicants. Click here for information.
  • Must have reached the age of majority (18 years old).

    Qualifications for examination - Operator, consultant, demonstration and research specialist or agent

    • Neither experience in the application of pesticides nor practical experience and education are required of an operator, consultant, demonstration and research specialist, or agent.
    • Must have reached the age of majority (18 years old).

      Definitions:

      • "Credit hours in biological sciences" to include courses in, but not limited to, biology, botany, entomology, zoology, agronomy, horticulture, biochemistry, nematology, phytopathology and courses similar or similarly derived.
      • "Directly related to the field of pest control" courses to include economic entomology, phytopathology and similar courses concerning the identification and control of pests through the use of pesticides.
      • "Practical experience" to mean experience that is substantiated by work records, notarized statements verified by work records or any other documentation acceptable to the Department. The term does not include any experience obtained by an applicant while engaged in activity as an agent or after the applicant:
             (1) Ceases engaging in pest control;
             (2) Has his or her employment with a pest control business terminated; or
             (3) Has his or her license transferred to inactive status pursuant to NAC 555.385.
      • "Related pest control" experience to include technical field representative work or termite inspection for private or governmental entities. Other experience may be evaluated.