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How Much Is A Pest Control License?

How Much Is A Pest Control License?

“How much is a pest control license?” Today’s post answers this common question and explains how Pestmaster supports your licensing and certification at every stage, in any state. Read on or call 800-525-8866 for state-specific information.

How Much Does It Cost To License My Pest Control Business?

The exact amount required for a pest control business license varies from state to state, as well as the type of service you intend to provide.

But wherever you choose to launch your pest control business, Pestmaster makes it easy. We provide full support with all business licensing and expedition, with the average business up and running within 3 to 6 weeks of the owner signing the franchise agreement.

Who Needs To Be Certified To Apply Pesticides?

Federal law states that any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) must be certified in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, as well as any state, territorial, and tribal laws. If you aren’t sure about whether or not your products appear on the RUP list, please review the EPA’s 2019 Restricted Use Product Summary Report, or contact Pestmaster.

Importantly, the EPA does not require that pest control business owners be certified—only those who actively apply pesticides, or supervise their application in the field. Accordingly, if you choose to operate your business primarily as a service coordinator, sales person, or office manager, you may never need to be certified yourself. Instead, you may choose to hire or train certified pest control technicians. This is a popular option among Pestmaster owners.

How Do I Get Certified To Apply Pesticides?

The exact process differs depending on the state, territorial, and tribal authorities involved, as well as the certification you need.

If you intend to apply pesticides only for the production of an agricultural commodity on land that you or your employer owners or rents, you are a private applicator. If you intend to apply pesticides anywhere else, you’ll need a commercial applicator’s license.

The majority of readers will want a commercial applicator’s license, which requires that you show practical knowledge of:

  • Pesticide label and labeling comprehension
  • Safety, including pesticide hazards, first aid, personal protective equipment, and emergency response
  • The effects of pesticides on the environment
  • Pest identification and management
  • Pesticide formulations
  • Pesticide application equipment
  • Proper pesticide application techniques
  • Pesticide laws and regulations

Commercial applicators must demonstrate their knowledge by passing a written test, performance-based test, and EPA approval system. Additionally, most states require one to two years in the field working under a qualified license holder.

All told, there are 10 federal categories of certification that could be required by state, territory, and tribal authorities, depending on your business’s services, including:

  • Agricultural pests control
  • Forest pest control
  • Ornamental and turf pest control
  • Seed treatment
  • Aquatic pest control
  • Right-of-way pest control
  • Industrial, institutional, structural, and health-related pest control
  • Public health pest control
  • Regulatory pest control
  • Demonstration and research pest control

Whatever certification you need, Pestmaster is here to help connect your business with qualified license holders.

For more information about state-specific certifications, please visit the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency website, or contact a Pestmaster representative to learn how we simplify the whole process.

Get More Help With Pest Control Business Licensing Through Pestmaster

Whether you need help with your business license or commercial applicators’ certification, Pestmaster can help. Learn more by visiting the Pestmaster website or calling 800-525-8866.



Pestmaster is both an innovative and environmentally sensitive pest management services provider. With a unique, progressive, and extremely successful franchise business model, Pestmaster professionals provide state of the art, scientifically-based integrated pest management solutions for the most challenging pestiferous problems. Pestmaster, a 21st century organization that is leading the way in the fast growing pest management industry.

Dr. Stuart Mitchell | BCE

I’ve been in the industry for years and I can’t tell you just how valuable the Pestmaster franchise opportunity really is. I have much greater access to identifying and getting potent government contracts with the help and assistance from the corporate office. We would not be nearly as successful as we are today, had we not purchased a Pestmaster Franchise.

Wayne Holliday & Tommy Houk | Pestmaster of Lake City & Gainesville, FL

Pestmaster® has been the best investment I’ve ever made in my life!

Barrett Alley | Pestmaster of Kingston, NY

We had options, but if we hadn’t decided on a Pestmaster franchise, we could not have gone from just one to several employees in less than one year of purchasing the franchise. Without the franchise, we would not have known about the high-dollar pest control services opportunities such as West Point Academy and we would certainly not have become the successful contract bidder that we are today.

Paul Alley | Pestmaster of Kingston, NY

I owned my own small pest control business for six years before I decided to buy a national brand franchise. The amount of business I was able to produce in those six years was doubled in just my first year with Pestmaster. Joining the Pestmaster brand was an excellent choice for me and for the future of my business.

Chris Nelson | Pestmaster of Salt Lake City, UT

I knew I was ready to start a business and looked for a long time but could not find my value-added proposition What could I do better than anyone else to distinguish me from the others in any industry? I have always been a technical person, so I was not confident in my ability to start a brand and market it. I also didn’t want to start from zero without help and support in my new adventure. For these reasons I looked into franchising opportunities and quickly found Pestmaster. They provided the value-added proposition, branding, marketing and support that I was looking for. The business model works and the people in the PFN will help you succeed.

Jerome Snyder | Pestmaster of Central New York

The Pestmaster Franchise Network has enabled me to secure government contracts and group pricing with several vendors. The training from our entomologist and combined experience is incredibly valuable. It is a great network of knowledge, experience, and Camaraderie.”

Justin Kendall | Pestmaster of Virginia Beach, Virginia
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