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Pest Control Applicator

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 51 states
52nd most burdensome licensing requirements
9th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Pest control workers spray or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill pests and vermin, such as mice, termites and roaches that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Summary

All 50 states and the District of Columbia license pest control workers, which accounts for the occupation's rank as the ninth most widely and onerously licensed of the 102 studied. Most states do not impose education and training requirements; however, the few that do place significant burdens on aspiring pest control workers, led by Tennessee and Louisiana, which require four years of education and training. Many states impose a minimum age of 16 to 18, and all states require applicants to pass at least one test.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Tennessee 150 1,460 2 0 18
2 Florida 375 1,275 1 12 18
3 Louisiana 75 1,460 1 0 0
4 Missouri 50 730 2 0 18
5 North Carolina 175 730 1 0 18
6 Mississippi 0 730 2 0 18
7 New Mexico 70 730 2 0 0
8 Maryland 75 365 2 0 18
9 Virginia 70 365 2 0 18
10 Washington, D.C. 65 365 2 0 0
11 West Virginia 20 365 2 0 0
12 Texas 115 381 1 0 0
13 Alabama 125 365 1 0 0
14 Illinois 90 188 2 12 0
15 New York 350 5 2 0 17
16 Washington 215 0 2 0 18
17 New Hampshire 20 0 3 0 18
18 Colorado 350 0 2 0 0
19 Oklahoma 150 0 3 0 0
20 South Carolina 100 0 2 0 18
21 North Dakota 75 0 2 0 18
21 Michigan 75 0 2 0 18
23 Pennsylvania 60 0 2 0 18
24 New Jersey 175 10 2 0 0
25 Hawaii 50 0 2 0 18
25 Oregon 50 0 2 0 18
27 Rhode Island 45 0 2 0 18
28 Delaware 30 1 2 0 18
29 Alaska 25 2 2 0 18
30 Wyoming 25 0 2 0 16
31 Idaho 130 0 1 0 18
32 Massachusetts 100 0 1 0 18
32 Connecticut 100 0 1 0 18
34 Nebraska 90 0 2 0 0
34 Maine 90 0 2 0 0
36 Vermont 75 0 2 0 0
36 Iowa 75 0 2 0 0
36 Kansas 75 0 2 0 0
39 Wisconsin 99 0 1 0 16
40 Georgia 70 0 2 0 0
41 Arizona 54 1 2 0 0
42 Montana 55 0 2 0 0
43 Nevada 50 0 2 0 0
43 Minnesota 50 0 2 0 0
45 Indiana 45 0 2 0 0
46 Arkansas 35 0 2 0 0
46 Ohio 35 0 2 0 0
48 South Dakota 25 0 2 0 0
49 Utah 20 0 2 0 0
50 California 25 0 1 0 18
51 Kentucky 25 0 1 0 0

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