Certification

A person applying a pesticide product in the course of his or her employment or other business activity in the state of Michigan must be a certified pesticide applicator or a registered technician.

If you are interested in starting a pesticide application business, you will need a business license from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). 

If you host applicator training events, here are guidelines for obtaining credits for your event.

Michigan Pesticide Applicator Training Manuals

(Certification, Recertification and Registered Technician Information)

Manual Requirements by Applicator Type
Dates in parenthesis indicate the earliest date at which the manual can be used as a study guide.

PRIVATE Applicators - Applicators using or supervising the use of restricted-use pesticides for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on their own lands or their employer’s land, or on land rented to them.

Additional Standards for Private Applicators:  If you apply pesticides aerially or for fumigation purposes, you must obtain the appropriate STANDARD.  Order study materials listed below (in addition to the core manual) if you are performing aerial or fumigant applications of pesticides:

REGISTERED Technicians - Applicators authorized to apply general-use and restricted-use pesticides for a commercial or private agricultural purpose, or as a scheduled and required work assignment in the course of employment.

Para el Tecnico Registrado de habla Hispana (For the Spanish language Registered Technician)

COMMERCIAL Applicators - Applicators authorized to apply general-use and restricted-use pesticides for a commercial purpose, or as a scheduled and required work assignment in the course of his or her employment.

To order training manuals, visit the MSU Extension Bookstore or contact them at 517-432-1859.

The MSU IPM Program maintains this site as an access point to pest management information at MSU. The IPM Program is administered within the Department of Entomology, fueled by research from the AgBioResearch, delivered to citizens through MSU Extension, and proud to be a part of Project GREEEN.