Pest Control Continuing Education FAQs

1. When do I need to complete the Pest Control continuing education (CE) requirements to renew my Pesticide Applicator license?

The most common question we get from professional pesticide applicators and technicians is: When do I need to renew my pesticide license? The answer varies by state, but generally it is every 1-2 years.

See below for a summary of the requirements in a selection of states that we serve. All Star Training is a leading provider of state-approved Pest Control continuing education courses online. More information is available on the profession pages for each state listed on our Courses Offered page.

Alaska Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

12 hours of CE

Arizona Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by May 30th

6 hours of CE;

Qualified Applicators: 12 Hours CE

California Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by December 31st

4 hours of CE

Florida Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

4 hours of Core CE plus the number in license category

Georgia Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by December 31st

At least 4 hours of CE

Idaho Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

7 hours of CE; 3 hours online

Massachusetts Pest Control Continuing Education  Every three years on or before June 30th

6 hours of CE;

Commercial/Private: 12 hours

Maryland Pest Control Continuing Education Every two years

At least 3 hours of CE

Maine Pest Control Continuing Education Every three years

3 hours of CE

North Carolina Pest Control Continuing Education Every 2 of 5 years

4-10 hours of CE depending on license categories

New Jersey Pest Control Continuing Education Every five years by October 31st

4 hours of CE

New Mexico Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by December 31st

 

Private: 5 hours of CE

Commercial: 4 hours of CE

Other license types: 4-8 hours of CE

Nevada Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by December 31st

 

Certified Applicators: 12 hours of CE

Principals/Operators: 6 hours of CE

Oklahoma Pest Control Continuing Education Every 5 years by December 31st

 

5-20+ hours of CE depending on license categories

Oregon Pest Control Continuing Education Every 5 years by December 31st

 

Private: 16 hours of CE; *8 hours max/yr.

Public/Commercial: 40 hours of CE; *15 hours max/yr.

Pennsylvania Pest Control Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

 

6 hours of Core CE; up to 10 hours depending on license categories

South Carolina Pest Control Continuing Education Every 5 years by December 31st

 

Private: 5 hours of CE

Commercial & Noncommercial: 10 hours of CE

Tennessee Pest Control Continuing Education Every 3 years by June 30th

 

6-30+ hours of CE depending on license categories

Texas Pest Control Continuing Education Private: Every 5 years by December 31st

Commercial & Noncommercial: Every year

 

Private: 15 hours of CE

Commercial & Noncommercial: 5 hours of CE

Utah Pest Control Continuing Education Every 2 years by December 31st

 

Private: 6 hours of CE

Commercial & Noncommercial: 24 hours

Virginia Pest Control Continuing Education Every 2 years by license anniversary date

 

3 hours of CE

Vermont Pest Control Continuing Education Every 5 years by license anniversary date

 

Private: 8 hours of CE

Commercial & Noncommercial: 16 hours of CE

Washington Pest Control Continuing Education Every year on license anniversary date but 5 years to complete recertification requirements

 

8-20 hours of CE depending on license type

West Virginia Pest Control Continuing Education Private/Commercial: Every 3 years by license anniversary date;

Technician: Every year

 

Private: 5 hours of CE

Commercial: 10 hours of CE

Technician: 2 hours of CE

Wyoming Pest Control Continuing Education Private: Every 5 years by April 30th

Commercial: Every 5 years by Jan. 31st

 

12 hours of CE

 

2. How many CE credit hours (CEUs) do I need to complete to renew my Pesticide license?

This is the second most common question, and once again (like most of these questions) it depends on the state you operate in.

Please see the table above for a summary of the credit hour requirements in a selection of states, but recognize that these are subject to change as the state governing bodies release new information.

 

3. Where can I find the Department of Agriculture Pesticide License CE requirements and state-approved providers of Pest Control continuing education courses?

Pesticide licenses are regulated and administered at the state level by various governing bodies. Similarly, providers of continuing education must receive approval and be accredited by the state governing boards. Only CE courses completed with an approved provider will be acceptable to meet state certification requirements.

Fortunately, All Star Training is a licensed and approved provider in all states that it offers pesticide continuing education courses. Unlike many providers, our courses are 100% online, allowing you to complete the CE requirements on your own time and at your own pace.

Please see the table below for a summary of the relevant state governing bodies and the list of approved Pesticide continuing education providers.

Alaska Pest Control Continuing Education Alaska Division of Environmental Health Pesticide Control Program

https://dec.alaska.gov/

Arizona Pest Control Continuing Education Arizona Department of Agriculture

https://agriculture.az.gov/

California Pest Control Continuing Education California Department of Pesticide Regulation

https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/

Connecticut Pest Control Continuing Education Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

https://portal.ct.gov/

Florida Pest Control Continuing Education Florida Department of Agriculture

https://www.fdacs.gov/

Georgia Pest Control Continuing Education Georgia Department of Agriculture

http://agr.georgia.gov/

Idaho Pest Control Continuing Education Idaho Department of Agriculture

https://agri.idaho.gov/

Massachusetts Pest Control Continuing Education Massachusetts Department of Agriculture

http://www.mass.gov/

Maryland Pest Control Continuing Education Maryland Department of Agriculture

www.mda.state.md.us

Maine Pest Control Continuing Education Maine Department of Agriculture

www.maine.gov/

North Carolina Pest Control Continuing Education North Carolina Department of Agriculture

http://www.ncagr.gov/

New Mexico Pest Control Continuing Education New Mexico Department of Agriculture

https://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/

Nevada Pest Control Continuing Education Nevada Department of Agriculture

http://agri.nv.gov/

Oklahoma Pest Control Continuing Education Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry

https://www.ag.ok.gov/

Oregon Pest Control Continuing Education Oregon Department of Agriculture

https://www.oregon.gov/

Pennsylvania Pest Control Continuing Education Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/

South Carolina Pest Control Continuing Education Clemson University Public Service and Agriculture

https://www.clemson.edu/

Tennessee Pest Control Continuing Education Tennessee Department of Agriculture

https://www.tn.gov/

Texas Pest Control Continuing Education Texas Department of Agriculture

https://www.texasagriculture.gov/

Utah Pest Control Continuing Education Utah Department of Agriculture

https://ag.utah.gov/

Virginia Pest Control Continuing Education Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/

Vermont Pest Control Continuing Education Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

https://agriculture.vermont.gov/

Washington Pest Control Continuing Education Washington State Department of Agriculture

https://agr.wa.gov/

West Virginia Pest Control Continuing Education West Virginia Department of Agriculture

https://agriculture.wv.gov/

Wyoming Pest Control Continuing Education Wyoming Department of Agriculture

https://wyagric.state.wy.us/

 

4. In what other states is my Pesticide license accepted? 

While licenses are granted at the individual state level, some states offer pest control license reciprocity whereby an out-of-state licensed pest control technician may be allowed to obtain a license within the state provided that they have maintained licensing requirements in the reciprocal state that are consistent with the resident state requirements. However: Reciprocity between states may not extend to CE courses due to state-specific laws and regulations.

Fortunately, some states have similar licensing requirements and may offer reciprocity to licensed pesticide applicators and technicians in comparable states. See below for a list of which states offer reciprocity and the reciprocal states for each:

Alaska Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived if licensed in another state
Arizona Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived if licensed in another state
California Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis
Connecticut Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived if licensed in another state
Florida Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis
Georgia Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived if licensed in another state
Idaho Pest Control Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
Massachusetts Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis
Maryland Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived if licensed in another state
Maine Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis
North Carolina Pest Control Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia;

None for Structural

New Mexico Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis
Nevada Pest Control None
Oklahoma Pest Control Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,

Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas

Oregon Pest Control Idaho and Washington
Pennsylvania Pest Control Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
South Carolina Pest Control All Categories: Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia

All Categories except 7A and 7B: Florida & Georgia

All Categories except 11: North Carolina

1A, 1B, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Only: Arkansas

Non-Commercial / Private Only: Mississippi

Tennessee Pest Control Mississippi
Texas Pest Control Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Oklahoma
Utah Pest Control Varies depending on state and license type
Virginia Pest Control Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina
Vermont Pest Control New Jersey & New York
Washington Pest Control Arizona, California, Idaho, Indiana, Oregon;

None for Structural

West Virginia Pest Control Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia
Wyoming Pest Control Exam requirements may be waived on a case by case basis

 

5. How do I renew my Pesticide license if my license is inactive or I have missed the renewal deadline?

Some states may allow for inactive or expired licenses to be renewed by completing the required continuing education requirements and re-applying for a license without having to complete any additional pre-licensing training or apprenticeship. While some states may offer a grace period, the continuing education requirements (as applicable) are almost always required prior to renewal.

 

6. How long do I need to retain a copy of my completed Pesticide continuing education certificate?

Course completions are reported to the licensing board the next business day unless the state requires licensees to report.  You can access your completion certificate in the ‘Past Courses’ tab any time after you complete the course.

 

7. What do I need to study prior to completing my pest control continuing education (CE)?

All material for the online course is included.

 

8. Can I complete my pest control continuing education (CE) courses online?

In many states, the answer is YES! If your state requires continuing education for license renewal, you can usually complete the course online.  There are some states where online courses are not allowed, and also some states where only partial credit can be obtained from online courses.  Please visit our Courses Offered page to complete your CE credit today! If a course is not available in your state, please let us know using our Contact Us page and we will do our best to become an approved provider.