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Evolution is a tricky thing. We develop products that make our work easier, but sometimes that comes at a price. Pesticides are one such example.

Understandably, the more we learn about the harmful effects of pesticides on plants, animals, water, and land, the more regulated the industry becomes. If you start a business selling, applying, or storing pesticides, you’ll need a pesticide license.

Why You Need a Pesticide License

A pesticide permit is just one type of environmental license the EPA and your state require. The purpose in asking business owners to apply for a pesticide permit is to show that they have been properly trained in the use and disposal of what is in many cases a toxic chemical. Also, having a pesticide license shows that you agree to abide by state and federal environmental laws.

Going to “Pesticide School”

Before you can get approved for a pesticide permit, you will first need to take some training and education courses. Your state’s business licenses, permits & tax department can tell you where these classes are available; often you can take them online, making it extremely convenient to study for your exam before getting your pesticide license.

Your state may have a requirement for the number of course hours you have to take, or you may simply have to pass an exam relating to pesticide use, storage, and safety. Once you pass the test, you can apply for your pesticide permit.

Other Items You Need

Once you’ve passed your exam, you should be given proof of your score or passing. Include this in your application. You may also be required to include a certificate of insurance proving that you have a certain amount of liability coverage. Your state environmental license division can inform you of what the minimum insurance coverage you need is. You’ll also need to pay for the pesticide license fee along with your application.