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

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

Pest Control Applicator



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 Oregon $50 0 2 0 18
25 Hawaii $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 Kansas $75 0 2 0 0
36 Vermont $75 0 2 0 0
36 Iowa $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 Ohio $35 0 2 0 0
46 Arkansas $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

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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