Arizona pest control license:
Everything you need to know

In the United States, the pest control industry generates about 9 billion dollars each year. You can begin a rewarding career in this growing industry. An Arizona pest control license offers a competitive salary 

Pest control technicians are responsible for eliminating rodents, bugs, and other pests that put public safety at risk. Read this guide to get started.

Does Arizona require a pest control license?

Private and commercial applicators in Arizona must have a license to apply or supervise the application of restricted-use pesticides.

Are there different types of licenses for Arizona?

Arizona pest control applicator license categories are:

  • Certified applicator license
  • Certified qualified applicator license
  • Pesticide business license

Certified applicator licensees are authorized to apply restricted-use and general pesticides as employees of a licensed business. Applicants must pass an examination and show proof of lawful presence. The fee for the certified applicator license is $75.

Certified qualified applicator licensees are authorized to apply restricted-use and general use pesticides as employees of a licensed business. In addition, they are authorized to register as a qualifying party of a business licensee. Applicants must pass an examination, possess experience, and present evidence of lawful presence. The application fee is $100.

Business applicator licensees are authorized to own a pest control management business. Applicants must provide proof of financial security, articles of incorporation/organization, and a copy of a trade name certificate. The application fee is $250.

Certifications and licenses are granted by the Arizona Department of Agriculture – Pest Management Division. The average yearly pay for Arizona pest control technicians is about $39,000.

How do I become licensed for pest control in Arizona?

The first step is to apply for a certified applicator license. The next step is to apply for a certified qualified applicator license. Then, you can apply for a pesticide business license.

Arizona examination and training programs and information:

Arizona pesticide certification and recertification course costs:

 Expect to pay between $50 and $200 per course.


  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Possess a valid Arizona identification card or driver’s license
  • Be employed by a licensed business
  • Possess a certified applicator license for two years (Certified qualified applicator applicants)
  • Complete 12 credit hours of pest management courses (Certified qualified applicator applicants)

On-the-Job Experience:

  • Eliminate pests in residential and commercial settings
  • Spray general and restricted-use pesticides on infested areas
  • Build and maintain relationships with clients
  • Transport pesticide equipment to various jobs using a company vehicle
  • Calculate cost estimates for pest control services

Licensing board Information:

 Submit your application, fee, and proof of credentials to the Arizona Department of Agriculture – Pest Management Division.

Arizona license examination requirements:

 Applicants must meet the qualifications for each license to sit for certified applicator and certified qualified applicator examinations. Exams cost $55 each.

Arizona certification and recertification courses include:

  • Advanced Termite Control
  • Introduction to Insects
  • Insecticide Application
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Mosquito Biology
  • Larval Management
  • Animal Classification
  • Fumigation

Arizona examination resources:

How to use your pest control license to get a job

There are several types of jobs available with your Arizona pest control license. Here are a few title keywords to use during your job search:

  • Certified Pest Control Technician
  • Bed Bug Exterminator
  • Pest Control Representative
  • Hand Spray Operator
  • Licensed Pest Control Manager
  • Pest Control Technician/Specialist
  • Termite Exterminator
  • Spray Worker
  • Pest Control Apprentice
  • Commercial/Residential Pest Control Technician

Top websites to find a job in the pest control industry:

The hourly pay rate for a pest control technician in Arizona is $19.41.

Arizona pest control technician job interview tips:

  • Work on your job interview skills with a friend
  • Read the job posts carefully to determine if you meet the qualifications
  • Dress professionally
  • Provide concise and clear answers to questions
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the interview

Pest control industry trends

Pest control industry trends include:

  • Educate customers about local pests and infestation prevention tips
  • Large populations attract a variety of pests
  • Companies use automated systems to streamline billing and scheduling processes
  • Pest control workers attend trade shows.

Dangers of being a pest control technician

Arizona pest control technicians face different hazards including:

  • Aggressive pests
  • Chemical exposure
  • On-the-job injuries

Pest control safety tips:

  • Keep pesticides away from open fire
  • Apply pesticides according to the directions
  • Wear protective clothing

Is my pest control license only valid in Arizona?

Arizona does not have a formal reciprocal licensing agreement with another state.

How often do I need to renew my pest control license in Arizona?

Renew your Arizona pest control license every year. Arizona license renewal fees and recertification course costs range from $75 to $400.

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